Comparative proteomics of Brucella melitensis is a useful toolbox for developing prophylactic interventions in a One-Health context

Bruno Tilocca, Alessio Soggiu, Viviana Greco, Flavio Sacchini, Giuliano Garofolo, Valentina Paci, Luigi Bonizzi, Andrea Urbani, Manuela Tittarelli, Paola Roncada

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Brucellosis caused by Brucella melitensis is a zoonosis frequently reported in the Mediterranean and Middle-East regions and responsible for important economic losses and reduced animal welfare. To date, current strategies applied to control or eradicate the disease relies on diagnostic tests that suffer from limited specificity in non-vaccinated animals; while prophylactic measures, when applied, use a live attenuated bacterial strain characterized by residual virulence on adult pregnant animals and difficulties in distinguishing vaccinated from infected animals. To overcome these issues, studies are desired to elucidate the bacterial biology and the pathogenetic mechanisms of both the vaccinal strain and the pathogenic strains. Proteomics has a potential in tackling issues of One-Health concern; here, we employed label-free shotgun proteomics to investigate the protein repertoire of the vaccinal strain B. melitensis Rev.1 and compare it with the proteome of the Brucella melitensis 16 M, a reference strain representative of B. melitensis field strains. Comparative proteomics profiling underlines common and diverging traits between the two strains. Common features suggest the potential biochemical routes responsible for the residual virulence of the vaccinal strain, whilst the diverging traits are suggestive biochemical signatures to be further investigated to provide an optimized diagnostic capable of discriminating the vaccinated from infected animals. The data presented in this study are openly available in PRIDE data repository at, reference number PXD022472.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaOne Health
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021


  • proteomics


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