Title:
Therapeutic TB vaccine
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Therapeutic vaccines comprising polypeptides expressed during the latent stage of mycobacteria infection are provided, as are multiphase vaccines, and methods for treating and preventing tuberculosis.



Inventors:
Andersen, Peter (Bronshoj, DK)
Rosenkrands, Ida (Vaerlose, DK)
Stryhn, Anette (Virum, DK)
Application Number:
10/617038
Publication Date:
03/25/2004
Filing Date:
07/11/2003
Assignee:
ANDERSEN PETER
ROSENKRANDS IDA
STRYHN ANETTE
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A61K39/02; A61K39/04; A61P31/06; C07K14/35; C12Q1/04; (IPC1-7): A61K39/02
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Primary Examiner:
SWARTZ, RODNEY P
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HOWSON & HOWSON LLP (Blue Bell, PA, US)
Claims:
1. A method for inducing an immune response to latent tuberculosis in an individual, said method comprising the step of delivering a composition comprising one or more polypeptides or fragments thereof, which polypeptides are upregulated or expressed during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, and/or nucleic acids encoding these polypeptides.

2. The method according to claim 1, wherein said individual is infected by a virulent mycobacterium, e.g. M. tuberculosis, and is not vaccinated with BCG against tuberculosis.

3. The method according to claim 1, where the polypeptides upregulated during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, comprises one or more an amino acid sequences selected from (a) SEQ ID NO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45 (b) an immunogenic portion, e.g. a T-cell epitope, of any one of the sequences in (a); and/or (c) an amino acid sequence analogue having at least 70% sequence identity to any one of the sequences in (a) or (b) and at the same time being immunogenic.

4. The method according to claim 3, where the immunogenic portions are selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45.

5. The method according to claim 1, where the nucleic acid sequences are selected from SEQ ID NO: 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89 and 90.

6. A therapeutic vaccine against tuberculosis comprising one or more polypeptides or fragments hereof, which polypeptides are expressed during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, and/or nucleic acids encoding these polypeptides.

7. A therapeutic vaccine according to claim 6 where the polypeptides upregulated during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, which stage is characterized by low-oxygen tension in the microenvironment of the mycobacteria, comprises one or more amino acid sequences selected from (a) SEQ ID NO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45 (b) an immunogenic portion, e.g. a T-cell epitope, of any one of the sequences in (a); and/or (c) an amino acid sequence analogue having at least 70% sequence identity to any one of the sequences in (a) or (b) and at the same time being immunogenic.

8. A therapeutic vaccine according to claim 7, where the immunogenic portions are selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 ,21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45.

9. A therapeutic vaccine according to claim 6, where the polypeptides or fragments hereof, which polypeptides are expressed during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, which stage is characterized by low-oxygen tension in the microenvironment of the mycobacteria, are fused to other antigens expressed by bacteria within the mycobacteria family.

10. A therapeutic vaccine according to claim 9 where the fusion partners is selected from the group consisting of ESAT-6, ESAT-6-Ag85B, TB10.4, CFP10, RD1-ORF5, RD1-ORF2, Rv1036, MPB64, MPT64, Ag85A, Ag85B (MPT59), MPB59, Ag85C, 19 kDa lipoprotein, MPT32.

11. A therapeutic vaccine according to claims 6, where the nucleic acid sequence are selected from SEQ ID NO: 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89 and 90.

12. A multiphase vaccine comprising antigen components with therapeutic activity according to claim 6 combined with antigen components with prophylactic activity.

13. A multiphase vaccine according to claim 12 where the antigen components with prophylactic activity comprises ESAT-6, ESAT-6-Ag85B, TB10.4, CFP10, RD1-ORF5, RD1-ORF2, Rv1036, MPB64, MPT64, Ag85A, Ag85B (MPT59), MPB59, Ag85C, 19 kDa lipoprotein or MPT32.

14. A vaccine according to claim 6, comprising as the effective component a non-pathogenic microorganism, wherein at least one copy of a DNA fragment comprising an antigen component with therapeutic activity selected from SEQ ID NO: 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89 and 90 or/and an antigen component with prophylactic activity has been incorporated into the genome of the microorganism in a manner allowing the microorganism to express and optionally secrete the polypeptide.

15. A vaccine according to claim 14 where the non-pathogenic microorganism is selected among bacteria or virus.

16. A vaccine according to claim 6, where the antigen components are recombinant polypeptides or synthetic peptides delivered in a delivery system such as an adjuvant.

17. A vaccine according to claims 6 in which the amino acid sequence is lipidated so as to allow a self-adjuvanting effect of the polypeptide.

18. A method for treating an animal, including a human being, with tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g. by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, comprising administering to the animal the vaccine according to claim 6.

19. A method for immunizing an animal, including a human being, against tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g. by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, comprising administering to the animal the vaccine according to claim 12.

20. A method of diagnosing tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g. by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, in an animal, including a human being, comprising application or intradermally injecting, in the animal, polypeptides or fragments hereof, which polypeptides are expressed during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, and/or nucleic acids encoding these polypeptides, a positive skin response at the location of injection or application being indicative of the animal having tuberculosis, and a negative skin response at the location of injection or application being indicative of the animal not having tuberculosis.

21. A method for diagnosing previous or ongoing infection with a virulent mycobacterium, said method comprising contacting a sample, e.g. a blood sample, comprising mononuclear cells (e.g. T-lymphocytes), with a polypeptides or fragments hereof, which polypeptides are expressed during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, which stage is characterized by low-oxygen tension in the microenvironment of the mycobacteria, in order to detect a positive reaction, e.g. proliferation of the cells or release of cytokines such as IFN-γ.

22. A method of diagnosing Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in a subject comprising: (a) contacting a polypeptides or fragments hereof, which polypeptides are expressed during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, which stage is characterized by low-oxygen tension in the microenvironment of the mycobacteria, with a bodily fluid of the subject; (b) detecting binding of an antibody to said polypeptide, said binding being an indication that said subject is infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis or is susceptible to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application is a non-provisional of U.S. Patent Application No. 60/401,725, filed Aug. 7, 2002, and claims the benefit of the priority thereof.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention discloses a therapeutic vaccine against latent or active tuberculosis infection caused by the tuberculosis complex microorganisms (Mycobacterium tuberculosis., M.bovis, M.africanum). The invention furthermore discloses a multi-phase vaccine that can be administered either prophylactically or therapeutically as well as a diagnostic reagent for the detection of latent stages of tuberculosis.

[0003] Human tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) is a severe global health problem, responsible for approx. 3 million deaths annually, according to the WHO. The worldwide incidence of new tuberculosis (TB) cases had been falling during the 1960s and 1970s but during recent decades this trend has markedly changed in part due to the advent of AIDS and the appearance of multidrug resistant strains of M. tuberculosis.

[0004] Organisms of the tuberculosis complex can cause a variety of diseases, but the commonest route of invasion is by inhalation of bacteria. This initiates an infection in the lung, which can ultimately spread to other parts of the body. Normally, this infection is restricted in growth by the immune system, so that the majority of infected individuals show few signs apart from cough and fever, which eventually abates. Approximately 30% of individuals are unable to contain the infection and they will develop primary disease, which in many cases will eventually prove fatal. However, it is believed that even those individuals who apparently control the infection remain infected, probably for the rest of their life. Certainly, individuals who have been healthy for years or even decades can suddenly develop tuberculosis, which has proven to be caused by the same organism they were infected with many years previously. M. tuberculosis and other organisms of the TB complex are unique in that the mycobacteria can evade the immune response and survive for long periods in a refractory non-replicating or slowly-replicating stage. This is referred to as latent TB and is at present a very significant global health problem that is estimated to affect approximately ⅓ of the world's population (Anon., 2001).

[0005] The course of a M. tuberculosis infection runs essentially through 3 phases, as illustrated in FIG. 1. During the acute phase, the bacteria proliferate in the organs, until the immune response increases to the point at which it can control the infection, whereupon the bacterial load peaks and starts declining. After this, a latent phase is established where the bacterial load is kept stable at a low level. In this phase M. tuberculosis goes from active multiplication to dormancy, essentially becoming non-replicating and remaining inside the granuloma. In some cases, the infection goes to the reactivation phase, where the dormant bacteria start replicating again. The full nature of the immune response that controls latent infection and the factors that lead to reactivation are largely unknown. However, there is some evidence for a shift in the dominant cell types responsible. While CD4 T cells are essential and sufficient for control of infection during the acute phase, studies suggest that CD8 T cell responses are more important in the latent phase. It is also likely that changes in the antigen-specificity of the response occur, as the bacterium modulates gene expression during its transition from active replication to dormancy.

[0006] The only vaccine presently available for clinical use is BCG, a vaccine whose efficacy remains a matter of controversy. Although BCG consistently performs well in animal models of primary infection, it has clearly failed to control the TB epidemic. Consistent with that, BCG vaccination appears to provide protection against pediatric TB (which is due to primary infection), while offering little or no protection against adult disease (which is often reactivation of latent infection acquired in childhood). It has also been shown that vaccination of individuals who are currently sensitized to mycobacteria or latently infected is ineffective. Thus, current vaccination strategies, while effective against primary disease, fail to activate immune responses that efficiently control surviving dormant bacteria.

[0007] At this point no vaccine has been developed that confers protection against reactivation whether given as a prophylactic vaccine prior to infection or as a therapeutic vaccine given to already latently infected individuals.

[0008] This makes the development of a new and improved vaccine against TB an urgent matter, which has been given a very high priority by the WHO. Many attempts to define protective mycobacterial substances have been made, and different investigators have reported increased resistance after experimental vaccination. However, these efforts have almost exclusively focused on the development of prophylactic vaccines for the prevention of disease (Doherty, 2002), and such vaccines have not been demonstrated to work if given in an immunotherapeutic fashion (Turner, 2000).

[0009] It has been suggested that the transition of M. tuberculosis from primary infection to latency is accompanied by changes in gene expression (see, for example, Honer zu Bentrup, 2001, which is incorporated herein by reference). In vitro hypoxic culture conditions, which mimic the conditions of low oxygen tension and restricted nutrients found in the granuloma (the location of the latent infection), have been used to analyze changes in gene expression and a number of antigens have been found that are induced or markedly upregulated under these conditions e.g. the 16 kDa antigen α-crystalline (Boon, 2001, Monahan, 2001, Florczyk 2001, Sherman 2001, Manganelli, 2001, all of which are incorporated herein by reference) and Rv0569 as described in Rosenkrands, 2002, and which is described in WO0179274.

[0010] As noted in the references cited above, it is already known that some genes are upregulated under conditions that mimic latency. However, these are a limited subset of the total gene expression during latent infection. Moreover, as one skilled in the art will readily appreciate, expression of a gene is not sufficient to make it a good vaccine candidate. The only way to determine if a protein is recognized by the immune system during latent infection with M. tuberculosis is to produce the given protein and test it in an appropriate assay as described herein. Of the more than 200 hundred antigens known to be expressed during primary infection, and tested as vaccines, less than a half dozen have demonstrated significant potential. So far only one antigen has been shown to have any potential as a therapeutic vaccine (Lowrie, 1999). However this vaccine only worked if given as a DNA vaccine, an experimental technique so far not approved for use in humans. Moreover, the technique has proved controversial, with other groups claiming that vaccination using this protocol induces either non-specific protection or even worsens disease (Turner, 2000).

[0011] What are needed are therapeutic vaccines that treat latent TB infection.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0012] The present invention provides therapeutic vaccines based on molecules that are induced or upregulated under the conditions of low oxygen transmission and restricted nutrients found in the granuloma (i.e., the location of latent TB infection). These vaccines are therapeutic and contrast with prior art vaccines which are designed to elicit protective immune responses prior to infection (prophylactic vaccination) that are only effective against primary infection. The immune responses elicited are powerless against the latent stage of the disease, because the bacteria have changed the antigens that they produce so that in essence they have altered their appearance and the immune system can no longer recognize them. However, latency is a dynamic process, maintained by the immune response, as indicated by the dramatic increase in the risk of reactivation of TB after HIV infection or other events that compromise immunity. Therefore, an effective vaccination strategy to protect infected individuals (therapeutic vaccination) is possible, but only if it is directed against those antigens expressed in the latent stage.

[0013] Further, the present invention provides a multiphase vaccine that combines components with prophylactic and therapeutic activity. In contrast, existing TB vaccines do not result in sterilizing immunity but rather control the infection at a subclinical level (thereby resulting in the subsequent establishment of latent infection. After conventional prophylactic vaccination, the evasion of the primary immune response and the subsequent development of latent disease are probably at least in part due to the change in the antigenic profile of the invading bacteria. Thus, vaccinating with antigens associated with latent TB prevents or reduces the establishment of latent infection and therefore, a vaccine incorporating antigens expressed by the bacteria both in the first logarithmic growth phase and during latent disease improve long-term immunity when used as a prophylactic vaccine. A multiphase vaccine of the invention will also be efficient as a therapeutic vaccine thereby addressing the problem that the majority of the population in the third world who would receive a future TB vaccine could be already latently infected.

[0014] For a number of years, a major effort has been put into the identification of protective antigens for the development of novel prophylactic vaccines against TB and today a few antigens with demonstrated protective activity in prophylactic vaccines have been identified (e.g. ESAT-6, the 38 kDa antigen, Ag85A and Ag85B). Such molecules are useful components, which in combination with latency associated antigens such as α-crystalline, form a multiphase vaccine of the invention. Advantageously and in contrast to antigens in the art, the antigens described in the invention are incorporated in vaccines through the use of well-recognized vaccination technology, as demonstrated in provided examples.

[0015] Finally, the immunodominant antigens identified in this invention may be used as diagnostic reagents. Our group has abundantly demonstrated that antigens expressed by mycobacteria during the early stages of the infection, such as ESAT-6 (Early Secretory Antigen Target-6) are recognized in individuals who are in the process of developing primary TB, even though they are healthy at the time of diagnosis (Doherty 2002). However, the large numbers of contacts who are exposed, and almost certainly infected, remain negative to this antigen (Doherty 2002). Since those individuals latently infected remain healthy by making an immune response against the latent bacteria, they must be making an immune response to those antigens expressed by the latent bacteria. Thus, the antigens of the invention may also be used to diagnose latent infection and differentiate it from primary acute TB.

[0016] Other aspects and advantages of the invention will be readily apparent to one of skill in the art.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0017] FIGS. 1A and 1B illustrate the results of testing in TB vaccination models. A schematic time schedule of the models for FIG. 1A, prophylactic vaccination and FIG. 1B, therapeutic vaccination. Each square on the time axis represents one week. Three prophylactic vaccinations two weeks apart are given 6 weeks prior to an aerosol infection. The protective effect of the vaccines is measured 6 weeks after infection, in the acute phase of the infection. For analysis of therapeutic vaccinations a reactivation model is established, where aerosol infected mice are treated with anti-M tuberculosis drugs for 8 weeks from the peak of infection (6 weeks after infection). This induces a latent infection phase with a low bacterial load. Four to five weeks into the latency phase three therapeutic vaccinations are given two weeks apart and the protective effect of the vaccines is measured as bacterial load in the reactivation phase, seven weeks after the last immunization.

[0018] FIGS. 2A and 2B illustrate prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine induced protection. C57BI/6j mice were immunized 3 times with a 2-week interval with recombinant ESAT6, BCG or recombinant Rv2031c. In FIG. 2A, the immunization was given as a prophylactic vaccine 6 weeks before the mice were given a M. tuberculosis infection (approx. 250 bacilli) through the aerosol route with. Bacterial numbers in the lung was enumerated 6 weeks post infection. In FIG. 2B, the immunization was given as a therapeutic vaccine after a latent infection had been established. Bacterial numbers in the lung was enumerated 8 weeks after the last immunization. The data represents the mean of 5 individual mice.

[0019] FIG. 3 illustrates Rv2031c specific IFN-γ responses. Latent infected C57BI/6j mice were either not immunized or immunized with 3 μg recombinant Rv2031 3 times with a two-week interval. One and two weeks post immunization mice were bleed and PBMCs isolated. The frequency of IFN-γ producing cells specific for either ESAT6 or Rv2031c was determined for both the rRv2031c immunized and the unimmunized group. In an ELIspot plate precoated with anti-IFN-γ antibodies graded numbers of PBMCs were incubated with either 2 μg/ml rRv2031c or 2 μg/ml rESAT6. After 32 h the plate was washed and incubated with biotinylated anti-INF-γ antibodies followed by a streptavidin-alkalinephosphatase incubation. The INFγ spots, representing individual IFN-γ producing cells were visualized using BCIP/NBT substrate. The results are shown as number RV2031c specific IFN-γ producing cell (black bars) and number of ESAT6 specific IFN-γ producing cell (hatch bars) per 106 PBMCs.

[0020] FIGS. 4A and 4B illustrate the results of epitope screening of RV2031c. PBMCs from rRV2031c immunized latently infected C57BI/6j mice were analyzed for recognition of 20′mer overlapping peptides scanning through Rv2031c. In FIG. 4A, the peptides were analyzed in pools of 3-4 peptides. PBMCs (2×105) were incubated for 72 h with the peptide pools at 5 μg/ml per peptide. Supernatant was harvested and secreted IFN-γ was quantitated by ELISA. In FIG. 4B, individual peptides of positive pools were reanalyzed. PBMCs (2×105) were incubated for 72 h with 1 μg/ml of each peptide. Secreted IFN-γ in the supernatant was quantitated.

[0021] FIGS. 5A and 5B illustrate protection against reactivation conferred by therapeutic vaccine given during latent infection. Latent infected C57BI/6j mice were immunized 3 times with or without rRv2031c. Bacterial numbers in lung (FIG. 5A) and spleen (FIG. 5B) was enumerated 8 weeks after the last immunization. The data represents the mean of 8 individual mice.

[0022] FIGS. 6A and 6B illustrate Rv0569 specific IFN-γ responses. Latent infected C57BI/6j mice were vaccinated with 3 μg of either recombinant Rv0569 or recombinant ESAT6 in a DDA/MPL adjuvant. The vaccines were given as 3 s.c. injections with a two-week interval and the induced immune response were evaluated 7 weeks after the last vaccination. Isolated splenocytes (2×105) were incubated for 72 h with antigen at 1 μg/ml. Supernatant was harvested and secreted IFN-γ was quantitated by ELISA using paired anti-murine IFN-γ antibodies (PharMingen) and recombinant IFN-γ (PharMingen) as standard. In FIG. 6A, Rv0569 specific response is measured in Rv0569-vaccinated and un-vaccinated latently infected mice; in FIG. 6B, the ESAT6 specific response is measured in ESAT6-vaccinated and un-vaccinated latently infected mice

[0023] FIGS. 7A and 7B illustrate therapeutic vaccine induced protection against reactivation. Latently infected C57BI/6j mice were vaccinated once with BCG or 3 times with a 2-week interval with either recombinant Rv0569 or recombinant ESAT6. Seven weeks after the last vaccination the bacterial numbers was enumerated in FIG. 7A, the lung and in FIG. 7B, the spleen of vaccinated and un-vaccinated mice. The data represents the mean of Log CFU per organ of 6-8 individual mice.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0024] The invention is related to preventing, treating and detecting infections caused by species of the tuberculosis complex (Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M. bovis, M. africanum) by the use of a polypeptide comprising a M. tuberculosis antigen or an immunogenic portion or other variant thereof, or by the use of a DNA sequence encoding a M. tuberculosis antigen or an immunogenic portion or other variant thereof. The invention discloses a new therapeutic vaccine against tuberculosis comprising antigens induced during the latent stage of TB-infection. It also discloses a multiphase vaccine incorporating a combination of prophylactic and therapeutic antigens as well as diagnostic reagents for the detection of the latent stage of M. tuberculosis infection.

[0025] The present invention discloses the use of one or more polypeptides, nucleic acids encoding these polypeptides or fragments hereof, which polypeptides are expressed during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, which stage is characterized by low-oxygen tension in the microenvironment of the mycobacteria, for a therapeutic vaccine against tuberculosis.

[0026] The polypeptides comprises one or more amino acid sequences selected from

[0027] (a) The sequences presented in Table 1.

[0028] (b) an immunogenic portion, e.g. a T-cell epitope, of any one of the sequences in (a); and/or

[0029] (c) an amino acid sequence analogue having at least 70% sequence identity to any one of the sequences in (a) or (b) and at the same time being immunogenic. 1

TABLE 1
Amino acid sequences of selected low oxygen induced antigens
SEQ ID
Rv no.NO:Sequence
Rv056991MKAKVGDWLVIKGATIDQPDHRGLIIEVRSSDGSPPYVVRWLETDHVATVIPGPDA
VVVTAEEQNAADERAQHRFGAVQSAILHARGT
Rv00791VEPKRSRLVVCAPEPSHAREFPDVAVFSGGRANASQAERLARAVGRVLADRGVTGG
ARVRLTMANCADGPTLVQINLQVGDTPLRAQAATAGIDDLRPALIRLDRQIVRASA
QWCPRPWPDRPRRRLTTPAEALVTRRKPVVLRRATPLQAIAAMDAMDYDVHLFTDA
ETGEDAVVYRAGPSGLRLARQHHVFPPGWSRCRAPAGPPVPLIVNSRPTPVLTEAA
AVDRAREHGLPFLFFTDQATGRGQLLYSRYDGNLGLITPTGDGVADGLA
Rv00802MSPGSRRASPQSAREVVELDRDEAMRLLASVDHGRVVFTRAALPAIRPVNHLVVDG
RVIGRTRLTAKVSVAVRSSADAGVVVAYEADDLDPRRRTGWSVVVTGLATEVSDPE
QVARYQRLLHPWVNMAMDTVVAIEPEIVTGIRIVADSRTP
Rv00813VESEPLYKLKAEFFKTLAHPARIRILELLVERDRSVGELLSSDVGLESSNLSQQLG
VLRRAGVVAARRDGNAMIYSIAAPDIAELLAVARKVLARVLSDRVAVLEDLRAGG-
SAT
Rv0363c4MPIATPEVYAEMLGQAKQNSYAFPAINCTSSETVNAAIKGFADAGSDGIIQF
STGGAEFGSGLGVKDMVTGAVALAEFTHVIAAKYPVNVALHTDHCPKDKLDS
YVRPLLAISAQRVSKGGNPLFQSHMWDGSAVPIDENLAIAQELLKAAAAAKI
ILEIEIGVVGGEEDGVANEINEKLYTSPEDFEKTIEALGAGEHGKYLLAATF
GNVHGVYKPGNVKLRPDILAQGQQVAAAKLGLPADAKPFDFVFHGGSGSLKS
EIEEALRYGVVKMNVDTDTQYAFTRPIAGHMFTNYDGVLKVDEVGVKKVYD
PRSYLKKAEASMSQRVVQACNDLHCAGKSLTH
Rv05725MGEHAIKRHMRQRKPTKHPLAQKRGARILVFTDDPRRSVLIVPGCHLDSMRR
EKNAYYFQDGNALVGMVVSGGTEYDADDRTYVVQLTDGRHTTESSFEH-
SSPSRSPQSDDL
Rv0574c6VAGNPDVVTVLLGGDVMLGRGVDQILPHPGKPQLRERYMRDATGYVRLAERV
NGRIPLPVDWRWPWGEALAVLENTATDVCLINLETTITADGEFADRKPVCYR
MHPDNVPALTALRPHVCALANNHILDFGYQGLTDTVALLAGAGIQSVGAGAD
LLAARRSALVTVGHERRVIVGSVAAESSGVPESWAARRDRPGVWLIRDPAQR
DVADDVAAQVLADKRPGDIAIVSMHWGSNWGYATAPGDVAFAHRLIDAGIDM
VHGHSSHHPRPIEIYRGKPILYGCGDVVDDYEGIGGHESFRSELRLLYLTVT
PDASGNLISLQMLPLRVSRMRLQRASQTDTEWLRNTIERISRRFGIRVVTRP
DNLLEVVPAANLTSKE
Rv12647VTDHVREADDANIDDLLGDLGGTARAERAKLVEWLLEQGITPDEIRATNPPL
LLATRHLVGDDGTYVSAREISENYGVDLELLQRVQRAVGLARVDDPDAVVHM
RADGEAAARAQRFVELGLNPDQVVLVVRVLAEGLSHAAEAMRYTALEAIMRP
GATELDIAKGSQALVSQIVPLLGPMIQDMLFMQLRHMMETEAVNAGERAAGK
PLPGARQVTVAFADLVGFTQLGEVVSAEELGHLAGRLAGLARDLTAPPVWFI
KTIGDAVMLVCPDPAPLLDTVLKLVEVVDTDNNFPRLRAGVASGMAVSRAGD
WFGSPVNVASRVTGVARPGAVLVADSVREALGDAPEADGFQWSFAGPRRLRG
IRGDVRLFRVRRGATRTGSGGAAQDDDLAGSSP
Rv1592c8MVEPGNLAGATGAEWIGRPPHEELQRKVRPLLPSDDPFYFPPAGYQHAVPGT
VLRSRDVELAFMGLIPQPVTATQLLYRTTNMYGNPEATVTTVIVPAELAPGQ
TCPLLSYQCAIDAMSSRCFPSYALRRRAKALGSLTQMELLMISAALAEGWAV
SVPDHEGPKGLWGSPYEPGYRVLDGIRAALNSERVGLSPATPIGLWGYSGGG
LASAWAAEACGEYAPDLDIVGAVLGSPVGDLGHTFRRLNGTLLAGLPALVVA
ALQHSYPGLARVIKEHANDEGRQLLEQLTEMTTVDAVIRMAGRDMGDFLDEP
LEDILSTPEISHVFGDTKLGSAVPTPPVLIVQAVHDYLIDVSDIDALADSYT
AGGANVTYHRDLFSEHVSLHPLSAPMTLRWLTDRFAGKPLTDHRVRTTWPTI
FNPMTYAGMARLAVIAAKVITGRKLSRRPL
Rv1733c9MIATTRDREGATMITFRLRLPCRTILRVFSRNPLVRGTDRLEAVVMLLAVTV
SLLTIPFAAAAGTAVQDSRSHVYAHQAQTRHPATATVIDHEGVIDSNTTATS
APPRTKITVPARWVVNGIERSGEVNAKPGTKSGDRVGIWVDSAGQLVDEPAP
PARAIADAALAALGLWLSVAAVAGALLALTRAILIRVRNASWQHDIDSLFC-
TQR
Rv1734c10MTNVGDQGVDAVFGVIYPPQVALVSFGKPAQRVCAVDGAIHVMTTVLATLPA
DHGCSDDHRGALFFLSINELTRCAAVTG
Rv1736c11VTVTPRTGSRIEELLARSGREFIPGEISADLRTVTRRGGRDGDVFYRDRWSHDK
VVRSTHGVNCTGSCSWKIYVKDDIITWETQETDYPSVGPDRPEYEPRGCPRGAA
FSWYTYSPTRVRHPYARGVLVEMYREAKARLGDPVAAWADIQADPRRRRRYQRA
RGKGGLVRVSWAEATEMIAAAHVHTISTYGPDRVAGFSPIPAMSMVSHAAGSRF
VELIGGVMTSFYDWYADLPVASPQVFGDQTDVPESGDWWDVVWQCASVLLTYPN
SRQLGTAEELLAHIDGPAADLLGRTVSELRRADPLTAATRYVDTFDLRGPATLY
LTYWTAGDTRNRGREMLAFAQTYRSTDVAPPRGETPDFLPVVLEFAATVDPEAG
RRLLSGYRVPIAALCNALTEAALPYAHTVAAVCRTGDMMGELEFWTVVPYVTMTI
VAVGSWWRYRYDKFGWTTRSSQLYESRLLRIASPMFHFGILVVIVGHGIGLVIP
QSWTQAAGLSEGAYHVQAVVLGSIAGITTLAGVTLLIYRRRTRGPVFMATTVND
KVMYLVLVAAIVAGLGATALGSGVVGEAYNYRETVSVWFRSVWVLQPRGDLMAE
APLYYQIHVLIGLALFALWPFTRLVHAFSAPIGYLFRPYIIYRSREELVLTR-
PRRRGW
Rv1737c12MRGQAANLVLATWISVVNFWAWNLIGPLSTSYARDMSLSSAEASLLVATPILVG
ALGRIVTGPLTDRFGGRAMLIAVTLASILPVLAVGVAATMGSYALLVFFGLFLG
VAGTTFAVGIPFANNWYQPARRGFSTGVFGMGMVGTALSAFFTPRFVRWFGLFT
THAIVAAALASTAVVAMVVLRDAPYFRPNADPVLPRLKAIAAARLPVTWEMSFLYA
IVFGGFVAFSNYLPTYITTIYGFSTVDAGARTAGFALAIXVLARPVGGWLSDRIA
PRHVVLASLAGTALLAFAAALQPPPEVWSAATFITTLAVCLGVGTGGVFAWVARR
APAASVGSVTGTVAAAGGLGGYFPPLVMGATYDPVDNDYTVGLLLLVATALVAC-
TYTALHAREPVSEEASR
Rv1738c13MCGDQSDHVLQHWTVDISTDEHEGLTRAKARLRWREKELVGVGLARLNPADRNV
PEIGDELSVARALSDLGKRMLKVSTHDTEAVTHQPARLLY
Rv1739c14MIPTMTSAGWAPGVVQFREYQRRWLRGDVLAGLTVAAYLIPQAMAYATVAGLPP
AAGLWASTAPLAIYALLGSSRQLSIGPESATALMTAAVLAPMAAGDLRRYAVLA
ATLGLLVGLICLLAGTARLGFLASLRSRPVLVGYMAGIALVMISSQLGTITGTS
VEGNEFFSEVHSFATSVTRVHWPTFVLAMSVLALLTMLTRWAPRAPGPITAVLA
ATMLVAVMSLDAKGTAIVGRTPSGLPTPGVPPVSVEDLPALIIPAAGIAIVTFT
DGVLTARAFAARRGQEVNANAELRAVGACNIAAGLTHGFPVSSSSSRTALADVV
GGRTQLYSLIALGLVVIVMVFASGLLAMFPIAALGALVVYAALRLIDLSEFRRL
ARFRRSELMLALATTAAVLGLGVFYGVLAAVALSILELLRRVAHPHDSVLGFVP
GIAGMHDIDDYPQAKRVPGLVVYRYDAPLCFANAEDFRRRALTVVQDPGQVEW
FVLNAESNVEVDLTALDALDQLRTELLRRGIVFAMARVKQDLRESLRAASLLDK
IGEDHIFMTLPTAVQAFRRR
Rv1813c15MITNLRRRTAMAAAGLGAALGLGILLVPTVDAHLANGSMSEVMMSEIAG
LPIPPIIHYGATAYAPSGASGKAWHQRTPARAEQVALEKCGDKTCKVVS
RFTRCGAVAYNGSKYQGGTGLTRRAAEDDAVNRLEGGRIVNWACN
Rv1997c16LSASVSATTAHHGLPAHEVVLLLESDPYHGLSDGEAAQRLERFGPNTLAVVTPASL
LARILRQFHHPLTYVLLVAGTTTAGLKEFVDAAVIFGVVVTNAIVGFIQESKAEAA
LQGLRSMVHTHAKVVREGHEHTMPSEELVPGDLVLLAAGDKVPADLRLVRQTGLSV
NESALTOESTPVHKDEVALPEGTPVADRRNIAYSGTLVTAGHGAGIVVATGAETEL
GEIHRLVGAAEVVATPLTAKLAWFSKFLTIAILGLAALTFGVGLLRRQDAVETFTA
AIALAVGAIPEGLPTAVTITLAIGMARMAKRPJANIRRLPAVETLGSTTVICADKTG
TLTENQMTVQSIWTPHGEIRATGTGYAPDVLLCDTDDAPVPVNANAALRWSLLAGA
CSNDAALVRDGTRWQIVGDPTEGAMLVVAAKAGFNPERLATTLPQVAAIPFSSERQ
YMATLHRDGTDHVVLAKGAVERMLDLCGTEMGADGALRPLDRATVLPATEMLTSRG
LRVLATGMGAGAGTPDDFDENVIPGSLALTGLQANSDPPPAAAASAVAACHSAGIA
VKMITGDHAGTATAIATEVGLLDNTEPAAGSVLTGAELAALSADQYPEAVDTASVF
ARVSPEQKLRLVQALQARGHVVAMTGDGVNDAPALRQANIGVAMGRGGTEVAKDAA
DMVLTDDDFATIEAAVEEGRGVFDNLTKFITWTLPTNLGEGLVTLAAIAVGVALPI
LPTQILWINMTTAIALGLMLAFEPKEAGIMTRPPRDPDQPLLTGWLVRRTLLVSTL
LVASAWWLFAWELDNGAGLHEARTAALNLFVVVEAFYLFSCRSLTRSAWRLGMKAN
RWIILGVSAQAIAQFAITYLPAMNMVFDTAPIDIGVWVRIFAVATAITIVVATDTL
LPRIRAQPP
Rv1998c17MSFHDLHHQGVPFVLPNAWDVPSALAYLAEGFTAIGTTSFGVSSSGGHPDGHPATR
GANIALAAALAPLQCYVSVDIEDGYSDEPDATADYVAQLSTAGINIEDSSAEKLID
PALAAAKIVAIKQRNPEVFVNARVDTYWLRQHADTTSTIQRALRYVDAGADGVFVP
LANDPDELAELTRNIPCPVNTLPVPGLTIADLGELGVARVSTGSVPYSAGLYAAAH
AARAVSDGEQLPRSVPYAELQARLVDYENRTSTT
Rv2003c18VVKRSRATRLSPSIWSGWESPQCRSIRARLLLPRGRSRPPNADCCWNQLAVTPDTR
MPASSAAGRDAAAYDAWYDSPTGRPILATEVAALRPLIEVFAQPRLEIGVGTGRFA
DLLGVRFGLDPSRDALMFARRRGVLVANAVGEAVPFVSRHFGAVLMIWTLCFVTDP
AAIFRETRRLLADGGGLVIGFLPRGTPWADLYALRAARGQPGYRDARFYTAAELEQ
LLADSGFRVIARRCTLHQPPGLARYDIEAAHDGTQAGAGFVAISAVDQAHEPKD-
DHPLESE
Rv2005c19MSKPRKQHGVVVGVDGSLESDAAACWGATDAAMRNIPLTVVHVVNADVATWPPMPY
PETWGVWQEDEGRQIVANAVKLAKEAVGADRKLSVKSELVFSTPVPTMVEISNEAE
MVVLGSSGRGALARGLLGSVSSSLVRRAGCPVAVIHSDDAVIPDPQHAPVLVGIDC
SPVSELATAVAFDEASRRGVELIAVHAWSDVEVVELPGLDFSAVQQEAELSLAERL
AGWQERYPDVPVSRVVVCDRPARKLVQKSASAQLVVVGSHGRGGLTGMLLGSVSNA
VLHAARVPVTVARQS
Rv2007c20VTYVIGSECVDVMDKSCVQECPVDCIYEGARMLYINPDECVDCGACKPACRVEAIY
WEGDLPDDQHQHLGDNAAFFHQVLPGRVAPLGSPGGAAAVGPIGVDTPLVAAIP-
VECP
Rv2028c21DANQSHKPPSIVVGIDGSKPAVQALWAVDEAASRDIPLRLLYAIEPDDPGYAAHGA
AARKLAAAENAVRYAFTAVEAADRPVKVEVEITQERPVTSLIRASAAAALVCVGAI
GVHHFRPERVGSTAAALALSAQCPVAIVRPHRVPIGRDAAWIVVEADGSSDIGVLL
GAVMAEARLRDSPVRVVTCRQSGVGDTGDDVRASLDRWLARWQPRYPDVRVQSAAV
HGELLDYLAGLGRSVHMVVLSASDQEHVEQLVGAPGNAVLQEAGCTLLVVGQQYL
Rv2029c22MTEPAAWDEGKPRIITLTMNPALDITTSVDVVRPTEKMRCGAPRYDPGGGGINVAR
IVHVLGGCSTALFPAGGSTGSLLMALLGDAGVPFRVIPIAASTRESFTVNESRTAK
QYRFVLPGPSLTVAEQEQCLDELRGAAASAAFVVASGSLPPGVAADYYQRVADICR
RSSTPLILDTSGGGLQHISSGVFLLKASVRELRECVGSELLTEPEQLAAAHELIDR
GRAEVVVVSLGSQGALLATRHASHRFSSIPMTAVSGVGAGDAMVAAITVGLSRGWS
LIKSVRLGNAAGAAMLLTPGTAACNRDDVERFFELAAEPTEVGQDQYVWHPIVN-
PEASP
Rv2030c23VLMTAAADVTRRSPRRVFRDRREAGRVLAELLAAYRDQPDVIVLGLARGGLPVAWE
VAAALHAPLDAFVVRKLGAPGHDEFAVGALASGGRVVVNDDVVRGLRITPQQLRDI
AEREGRELLRRESAYRGERPPTDTTGKTVTVVDDGLATGASMFAAVQALRDAQPAQ
IVIAVPAAPESTCREFAGLVDDVVCATMPTPFLAVGESFWDFRQVTDEEVRRLLAT
PTAGPSLRRPAASTAADVLRRVAIDAPGGVPTHEVLAELVGDARIVLIGESSHGTH
EFYQARAAMTQWLIEEKGFGAVAAEADWPDAYRVNRYVRGLGEDTNADEALSGFER
FPAWMWRNTVVRDFVEWLRTRNQRYESGALRQAGFYGLDLYSLHRSIQEVISYLDK
VDPRAAARARARYACFDHACADDGQAYGFAAAEGAGPSCEREAVEQLVDVQRNALA
YARQDGLLAEDELFYAQQNAQTVRDAEVYYRAMFSGRVTSWNLRDQHMAQTLGSLL
THLDRHLDAPPARIVVWAHNSHVGDARATEVWADGQLTLGQIVRERYGDESRSIGE
STYTGTVTAASEWGGIAQRKAVRPALHGSVEELFHQTADSFLVSARLSRDAEAPLD
VVRLGRAIGVVYLPATERQSHYLHVRPADQFDAMIHIDQTRALEPLEVTSRWIAGE
NPETYPTGL
Rv2031c24MATTLPVQRHPRSLFPEFSELFAAEPSFAGLRPTFDTRLMRLEDEMKEGRYEVPAE
LPGVDPDKDVDIMVRDGQLTIKAERTEQKDFDGRSEFAYGSFVRTVSLPVGA-
DEDDIKATYDKGILTVSVAVSEGKPTEKHIQIRSTN
Rv203225MPDTMVTTDVIKSAVQLACRAPSLHNSQPWRWIAEDHTVALFLDKDRVLYATDHSG
REALLGCGAVLDHFRVAMAAAGTTANVERFPNPNDPLHLASIDESPADFVTEGHRL
RADAILLRRTDRLPFAEPPDWDLVESQLRTTVTADTVRIDVTADDMRPELAAASKL
TESLRLYDSSYHAELFWWTGAFETSEGIPHSSLVSAAESDRVTFGRDFPVVANTDR
RPEFGHDRSKVLVLSTYDNERASLLRCGEMLSAVLLDATMAGLATCTLTHITELHA
SRDLVAALIGQPATPQALVRVGLAPEMEEPPPATPRRPIDEVFHVRAKDHR
Rv242826MPLLTIGDQFPAYQLTALIGGDLSKVDAKQPGDYFTTITSDEHPGKWRVVFEWPKD
ETFVCPTEIAAFSKLNDEFEDRDAQILGVSIDSEFAHFQWRAQHNDLKTLPFPMLS
DIKRELSQAAGVLNADGVADRVTFIVDPNNEIQFV-
SATAGSVGRNVDEVLRVLDALQSDELCACNWRKGDPTLDAGELLKASA
Rv2624c27MSGRGEPTMKTIIVGIDGSHAAITAALWGVDEAISRAVPLRLVSVIKPTHPSPDDY
DRDLAHAERSLREAQSAVEAAGKLVKIETDIPRGPAGPVLVEASRDAEMICVGSVG
IGRYASSILGSTATELAEKAHCPVAVMRSKVDQPASDINWIVVRMTDAPDNEAVLE
YAAREAKLRQAPILALGGRPEELREIPDGEFERRVQDWHHRHPDVRVYPITTHTGI
ARELADHDERVQLAVIGGGEAGQLARLVGPSGHPVFRHAECSVLVVRR
Rv2625c28MRDAIPLGRIAGEVVNVHWSVLVILWLFTWSLATMLPGTVGGYPAVVYWLLGAGGA
VMLLASLLAHELAHAVVARRAGVSVESVTLWLFGGVTALGGEAKTPKAAFRIAEAG
PATSLALSATFGALAITLAGVRTPAIVISVAWWLATVNLLLGLFNLLPGAPLDGGR
LVRAYLWRRHGDSVRAGIGAARAGRVVALVLIALGLAEFVAGGLVGGVWLAFIGWE
IFAAAREEETRISTQQLEAGVRVADAMTAQPHTAPGWINVEDFIQRYVLGERHSAY
PVADRDGSITGLVALRQLRDVAPSRRSTTSVGDIALPLHSVPTARPQEPLTALLER
MAPLGPRSRALVTEGSAVVGIVTPSDVARLIDVYRLAQPEPTFTTSPQDADRFS-
DAG
Rv2727c29MASSASDGTHERSAFRLSPPVLSGAMGPFMHTGLYVAQSWRDYLGQQPDKLPIARP
TIALAAQAFRDEIVLLGLKARRPVSNHRVFERISQEVAAGLEFYGNRRWLEKPSGF
FAQPPPLTEVAVRKVKDRRRSFYRIFFDSGFTPHPGEPGSQRWLSYTANNREYALL
LRHPEPRPWLVCVHGTEMGRAPLDLAVFRAWKLHDELGLNIVMPVLPMIIGPRGQGL
PKGAVFPGEDVLDDVHGTAQAVWDIRRLLSWIRSQEEESLIGLNGLSLGGYIASLV
ASLEEGLACAILGVPVADLIELLGRHCGLRHKDPRRHTVKMAEPIGRMISPLSLTP
LVPMPGRFIYAGIADRLVHPREQVTRLWEHWGKPEIVWYPGGHTGFFQSRPVRREV
QAALEQSGLLDAPRTQRDRSA
Rv262830MSTQRPRHSGIRAVGPYAWAGRCGRIGRWGVHQEAMMNLAIWHPRKVQSATIYQVT
DRSHDGRTARVPGDEITSTVSGWLSELGTQSPLADELARAVRTGDWPAAYAIGEHL
SVETAVAV
Rv262931MRSERLRWLVAAEGPFASVYFDDSHDTLDAVERREATWRDVRKHLESRDAKQELID
SLEEAVRDSRPAVGQRGRALTATGEQVLVNEHLIGPPPATVIRLSDYPYVVPLIDL
EMRRPTYVFAAVDHTGADVKLYQGATTSSTKIDGVGYPVHKPVTAGWNGYGDFQHT
TEEAIRMNCRAVADHLTRLVDAADPEVVFVSGEVRSRTDLLSTLPQRVAVRVSQLH
AGPRKSALDEEEIWDLTSAEPTRRRYAEITNVAQQFEAEIGRGSGLAAQGLAEVCA
ALRDGDVDTLIVGELGEATVVTGKARTTVARDADMLSELGEPVDRVARADEALPFA
AIAVGAALVRDDNRIAPLDGVGALLRYAATNRLGSHRS
Rv263032MLHRDDHINPPRPRGLDVPCARLRATNPLRALARCVQAGKPGTSSGHRSVPHTADL
RTEAWAPTRDGCIRQAVLGTVESFLDLESAHAVHTRLRRLTADRDDDLLVAVLEEV
IYLLDTVGETPVDLRLRDVDGGVDVTEATTDASTLVQVGAVPKAVSLNELRESQGR
HGWRCAVTLDV
Rv2659c33VTQTGKRQRRKFGRIRQFNSGRWQASYTGPDGRVYIAPKTFNAKIDAEAWLTDRRR
EIDRQLWSPASGQEDRPGAPFGEYAEGWLKQRGIKDRTRAHYRKLLDNHILATFAD
TDLRDITPAAVRRWYATTAVGTPTMRAHSYSLLRAIMQTALADDLIDSNPCRISGA
STARRVHKIRPATLDELETITKAMPDPYQAFVLMAAWLAMRYGELTELRRKDIDLH
GEVARVRRAVVRVGEGFKVTTPKSDAGVRDISIPPHLIPAIEDHLHKHVNPGRESL
LFPSVNDPNRHLAPSALYRMFYKARKAAGRPDLRVHDLRHSGAVLAASTGATLAEL
MQRLGHSTAGAALRYQHAAKGRDREIAALLSKLAENQEM
Rv278034MRVGIPTETKNNEFRVAITPAGVAELTRRGHEVLIQAGAGEGSAITDADPKAAGAQ
LVGTADQVWADADLLLKVKEPIAAEYGRLRHGQILFTFLHLAASRACTDALLDSGT
TSIAYETVQTADGALPLLAPMSEVAGRLAAQVGAYHLMRTQGGRGVLMGGVPGVEP
ADVVVIGAGTAGYNAARIANGMGATVTVLDINIDKLRQLDAEPCGRIHTRYSSAYE
LEGAVKRADLVIGAVLVPGAKAPKLVSNSLVAHMKPGAVLVDIAIDQGGCFEGSRP
TTYDHPTFAVHDTLFYCVANMPASVPKTSTYALTNATMPYVLELADHGWRAACRSN
PALAKGLSTHEGALLSERVATDLGVPFTEPASVLA
Rv3126c35MVIRFDQTGSLVLSMKSLASLSFQRCLRENSSLVAALDRLDAAVDELSALSFDALT
TPERDRARRDRDHHPWSRSRSQLSPRMAHGAVHQCQWPKAVWAVIDNP
Rv312736VLKNAVLLACRAPSVHNSQPWRWVAESGSEHTTVHLFVNRHRTVPATDHSGRQAII
SCGAVLDHLRIAMTAAHWQANITRPPQPNQPDQLATVEFSPIDHVTAGQRNRAQAT
LQRRTDRLPFDSPMYWHLFEPALRDAVDKDVAMLDVVSDDQRTRLVVASQLSEVLR
RDDPYYHAELEWWTSPFVLAHGVPPDTLASDAERLRVDLGRDFPVRSYQNRRAELA
DDRSKVLVLSTPSDTRADALRCGEVLSTILLECTMAGMATCTLTHLIESSDSRDTV
RGLTRQRGEPQALIRVGIAPPLAAVPAPTPRRPLDSVLQIRQTPEKGRNASDRNAR
ETGWFSPP
Rv3128c37VWSASGGQCGKYLAASMVLQLDGLERHGVLEFGRDRYGPEVREELLAMSAASIDRY
LKTAKAKDQISGVSTTKPSPLLRNSIKVRRAGDEVEAEPGFFEGDTVAHCGPTLKG
EFAHTLNLTDVHIGWVFTRTVRNNARTHILAGLKASVTEIPHGITGLDFDNGTVFL
NKPVISWAGDNGI-
YFTRFRPYKKNH*ATIESKNNHLVRKYAFYYRYDTAEERAVLNRMWKLVNDRLNYL
TPTIKPIGYASSADGRRRRLYDAPQTPLDRPLAARVLSAAQQADLITYRDSLNPAQ
IGRKIADLQNRLLILAKEKTEQLYLANIPTALPDIHKGILIKAG
Rv312938VVQGRTVLFRTAEGAKLFSAVAKCAVAFEADDHNVAEGWSVIVKVRAQVLTTDAGV
REAERAQLLPWTATLKRHCVRVIPWEITGRHFRFGPEPDRSQTFACEASSHNQR
Rv3130c39MNHLTTLDAGFLKAEDVDRHVSLAIGALAVIEGPAPDQEAFLSSLAQRLRPCTRFG
QRLRLRPFDLGAPKWVDDPDFDLGRHVWRIALPRPGNEDQLFELIADLMARRLDRG
RPLWEVWVIEGLADSKWAILTKLHHCMADGIAATHLLAGLSDESMSDSFASNIHTT
MQSQSASVRRGGFRVNPSEALTASTAVMAGIVRAAKGASEIAAGVLSPAASSLNGP
ISDLRRYSAAKVPLADVEQVCRKFDVTINDVALAAITESYRNVLIQRGERPRFDSL
RTLVPVSTRSNSALSKTDNRVSLMLPNLPVDQENPLQRLRIVHSRLTRAKAGGQRQ
FGNTLMAIANRLPFPMTAWAVGLLMRLPQRGVVTVATNVPGPRRPLQIMGRRVLDL
YPVSPIANQLRTSVAMLSYADDLYFGILADYDVVADAGQLARGIEDAVARLVAISK
RRKVTRRRGALSLVV
Rv313140MNTHFPDAETVRTVLTLAVRAPSIHNTQPWRWRVCPTSLELFSRPDMQLRSTDPDG
RELILSCGVALHHCVVALASLGWQAKVNRFPJDPKDRCHLATIGVQPLVPDQADVAL
AAATPRRRTDRRAYSCWPVPGGDIALMAARAARGGVMLRQVSALDRMKAIVAQAVL
DHVTDEEYLRELTIWSGRYGSVAGVPARNEPPSDPSAPIPGRLFAGPGLSQPSDVL
PADDGAAILALGTETDDRLARLRAGEAASIVLLTATAMGLACCPITEPLEIAKTRD
AVRAEVFGAGGYPQMLLRVGWAPINADPLPPTPRRELSQVVEWPEELLRQRC
Rv313241MTTGGLVDENDGAANRPLRHTLSQLRLHELLVEVQDRVEQIVEGRDRLDGLVEAML
VVTAGLDLEATLRAIVHSATSLVDARYGAMEVHDRQHRVLHFVYEGIDEETVRRIG
HLPKGLGVIGLLIEDPKPLRLDDVSAHPASIGFPPYHPPMRTFLGVPVRVRDESFG
TLYLTDKTNGQPFSDDDEVLVQALAAAAGIAVANARLYQQAKARQSWIEATRDIAT
ELLSGTEPATVFRLVAAEALKLTAADAALVAVPVDEDMPAADVGELLVIETVGSAV
ASIVORTIPVAGAVLREVFVNGIPRRVDRVDLEGLDELADAGPALLLPLRARGTVA
GVVVVLSQGGPGAFTDEQLEMMAAFADQAALAWQLATSQRRMRELDVLTDRDRIAR
DLHDHVIQRLFAIGLALQGAVPHERNPEVQQRLSDVVDDLQDVIQEIRTTIYDLHG
ASQGITRLRQRIDAAVAQFADSGLRTSVQFVGPLSVVDSALADQAEAVVREAVSNA
VRHAKASTLTVRVKVDDDLCIEVTDNGRGLPDEFTGSGLTNLRQRAEQAGGEFTLA
SVPGASGTVLRWSAPLSQ
Rv3134c42MSDPRPARAVVVGIDGSRAATHAALWAVDEAVNRDIPLRLVYVIDPSQLSAAGEGG
GQSAARAALHDASRKVEATGQPVKIETEVLCGRPLTKLMQESRSAAMLCVGSVGLD
HVRGRRGSVAATLAGSALCPVAVIHPSPAEPATTSQVSAVVAEVDNGVVLRHAEEE
ARLRGVPLRAVAVHAAETPDDVEQGSRLAHVHLSRRLAHWTRLYPEVRVDRAIAGG
SACRHLAANAKPGQLFVADSHSAHELCGAYQPGCAVLTVRSANL
Rv384143MTEYECPKTKFHALMQEQIHNEFTAAQQYVAIAVYFDSEDLPQLAKHFYSQAVEER
NHAMMLVQHLLDRDLRVEIPGVDTVRNQFDRPREALALALDQERTVTDQVGRLTAV
ARDEGDFLGEQFMQWFLQEQIEEVALMATLVRVADPAGANLFELENFVAREVDVAP
AASGAPHAAGGRL
Rv3842c44MTWADEVLAGHPFVVAHRGASAARPEHTLAAYDLALKEGADGVECDVRLTRDGHL
VCVHDRRLDRTSTGAGLVSTMTLAQLRELEYGAWHDSWRPDGSHGDTSLLTLDAL
VSLVLDWHRPVKIFVETKHPVRYGSLVENKLLALLHRFGIAAPASADRSPAVVMS
FSAAAVWRIRRAAPLLPTVLLGKTPRYLTSSAATAVGATAVGPSLPALKEYPQLV
DRSAAQGRAVYCWNVDEYEDIDFCREVGVAWIGTHHPGRTKAWLEDGRANGTTR
Rv390845VSDGEQAKSRRRRGRRRGRRAAATAENHMDAQPAGDATPTPATAKRSRSRSPRRG
STRMRTVHETSAGGLVIDGIDGPRDAQVAALIGRVDRRGRLLWSLPKGHTELGET
AEQTAIREVAEETGTRGSVLAALGRIDYWFVTDGRRVHKTVHHYLMRFLGGELSD
EDLEVAEVAWVPIRELPSRLAYADERRLAEVADE-
LIDKLQSDGPAALPPLPPSSPRRRPQTHSRARHADDSAPGQHNGPGPGP

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TABLE 2
DNA sequences of selected low oxygen induced antigens
SEQ ID
Rv no. NO:Sequence
Rv007946Gtggaaccgaaacgcagtcgcctcgtcgtatgtgcacccgagccatcgcacgcgcg
ggaattcccggatgtcgccgtattctccggcggccgggctaacgcatcccaggccg
aacggttggctcgtgccgtgggtcgcgtgttggccgatcggggcgtcaccgggggt
gctcgggtgcggctgaccatggcgaactgcgccgatgggccgacgctggtgcagat
aaacctgcaggtaggtgacaccccattaagggcgcaggccgccaccgcgggcatcg
atgatctgcgacccgcactgatcagactggatcgacagatcgtgcgggcgtcggca
cagtggtgcccccggccttggccggatcggccccgccggcgattgaccacgccggc
cgaggcgctagtcacccgccgcaaaccggtcgtgctaaggcgcgcaaccccgttgc
aggcgattgccgctatggacgccatggactacgacgtgcatttgttcaccgacgcc
gagacgggggaggacgctgtggtctatcgggctggaccgtcggggctgcggctggc
ccgccagcaccacgtatttcccccaggatggtcacgttgtcgcgccccagccgggc
cgccggtgccgctgattgtgaattcgcgtccgacaccggttctcacggaggccgcc
gcggtggaccgggcgcgcgaacatggactgccattcctgtttttcaccgaccaggc
caccggccgcggccagctgctctactcccgctacgacggcaacctcgggttgatca
ccccgaccggtgacggcgttgccgacggtctggca
Rv008047Atgagcccgggctcgcggcgcgccagcccgcaaagcgcccgggaggtggtcgagct
cgaccgtgacgaggcgatgcggttgctggccagcgttgaccatgggcgtgtggtgt
tcacccgcgcggcgctgccggcgatccgtccagtcaatcacctcgtggtcgacggt
cgggtgatcgggcgcacccgcctgacggccaaggtgtccgttgcggtgcgatcgag
cgccgatgccggtgtcgtggtcgcctacgaagccgacgaccttgatccgcggcgtc
ggacggggtggagtgtggtggtgacgggactggcgaccgaggtcagcgatcccgag
caggttgcccgctaccagcggctgctacacccgtgggtgaacatggcgatggacac
cgtggtcgcgatcgaacccgagatcgtcaccggcatccgcatcgttgctgactcgc
gtacgccg
Rv008148gtggagtccgaaccgctgtacaagctcaaggcggagttcttcaaaacccttgcgca
tccggcgcggatcaggattttggagctgctggtcgagcgggaccgttcggtcggtg
agttgctgtcctcggacgtcggcctggagtcgtcgaacctgtcccagcagctgggt
gtgctacgccgggcgggtgttgtcgcggcacgtcgtgacggcaacgcgatgatcta
ttcgattgccgcacccgatatcgccgagctgctggcggtggcacgcaaggtgctgg
ccagggtgctcagcgaccgggtggcggtgctagaggacctccgcgccggcggc-
tcggccacg
Rv0363c49Atgcctatcgcaacgcccgaggtctacgcggagatgctcggtcaggccaaacaaaa
ctcgtacgctttcccggctatcaactgcacctcctcggaaaccgtcaacgccgcga
tcaaaggtttcgccgacgccggcagtgacggaatcatccagttctcgaccggtggc
gcagaattcggctccggcctcggggtcaaagacatggtgaccggtgcggtcgcctt
ggcggagttcacccacgttatcgcggccaagtacccggtcaacgtggcgctgcaca
ccgaccactgccccaaggacaagttggacagctatgtccggcccttgctggcgatc
tcggcgcaacgcgtgagcaaaggtggcaatcctttgttccagtcgcacatgtggga
cggctcggcagtgccaatcgatgagaacctggccatcgcccaggagctgctcaagg
cggcggcggccgccaagatcattctggagatcgagatcggcgtcgtcggcggcgaa
gaggacggcgtggcgaacgagatcaacgagaagctgtacaccagcccggaggactt
cgagaaaaccatcgaggcgctgggcgccggtgagcacggcaaatacctgctggccg
cgacgttcggcaacgtgcatggcgtctacaagcccggcaacgtcaagcttcgcccc
gacatccttgcgcaagggcaacaggtggcggcggccaagctcggactgccggccga
cgccaagccgttcgacttcgtgttccacggcggctcgggttcgcttaagtcggaga
tcgaggaggcgctgcgctacggcgtggtgaagatgaacgtcgacaccgacacccag
tacgcgttcacccgcccgatcgccggtcacatgttcaccaactacgacggagtgct
caaggtcgatggcgaggtgggtgtcaagaaggtctacgacccgcgcagctacctca
agaaggccgaagcttcgatgagccagcgggtcgttcaggcgtgcaatgacctgcac
tgcgccggaaagtccctaacccac
Rv0572c50atgggtgagcacgccatcaagcggcacatgcggcaacggaagcctacgaagcatcc
cctagcccagaaacggggcgcgcggattctggtcttcaccgacgatccccgcagga
gcgtcctcatagtgcccggttgccacctggattccatgcgccgagaaaagaacgcg
tactacttccaggacggcaatgcgttggttgggatggttgtctcgggcggcacggt
tgagtacgacgccgacgaccgcacatatgtcgtgcagctcaccgacggaaggcaca
ccactgagtcatctttcgaacactcatcgccgagtcgatcacctcaatccgat-
gaccta
Rv0574c51gtggctggcaatcctgatgtggtgacggtgctgctgggcggtgacgtcatgctcgg
ccgtggcgtcgatcagatcctgcctcatcccggcaaaccgcaattgcgcgaacggt
atatgcgggatgcgaccggctatgttcgcctggccgagcgggtgaacgggcgcatt
ccgctccccgtggattggcgctggccctggggcgaggcgttggcggtccttgagaa
caccgcgaccgacgtctgtttgatcaatctggagacgacgatcaccgccgacggtg
aattcgccgaccgcaaaccggtctgctaccggatgcacccggataacgtgccggcg
ctgacggcattgcggccgcacgtgtgcgcgctggccaacaaccacattctcgattt
cggctaccaggggctgaccgatacggtcgcggctctcgccggtgcggggatccaga
gtgtcggggcgggagccgatttgctcgccgctcgccgctcggcgctagtcacggtt
ggccatgaacgccgggtgatcgtcggctcggtagcggcggaatccagcggcgtccc
cgaatcctgggccgcccgccgcgaccggcccggagtgtggttgatccgggatccgg
cgcaacgcgacgtcgccgacgatgtggcggcacaggtgctggcggacaaacgcccc
ggcgatatcgccatagtctcgatgcattggggatccaattggggctatgcgaccgc
acccggcgacgtcgcgttcgcgcaccgactgatcgacgccggcatcgacatggtcc
acggacattcctcgcaccatccgcggccaatcgagatatatcgcggtaaaccgatc
ctgtacggatgcggtgacgtcgttgacgactacgaaggcatcggcgggcacgagtc
gttccgcagtgaactgcgactgctgtatctgaccgtcaccgatcccgccagcggga
acctgatctcgctgcagatgcttccactgcgagtgtcgcggatgcgcctacagcgt
gcctcccagaccgacaccgaatggctccgcaacaccattgagcgcatcagccgccg
gttcgggattcgagtcgtgactcgacccgacaacctgctggaggtcgttcccgctg
ccaacctaacgagcaaggag
Rv126452gtgacagaccacgtgcgcgaggcggacgacgcgaacatcgacgatctgttgggcga
cctgggcggtaccgcgcgcgccgagcgtgcgaagcttgtcgagtggttgctcgagc
agggcatcacccccgacgagattcgggcgaccaacccgccgttgctgctggccacc
cgccacctcgtcggcgacgacggcacctacgtatccgcaagggagattagcgagaa
ctatggcgttgacctcgagctgctgcagcgggtgcagcgcgctgtcggtctggcca
gagtggatgatcctgacgcggtggtgcacatgcgtgccgacggtgaggcggccgca
cgcgcacagcggttcgttgagctggggctgaatcccgaccaagtcgtgctggtcgt
gcgtgtgctcgccgagggcttgtcacacgccgccgaggccatgcgctacaccgcgc
tggaggccattatgcggccgggggctaccgagttggacatcgcgaaggggtcgcag
gcgctggtgagccagatcgtgccgctgctggggccgatgatccaggacatgctgtt
catgcagctgcggcacatgatggagacggaggccgtcaacgccggagagcgtgcgg
ccggcaagccgctaccgggagcgcgacaggtcaccgttgccttcgccgacctggtc
ggtttcacccagctaggcgaagtggtgtcggccgaagagctagggcacctcgccgg
gcggctggccggcctcgcgcgtgacctgaccgctccgccggtgtggttcattaaga
cgatcggcgacgcggtcatgttggtctgtcctgatccggcgccattgctggacacc
gtgctgaagctggtcgaggtcgtcgacaccgacaacaactttccccggctgcgagc
cggcgtcgcctccgggatggcggttagccgggccggcgactggttcggcagcccgg
tcaacgtggcaagccgggtgaccggggtggcgcgcccgggtgccgtgctggtcgcg
gattcggtgcgggaggcccttggtgatgcccccgaagccgacggatttcagtggtc
cttcgccggcccccgtcgcctcaggggaatccggggtgacgtcaggctttttcgag
tccggcgaggggccactcgcaccggctccggcggcgcggcccaagacgacgatttg
gccggctcgtcaccg
Rv1592c53atggtagagcccggcaatttggcaggcgcgaccggcgccgaatggatcggccggcc
accgcacgaggaattgcagcgcaaagtgcgcccgctgctgccatccgacgatccgt
tctacttcccacctgccggctaccagcatgccgtgcccggaacggtgttgcgctcg
cgcgatgtcgaactggcgtttatgggcttgattccgcagcccgtcaccgctaccca
gctgctgtaccggaccacgaacatgtacggcaaccccgaggcgacggtgaccacgg
tgatcgtcccagcggagcttgccccgggtcagacctgccccttgctgtcgtaccag
tgtgcgatcgatgccatgtcgtcgcgctgttttccgtcatatgccctgcgacgacg
ggccaaggccctggggtcactgacccaaatggagctgttgatgatcagcgccgcac
ttgccgaaggatgggcggtatcagtacccgaccatgaagggccgaaagggctgtgg
gggtcgccgtatgaacccggttaccgagtcctcgacggaatccgggctgccttgaa
ttccgagcgtgtcgggttgtccccggcaacgccgatcgggctgtggggctactccg
gcggcgggctggccagcgcgtgggccgccgaagcatgcggcgagtacgcaccggac
ctagacatcgtcggcgccgtgctgggatcacccgtcggtgaccttggtcacacgtt
ccgccggctcaatggcactcttcttgccggtctgcccgcgttggtggtggccgcgc
tgcaacacagctaccccggcctggcccgggtgatcaaggagcacgccaacgacgaa
ggacgtcagctgctggagcaactgacggagatgacaacggtagacgcagtgatccg
gatggccggcagggacatgggtgacttcctcgacgaaccccttgaggacattctgt
cgacgccggaaatttcccatgtcttcggcgacaccaagctgggtagcgcggtgccc
accccgccggtattgatcgtgcaggccgtgcatgactacctcatcgacgtctctga
catcgacgcgctcgctgacagctatacagccggcggcgccaacgtcacctaccacc
gcgacctgttcagcgaacatgtgtccctgcacccgctgtcggccccaatgacgctt
cgctggctcaccgaccggttcgccggcaagccactgaccgaccaccgcgtccggac
cacgtggccgaccatcttcaacccgatgacctacgccggcatggcgagactggccg
tgatcgcggccaaggtgatcaccggcaggaagttgagccgccgtccgctc
Rv1733c54atgatcgccacaacccgcgatcgtgaaggagccaccatgatcacgtttaggctgcg
cttgccgtgccggacgatactgcgggtgttcagccgcaatccgctggtgcgtggga
cggatcgactcgaggcggtcgtcatgctgctggccgtcacggtctcgctgctgact
atcccgttcgccgccgcggccggcaccgcagtccaggattcccgcagccacgtcta
tgcccaccaggcccagacccgccatcccgcaaccgcgaccgtgatcgatcacgagg
gggtgatcgacagcaacacgaccgccacgtcagcgccgccgcgcacgaagatcacc
gtgcctgcccgatgggtcgtgaacggaatagaacgcagcggtgaggtcaacgcgaa
gccgggaaccaaatccggtgaccgcgtcggcatttgggtcgacagtgccggtcagc
tggtcgatgaaccagctccgccggcccgtgccattgcggatgcggccctggccgcc
ttgggactctggttgagcgtcgccgcggttgcgggcgccctgctggcgctcactcg
ggcgattctgatccgcgttcgcaacgccagttggcaacacgacatcgacagcctgt
tctgcacgcagcgg
Rv1734c55atgaccaacgtcggtgaccagggggttgacgcggtcttcggggtgatctacccacc
tcaggtcgcgctggtcagtttcggcaagccggcacaacgagtttgcgccgtcgacg
gcgcgatccacgtcatgacgaccgtgctggctacgctgcccgctgaccacggctgc
agcgatgaccatcgcggcgcgctgttcttcctgtcgatcaacgagctgacgcggtg
cgccgcagtaacagga
Rv1736c56gtgacggtgacaccacggaccggcagccgcatcgaggagctgcttgcacgcagcgg
ccggttcttcatcccgggtgagatctcggcggatctgcgtaccgtgacccgccgcg
gcggccgcgacggcgacgtgttctatcgagaccggtggagccacgacaaggtggtc
cgctccacacacggggtgaattgcaccgggtcgtgttcttggaagatctacgtcaa
agacgacatcatcacctgggagacgcaggagaccgactatccgtcggtgggcccgg
accggcccgagtatgagccccgcggctgcccgcgcggcgcggcgttttcctggtac
acgtattcgccgacgcgggtgcgccatccgtacgcccgcggcgtgcttgtcgagat
gtatcgggaggcgaaggcacgtttgggtgatccggtggcggcctgggccgacatcc
aggccgacccgcggcggcgccgccgctaccagcgcgcccgcggcaagggcgggctg
gtccgggtcagctgggccgaggccaccgagatgatcgccgccgcccacgtgcacac
catctccacatacggcccggaccgggttgccggcttctcccccatcccggcgatgt
ccatggtgagccacgccgcggggtcgcggttcgtggagctaatcggcggggtgatg
acgtcgttctacgactggtacgccgacctgccggtggcctccccgcaggtgttcgg
cgaccagaccgacgtgccggagtccggagattggtgggacgtggtgtggcaatgcg
cctcggtgctgctgacctacccgaactcacggcaactcggcaccgcagaggaattg
ctggcccacatcgacggtccggccgcggatctgttggggcgcacggtctctgagct
gcgccgtgccgatccgctgaccgcggcgacccgctacgtcgacaccttcgacctgc
gaggccgcgccaccctgtacctgacctactggaccgccggcgacacccgcaaccgc
ggccgggagatgctggccttcgcccagacctaccgcagcaccgacgtcgcaccacc
gcgcggcgagaccccggacttcctgccggtggtgctcgaattcgccgcgaccgtcg
accccgaggcggggcgacggttgctgagcgggtaccgggtgcccatcgccgcgctg
tgcaatgccctgaccgaggccgcattgccatacgcacacacggtggccgcggtatg
ccggacgggtgacatgatgggcgaactcttctggaccgtcgtgccgtatgtgacga
tgacgatcgtcgcggtcggctcctggtggcgctaccgctatgacaaattcggctgg
accacccgctcgtcccagctgtacgagtcgcggctgctgcggatcgccagcccgat
gtttcatttcggcatcctggtggtcatcgtcggccacggtatcgggctcgtgatcc
cgcagtcgtggactcaggccgccggtttgagcgagggcgcatatcacgtgcaggcc
gtcgtgctggggtcgatcgccggcatcaccaccttggccggcgttaccctgctgat
ctaccggcggcgcacccgcgggccggtgttcatggctaccaccgtcaacgacaagg
tgatgtacctcgtgctggtggcggcgatcgtcgcgggactgggtgcgacggcgttg
ggctccggcgttgtcggcgaggcgtacaactaccgcgagacggtgtcggtgtggtt
ccgctcggtgtgggtactgcaaccgcgcggggacctgatggccgaggctccgctgt
attaccagatccatgtgctgatcgggttggcgttgttcgcgttgtggccgttcacc
cggctggtacacgcgttcagcgccccgatcggctatctgttccgcccgtacatcat
ctaccgcagccgcgaggagctggtgctaacgcggccgcggcggcgcgggtgg
Rv1737c57atgagagggcaagcggccaatctcgtgctggccacctggatctcggtggtcaactt
ctgggcgtggaacctgatcggcccgctgtcgaccagctacgcgcgtgacatgtcac
tgtccagcgccgaggcgtcgctgctcgtcgccaccccgatcctggtgggtgccctt
ggccgcatcgtcaccgggccgctcaccgaccgcttcggcgggcgcgccatgctcat
cgcggtgacgctggcgtcgatcctcccggtgctcgcggtcggggtcgcggcaacca
tgggctcctacgcgttgctggtgtttttcgggctcttcctgggcgttgccggcacg
atcttcgccgtcggcatcccgttcgccaacaactggtaccagccggcgcggcgcgg
tttctccaccggcgtgttcggtatgggcatggtcggcaccgcgctctcggcgttct
tcaccccgcggtttgtacggtggttcggcctgttcaccacccacgccatcgtcgcg
gccgcgctcgcgtcgaccgccgtggtggccatggtcgtgcttcgtgatgcacccta
ctttcggcccaacgccgacccggtgctgcccaggctcaaggccgcggcacggttgc
cggtgacctgggagatgtcgtttctgtacgcgatcgtgttcggcgggttcgtggcg
ttcagcaactacctgcccacctacatcaccacgatctacgggttctccacggtcga
cgcgggcgctcgcaccgccgggttcgccctggcggcggtgctggcccggccggtgg
gcgggtggctctccgaccggatcgcaccgaggcacgtggtgctggcctcgctcgcc
gggaccgcgctgctggcgttcgccgcggcgttgcagccgccgccggaggtgtggtc
ggcggccaccttcatcaccctggcggtctgcctcggcgtgggcaccggcggcgtgt
tcgcgtgggtggcccgccgcgccccggccgcatcggtcggctcggtcaccggaatc
gtcgccgcggcaggcggattgggcggttacttcccgccgctggtgatgggcgcgac
ctacgacccggtcgacaacgactacacggtcgggttgctgctgctggtggcgaccg
cgctggtcgcgtgtacctacaccgcgctgcacgcgcgggagccggtgagtgaggag
gcgtccagg
Rv173858atgtgcggcgaccagtcggatcacgtgctgcagcactggaccgtcgacatatcgat
cgacgaacacgaaggattgactcgggcgaaggcacggctgcgttggcgggaaaagg
aattggtgggtgttggcctggcaaggctcaatccggccgaccgcaacgtccccgag
atcggcgatgaactctcggtcgcccgagccttgtccgacttggggaagcgaatgtt
gaaggtgtcgacccacgacatcgaagctgttacccatcagccggcgcgattgttg-
tat
Rv1739c59atgattcccacgatgacatcggccggctgggcaccaggggtggtgcagttccgcga
ataccaacggcgttggctgcgcggcgatgtcctcgccggcctgaccgtggccgcct
atctgatcccgcaagcgatggcgtatgcgaccgtggcgggcctaccgccggcagcc
gggctgtgggcgtcgatcgcgccgcttgccatttacgcactgctcggatcgtcccg
gcagctttcaatcggcccggaatccgccaccgccttgatgacggcggccgtgctcg
ctccgatggccgccggggatcttcgacgctatgccgttctggcggcaaccctcgga
ttgctagtcggccttatctgcctactcgctggcacggcgcgactaggtttcctcgc
cagcctgcgatcgcggccggtgctcgtcggatacatggccggcatcgcgcttgtca
tgatctccagccaactcggcactatcaccggcacctcggtcgaaggcaacgaattc
ttcagcgaagtacactctttcgcgactagcgtcacgcgagttcactggccgacttt
tgtgttagccatgtctgtcctagcgctgctaactatgctcacgcggtgggcgccgc
gcgcccccggaccgatcatcgcggttcttgcggccacgatgctagtggccgttatg
tccttggatgccaaaggtattgcgattgtgggtcggataccttccggtctgccgac
gccgggtgtgccgcccgtttcggtggaagacttgcgggcactgatcattccggctg
ccgggatcgcgattgttaccttcaccgacggtgtgttgaccgcacgcgccttcgcc
gctcgtcgaggtcaggaagtcaatgccaacgccgagctgcgcgcggtcggggcctg
caacatcgccgccgggctgacacacggttttccggtgagttccagcagcagccgta
ccgccctcgccgacgtcgtcggtggccgcacccagctgtactcgctgatcgcgttg
gggcttgttgtcatcgtgatggttttcgcgagtgggctgctggccatgtttccgat
cgccgctctgggcgctttggtggtatatgccgcgctacgcttgatcgacttgtcag
aattccggcgactggcgcggtttcggcgcagcgaactcatgctggcactagccacc
acagcagccgtgttaggcctaggagtgttctatggagtcctcgccgcggttgccct
gtccatcctcgaactgcttcgtcgggtcgcacatccgcatgacagcgttctcgggt
tcgtgccgggcattgccggcatgcacgacatcgatgactatccgcaggccaagcgc
gtgcccgggctggtggtgtatcgctatgacgcgccgttgtgcttcgccaatgccga
agacttccgcaggcgagcactgaccgtggtcgatcaggatccggggcaagtcgagt
ggttcgtactcaacgccgaatccaatgtggaggtcgacctgactgcgctggatgcg
ctcgaccaactccgcaccgagctgctgcgtcggggaatagtgttcgccatggcccg
ggtcaaacaagacttgcgtgaatcactcagggccgccagtcttctcgataagattg
gcgaagaccatatctttatgacattgcctaccgcagtgcaggcgttccgtcggcgc
Rv1813c60atgatcacaaacctccgacgccgaaccgcgatggcagccgccggcctaggggctgc
tctcgggctgggcatcctgctggttccgacggtggacgcccatctcgccaacggtt
cgatgtcggaagtcatgatgtcggaaattgccgggttgcctatccctccgattatc
cattacggggcgattgcctatgcccccagcggcgcgtcgggcaaagcgtggcacca
gcgcacaccggcgcgagcagagcaagtcgcactagaaaagtgcggtgacaagactt
gcaaagtggttagtcgcttcaccaggtgcggcgcggtcgcctacaacggctcgaaa
taccaaggcggaaccggactcacgcgccgcgcggcagaagacgacgccgtgaaccg
actcgaaggcgggcggatcgtcaactgggcgtgcaac
Rv199761ttgtcggcgtcagtgtctgccacgacggctcatcatggcttgccagcacatgaagt
ggtgctgctgctggagagcgatccatatcacgggctgtccgacggcgaggccgccc
aacgactagaacgcttcgggcccaacaccttggcggtggtaacgcgcgctagcttg
ctggcccgcatcctgcggcagtttcatcacccgctgatctacgttctgctcgttgc
cgggacgatcaccgccggtcttaaggaattcgttgacgccgcagtgatcttcggtg
tggtggtgatcaatgcgatcgtgggtttcattcaagaatccaaggcagaggccgca
ctgcagggcctgcgctccatggtgcacacccacgccaaggtggtgcgcgagggtca
cgagcacacaatgccatccgaagagctggttcccggtgaccttgtgctgttagcgg
ccggtgacaaggttcccgccgatttgcggctggtgcgacagaccggattgagcgtg
aacgagtcagcacttaccggcgagtcgacgccggttcacaaggacgaggtggcgtt
gccggagggcacaccggtcgctgatcgtcgcaatatcgcgtattccggcacattgg
taaccgcgggccatggcgccgggatcgtcgtcgcgaccggcgccgaaaccgaactc
ggtgagattcatcggctcgttggggccgccgaggttgtcgccacaccgctgaccgc
gaagctggcgtggttcagcaagtttctgaccatcgccatcctgggtctggcagcgc
tcacgttcggcgtgggtttgctgcgccggcaagatgccgtcgaaacgttcaccgct
gcgatcgcgctggcggtcggggcaattcccgaaggtctgcccaccgccgtgaccat
caccttggccatcggcatggcccggatggccaagcgccgcgcggtcattcgacgtc
tacccgcggtggaaacgctgggcagcaccacggtcatctgcgccgacaagaccgga
acgctgaccgagaatcagatgacggtccagtcgatctggacaccccacggtgagat
ccgggcgaccggaacgggctatgcacccgacgtcctcctgtgcgacaccgacgacg
cgccggttccggtgaatgccaatgcggcccttcgctggtcgctgctggccggtgcc
tgcagcaacgacgccgcactggttcgcgacggcacacgctggcagatcgtcggcga
tcccaccgagggcgcgatgctcgtcgtggccgccaaggccggcttcaacccggagc
ggctggcgacaactctgccgcaagtggcagccataccgttcagttccgagcggcaa
tacatggccaccctgcatcgcgacgggacggatcatgtggtgctggccaagggtgc
tgtggagcgcatgctcgacctgtgcggcaccgagatgggcgccgacggcgcattgc
ggccgctggaccgcgccaccgtgttgcgtgccaccgaaatgttgacttcccggggg
ttgcgggtgctggcaaccgggatgggtgccggcgccggcactcccgacgacttcga
cgaaaacgtgataccaggttcgctggcgctgaccggcctgcaagcgatgagcgatc
caccacgagcggccgcggcatcggcggtggcggcctgccacagtgccggcattgcg
gtaaaaatgattaccggtgaccacgcgggcaccgccacggcgatcgcaaccgaggt
ggggttgctcgacaacactgaaccggcggcaggctcggtcctgacgggtgccgagc
tggccgcgctgagcgcagaccagtacccggaggccgtggatacagccagcgtgttt
gccagggtctctcccgagcagaagctgcggttggtgcaagcattgcaggccagggg
gcacgtcgtcgcgatgaccggcgacggcgtcaacgacgccccggccttgcgtcagg
ccaacattggcgtcgcgatgggccgcggtggcaccgaggtcgccaaggatgccgcc
gacatggtgttgaccgacgacgacttcgccaccatcgaagccgcggtcgaggaagg
ccgcggcgtattcgacaatctgaccaagttcatcacctggacgctgcccaccaacc
tcggtgagggcctagtgatcttggccgccatcgctgttggcgtcgccttgccgatt
ctgcccacccaaattctgtggatcaacatgaccacagcgatcgcgctcggactcat
gctcgcgttcgagcccaaggaggccggaatcatgacccggccaccgcgcgaccccg
accaaccgctgctgaccggctggcttgtcaggcggactcttctggtttccaccttg
ctcgtcgccagcgcgtggtggctgtttgcatgggagctcgacaatggcgcgggcct
gcatgaggcgcgcacggcggcgctgaacctgttcgtcgtcgtcgaggcgttctatc
tgttcagctgccggtcgctgacccgatcggcctggcggctcggcatgttcgccaac
cgctggatcatcctcggcgtcagtgcgcaggccatcgcgcaattcgcgatcacata
tctacccgcgatgaatatggtgttcgacaccgcgccaatcgatatcggggtgtggg
tgcgcatattcgctgtcgcgaccgcaatcacgattgtggtggccaccgacacgctg
ctgccgagaatacgggcgcaaccgcca
Rv1998c62atgagtttccacgatcttcatcaccaaggtgttccgttcgtgttgcccaacgcctg
ggatgtgccgtcggccctggcctacctcgcggagggcttcacggctatcggcacaa
ccagtttcggggtctcgtccagcggcgggcacccggacgggcaccgcgccactcgc
ggcgccaacatcgcactggcggccgccctggcaccgctgcaatgctacgtcagcgt
cgacatcgaggacggatacagcgacgaacccgacgccattgctgactacgtcgcac
aactgtcgacagccggaatcaatatcgaggacagtagcgccgaaaagctcatcgac
cccgccctggcagccgctaaaatcgttgcgatcaaacaacgtaaccccgaggtgtt
cgtcaacgcccgcgtcgacacctattggttgcgccagcacgccgataccaccagca
cgatccagcgcgcacttcgctacgtcgatgccggcgccgacggcgtctttgtccca
ctggccaacgatcccgacgaacttgctgagctcactcgcaacattccgtgcccggt
taacacgttgcccgtgcccggcttgacgatcgccgaccttggtgagctcggggtgg
cccgggtgtcaaccggttcagtgccctacagcgcggggttgtatgcagcggcccac
gcggctcgggccgtgagcgacggagagcagctgccacggtccgtaccgtacgccga
actgcaggcacgcttggttgactacgagaaccgcacgagtacaacg
Rv2003c63gtggtcaagcgctctcgggcaacccgactttcgccgagcatctggtccggatggga
atcacctcagtgtcggtccattcgggcgcgattgctgctaccccggggtcggtcgc
ggccgccgaacgccgattgttgctggaatcagctcgcggtgacgcctgacacccgg
atgccggcatcgtcggccgccgggcgcgacgcggcggcctacgacgcctggtatga
ctcacccaccgggcggccgatcctggcgaccgaggtcgccgcgttgcggccgctca
tcgaggtctttgcccagccacgcttggaaatcggtgtcggtacaggacgtttcgcc
gacctgctcggcgtgcggttcggactcgatccatcccgtgatgcgctgatgttcgc
acgccggcgcggcgtcctggtcgccaatgccgtcggcgaggcggtccctttcgtca
gccggcacttcggggcggtcctcatggcattcacgctctgtttcgtcaccgacccg
gccgccatattccgggaaacgcggcgtctgctcgccgacggcggcggccttgttat
cgggttcttgcctcgcgggacaccgtgggccgacctgtacgctctgcgcgcggccc
gcggacagccaggctaccgcgacgcccgcttctacaccgcggccgaactcgaacaa
ctgctcgcagactcgggattccgggtcatcgcccgccgctgcacgctgcaccaacc
gccgggactcgcccggtacgacatcgaagccgcccatgacggtatccaagccggcg
ccggcttcgttgctatctcggcggtcgaccaagcgcacgagcctaaggatgatcac
ccactcgagtcggaa
Rv2005c64atgtctaaaccccgcaagcagcacggagttgtcgtcggggtagatggttcgctcga
atcggatgccgccgcctgttggggtgccaccgatgcggcgatgaggaacattccgc
tgaccgtggtccacgtggtgaacgccgatgtagcgacgtggccgccgatgccgtat
ccggagacctggggggtttggcaggaggacgagggtcgccagatcgtcgccaacgc
cgtcaagctcgccaaagaggcggttggagcggatcgaaagctcagcgtaaagagcg
agctcgtattttccacgccggtacctaccatggttgaaatctccaacgaggcagag
atggtggtgttgggcagctcgggccggggagcgctggcccgaggcttgctcggttc
ggtcagctcgagcctggtgcgacgcgccgggtgcccggtcgcggtcatccacagcg
atgatgcggtgatccctgatccgcagcacgctcccgtgctggtgggaatcgacggt
tcgccggtttcggagcttgcgacggcggtggcatttgacgaggcgtcgcgccgcgg
cgtcgaactgatcgccgtgcacgcgtggagtgacgtcgaagtggtggaacttccgg
gtttggacttctcggctgtacagcaggaagcggagcttagtctcgccgaacgcttg
gcaggttggcaagaacgctatcccgatgtgccggtgagccgggttgtcgtttgcga
tcgcccggcgcggaagctggtgcaaaagtcggcgtccgcccagcttgtcgtcgttg
gcagtcatggccgaggtggcttgaccggcatgcttctggggtcggtcagtaacgcg
gtcttacacgccgcgcgggtgccagtgatcgtggcacggcagtcg
Rv2007c65gtgacctatgtgatcggtagtgagtgcgtggatgtgatggacaagtcctgtgtgca
ggagtgtccggtcgactgtatctatgagggcgcccgaatgctctacatcaaccccg
acgagtgcgtggattgtggtgcgtgcaaaccggcctgccgcgtcgaggcgatctac
tgggaaggcgatctacccgacgatcaacaccagcatctgggggacaacgccgcctt
tttccaccaagtcctgccgggccgagtggctccgctgggttcgccgggtggtgccg
cagcggtgggcccgatcggagtcgacacgcctctggtcgcggctatcccggtg-
gagtgccct
Rv2028c66atgaaccaatcacacaaacccccatcgatcgtcgtcggtattgatggctcgaagcc
ggccgtgcaagccgcactgtgggcggtcgacgaggcagccagccgtgacatcccgc
tgcgtctgctgtacgcgatcgaacccgacgatcccgggtacgccgcacacggcgcg
gcggctcgcaaactcgccgccgccgagaacgcggtgcgctacgcgttcacagcggt
cgaggcggcggaccggccggtcaaggtcgaggtggagatcacccaggagcggccgg
tcacctcgttgatccgcgcttcggcggctgctgccctggtgtgcgttggcgctatc
ggcgtgcaccacttccgaccggagcgggtgggatctaccgcagcggccctggcgtt
atcggcgcagtgcccagtggcgatcgtgcgaccccaccgggtccccatcggacgcg
acgccgcatggatcgtcgtcgaggcggacgggtcgtccgatatcggtgttttgctg
ggggcggtgatggccgaagcacggctgcgcgactcgccggttcgggtggtcacctg
ccggcaatccggagtgggcgataccggggacgacgtccgtgccagcctggaccgct
ggcttgcccgttggcaaccacggtatcccgatgtgcgggtgcaatcggcggcagtg
cacggcgagctgctggattatctggctgggctgggtcgatcggtacacatggtggt
gctcagcgcgagcgaccaggagcatgtggagcaacttgtgggagcgccgggcaacg
ccgtgttgcaggaggccggctgcaccctgctggtcgtcggtcagcagtatctg
Rv2029c67atgacggagccagcggcgtgggacgaaggcaagccgcgaatcatcactttgaccat
gaaccccgccttggacatcacgacgagcgtcgacgtggtgcgcccgaccgagaaaa
tgcgttgtggcgcacctcgctacgatcccggcggcggcggtatcaatgtcgcccgc
attgtgcatgtcctcggcggttgctcgacagcactgttcccggccggcgggtcgac
cgggagcctgctgatggcgctgctcggtgatgcgggagtgccatttcgcgtcattc
cgatcgcggcctcgacgcgggagagcttcacggtcaacgagtccaggaccgccaag
cagtatcgtttcgtgcttccggggccgtcgctgaccgtcgcggagcaggagcaatg
cctcgacgaactgcgcggtgcggcggcttcggccgcctttgtggtggccagtggca
gcctgccgccaggtgtggctgccgactactatcagcgggttgccgacatctgccgc
cgatcgagcactccgctgatcctggatacatctggtggcgggttgcagcacatttc
gtccggggtgtttcttctcaaggcgagcgtgcgggaactgcgcgagtgcgtcggat
ccgaactgctgaccgagcccgaacaactggccgccgcacacgaactcattgaccgt
gggcgcgccgaggtcgtggtggtctcgcttggatctcagggcgcgctattggccac
acgacatgcgagccatcgattttcgtcgattccgatgaccgcggttagcggtgtcg
gcgccggcgacgcgatggtggccgcgattaccgtgggcctcagccgtggctggtcg
ctcatcaagtccgttcgcttgggaaacgcggcaggtgcagccatgctgctgacgcc
aggcaccgcggcctgcaatcgcgacgatgtggagaggttcttcgagctggcggccg
aacccaccgaagtcgggcaggatcaatacgtttggcacccgatcgttaacccggaa
gcctcgcca
Rv2030c68gtgctgatgaccgcagcggctgatgtcacccggcgctcgccgcggcgcgtgttccg
tgaccgccgcgaggccggccgggtgctggcggaattactcgccgcctatcgggacc
agccggacgtgattgtgctcggcttggcccggggtggcctcccggtcgcatgggag
gttgccgcggcactgcatgccccgctagacgccttcgtcgtgcgcaaacttggtgc
cccggggcatgacgagttcgccgttggtgcactggccagcggcggccgcgtcgtgg
tcaatgacgacgtcgtgcggggcctgcggatcacaccgcagcaactgcgcgacatc
gccgaacgtgagggtcgggaactgcttcggcgcgagtccgcctaccgcggcgagcg
cccgcccaccgatatcaccggcaagacggtcattgtcgtcgatgacggtttggcca
ccggcgcaagcatgttcgcggcggtacaggcattgcgcgatgcgcaaccagcgcag
atcgtgattgccgtgccggcggcgccggagtccacgtgccgggagttcgccggcct
cgtcgacgacgttgtgtgcgcgaccatgccgaccccgttcctggccgtcggtgagt
cgttttgggacttccggcaggtcaccgacgaggaggtccgccggctcctggccacc
ccgaccgctgggccgtcgctgcgccggcccgcggcgtcaacggcggccgatgttct
gcgcagagtcgcgatcgacgcccccgggggtgttccgacgcacgaggtgttggcgg
agctggtcggcgatgcacgaatcgtgttgatcggcgaaagctcgcacggcacacac
gagttctaccaggcccgggccgccatgacacagtggctgatcgaggagaagggctt
tggtgcggtagccgccgaggcggactggcccgacgcctaccgggtcaatcggtacg
ttcgcggcctcggcgaggacaccaacgctgacgaggcgcttagcggattcgagcgg
tttcccgcctggatgtggcgcaacaccgtggtccgagattttgtggaatggctgcg
cacacgcaaccagcgctacgagtcgggcgcgctgcggcaagccggcttctacggtc
tggatctttacagcctgcatcggtcgatccaagaggtgatcagctatctcgacaag
gtcgacccgcgtgcggcggcacgggcgcgggcccggtatgcgtgcttcgaccatgc
ctgcgccgatgacggtcaggcgtacggattcgcggccgcattcggcgccggtccgt
cgtgcgaacgtgaagccgtcgagcaactggtcgacgttcagcgcaatgccctggcg
tatgcgcgccaagacgggctgcttgccgaggacgaactgttctacgcccagcaaaa
cgcgcagacggtgcgcgacgcagaggtgtattaccgggccatgttcagtggacgcg
ttacctcgtggaacctgcgcgaccagcacatggcgcagacccttggcagtttgctg
acgcatttggaccgacacctcgatgcgccgccggcgcgaatagtggtgtgggctca
taactcccacgtgggtgacgcacgcgctaccgaggtgtgggccgacgggcagctca
ccctcggccagatagtccgtgagcgatacggtgacgagtcgcgcagcatcggattc
agcacgtacacgggcaccgtcaccgcggccagcgaatggggtggtatcgcccaacg
caaagcggttcggccggcactgcacggcagtgtcgaggagctcttccaccagactg
cagacagtttcctggtgtcagcgcggctaagccgcgacgccgaagccccgctggac
gttgtccggttgggacgtgccatcggcgtcgtttatctaccggcaacggaacggca
aagtcactacttgcacgtgcggcccgccgaccagttcgacgccatgatccacatcg
atcagacccgtgccctggaacctctcgaggtgacgagccggtggatcgccggcgag
aacccggaaacctacccgaccggtctg
Rv2031c69Atggccaccacccttcccgttcagcgccacccgcggtccctcttccccgagttttc
tgagctgttcgcggccttcccgtcattcgccggactccggcccaccttcgacaccc
ggttgatgcggctggaagacgagatgaaagaggggcgctacgaggtacgcgcggag
cttcccggggtcgaccccgacaaggacgtcgacattatggtccgcgatggtcagct
gaccatcaaggccgagcgcaccgagcagaaggacttcgacggtcgctcggaattcg
cgtacggttccttcgttcgcacggtgtcgctgccggtaggtgctgacgaggacgac
attaaggccacctacgacaagggcattcttactgtgtcggtggcggtttcggaagg
gaagccaaccgaaaagcacattcagatccggtccaccaac
Rv203270atgccggacaccatggtgaccaccgatgtcatcaagagcgcggtgcagttggcctg
ccgcgcaccgtcgctccacaacagccagccctggcgctggatagccgaggaccaca
cggttgcgctgttcctcgacaaggatcgggtgctttacgcgaccgaccactccggc
cgggaagcgctgctggggtgcggcgccgtactcgaccactttcgggtggcgatggc
ggccgcgggtaccaccgccaatgtggaacggtttcccaaccccaacgatcctttgc
atctggcgtcaattgacttcagcccggccgatttcgtcaccgagggccaccgtcta
agggcggatgcgatcctactgcgccgtaccgaccggctgcctttcgccgagccgcc
ggattgggacttggtggagtcgcagttgcgcacgaccgtcaccgccgacacggtgc
gcatcgacgtcatcgccgacgatatgcgtcccgaactggcggcggcgtccaaactc
accgaatcgctgcggctctacgattcgtcgtatcatgccgaactcttttggtggac
aggggcttttgagacttctgagggcataccgcacagttcattggtatcggcggccg
aaagtgaccgggtcaccttcggacgcgacttcccggtcgtcgccaacaccgatagg
cgcccggagtttggccacgaccgctctaaggtcctggtgctctccacctacgacaa
cgaacgcgccagcctactgcgctgcggcgagatgctttccgccgtattgcttgacg
ccaccatggctgggcttgccacctgcacgctgacccacatcaccgaactgcacgcc
agccgagacctggtcgcagcgctgattgggcagcccgcaactccgcaagccttggt
tcgcgtcggtctggccccggagatggaagagccgccaccggcaacgcctcggcgac
caatcgatgaagtgtttcacgttcgggctaaggatcaccgg
Rv242871atgccactgctaaccattggcgatcaattccccgcctaccagctcaccgctctcat
cggcggtgacctgtccaaggtcgacgccaagcagcccggcgactacttcaccacta
tcaccagtgacgaacacccaggcaagtggcgggtggtgttcttttggccgaaagac
ttcacgttcgtgtgccctaccgagatcgcggcgttcagcaagctcaatgacgagtt
cgaggaccgcgacgcccagatcctgggggtttcgattgacagcgaattcgcgcatt
tccagtggcgtgcacagcacaacgacctcaaaacgttacccttcccgatgctctcc
gacatcaagcgcgaactcagccaagccgcaggtgtcctcaacgccgacggtgtggc
cgaccgcgtgacctttatcgtcgaccccaacaacgagatccagttcgtctcggcca
ccgccggttcggtgggacgcaacgtcgatgaggtactgcgagtgctcgacgccctc
cagtccgacgagctgtgcgcatgcaactggcgcaagggcgacccgacgctagacgc
tggcgaactcctcaaggcttcggcc
Rv2624c72atgtctgggagaggagagccgacgatgaaaacaatcattgttggtatcgatggttc
gcacgcggcgattacggccgcattgtggggggttgacgaggccatcagccgagcgg
tgccgctgcgactggtctcagtgatcaagccgacacatccgtccccggacgactac
gaccgcgaccttgcgcatgctgaaagatcgcttcgggaagcgcagtccgctgttga
ggccgcgggcaagctcgtcaagatcgaaaccgacatcccccgcgggccagccggcc
cggtgcttgtggaggcatcgcgcgacgccgagatgatctgcgtcggctccgtggga
atcgggcgctacgccagctcgatcttgggttcgacggcaaccgagctggccgaaaa
ggcgcattgcccggtcgccgtcatgcgctcaaaagtggaccagccagcgtctgaca
tcaactggatcgtggtgcgcatgaccgacgcaccggataacgaggccgtgctggaa
tacgctgcccgggaagcgaagttgcggcaagcgcccatactggcactcggcgggcg
accggaggagctccgggagattccggacggcgaattcgaacgtcgcgtgcaggatt
ggcaccaccgtcatcccgatgtgcgcgtctacccgatcaccactcacacgggtatt
gcccggttcctggccgaccacgacgagcgcgtacagctggcagtgatcggcggtgg
tgaggccggtcagctagcgcggctggtcgggccatccggacatccggtgttccgtc
acgccgagtgttcggtgcttgtcgttcgccgc
Rv2625c73atgcgtgatgcgatcccgcttgggcggatcgccgggtttgtggtgaacgtccactg
gagcgtgttggtgatcctgtggttgttcacctggagtctggcgaccatgttgccgg
gtaccgtcggaggctacccggccgtggtctattggcttctcggcgcaggtggcgcg
gtcatgttgctggcgtcgctgttggctcatgagctcgcgcacgccgtcgtcgctcg
tcgcgccggggtatccgttgagagcgtgacgttgtggctgttcggcggggtgaccg
cgcttggcggcgaggcaaagacgcccaaagccgctttccggatcgcgttcgcgggt
ccggctaccagcctggcgctgtcggcgacattcggtgcgttggccatcacgctcgc
cggcgtgcggaccccggccatcgtgatcagcgttgcttggtggttggctactgtca
acctgctgctggggctgttcaatctgctgcctggcgcgccgttggacggtgggcgg
ttggtccgggcctatctgtggcgccgccacggcgatagtgtgcgcgccgggatcgg
tgcggcgcgggccggacgggtggttgcgctggtcttgatcgcgttgggattggccg
agtttgtggctggtggcctcgtcggtggggtctggttagccttcattggctggttt
atcttcgctgccgctcgcgaggaggagacccggatttcgacccagcagctgtttgc
cggggtgcgtgtggccgatgcgatgaccgcccaaccgcatacggctcccggatgga
tcaatgtcgaggatttcatccagcgttacgtgcttggtgaacggcactcggcatat
ccggttgccgatcgggacggatcgatcacgggcctggtggcattgcggcagctgcg
cgatgttgcgcctagccggcgcagcactaccagcgtaggtgacattgcgctgccgc
tgcacagcgtgccgaccgcccgaccacaagagccgctgaccgcgctcctagagcgg
atggcaccgctcggcccgcgcagccgtgcgctggtcaccgaagggagcgcggtggt
cggcatcgtcactcccagcgatgtcgcgcggctgattgacgtctaccggttggccc
agccggaaccgacctttaccacgagtccccaagatgcggacaggttttccgatg-
cgggg
Rv2627c74atggcaagttctgcgagcgacggcacccacgaacgctcggcttttcgcctgagtcc
accggtcttgagcggcgccatgggaccgttcatgcacaccggtctgtacgtcgctc
aatcgtggcgcgactatctgggtcaacagcccgataaactgccgatcgcacggccc
actattgccttagcggcgcaagcctttcgagacgaaatcgtcctgctgggcctcaa
ggcacgacgtccggtcagcaatcatcgagtgttcgagcgcatcagccaagaagtgg
ccgctggactggagttctatgggaatcgcagatggctggagaagcctagcggattt
tttgcccagcccccaccgctcaccgaggtcgcggtccgaaaggtcaaggaccgcag
acgctccttttatcgcatcttcttcgacagtgggtttacgccgcatccgggtgaac
cgggcagccaacggtggctctcatacactgcgaacaatcgcgagtacgccctgtta
ctgcggcacccagagccgcgtccctggctggtttgtgtacacggcaccgagatggg
cagggccccgttggatctcgcggtgttccgcgcctggaagctgcatgacgaactcg
gcctgaacattgtcatgccggttcttccgatgcatggtccccgcgggcaaggtctg
ccgaagggcgccgtttttcccggagaagatgttctcgacgatgtgcatgggacggc
tcaagcggtgtgggatatccggcggctgttgtcctggatacgatcgcaggaggagg
agtcgctgatcgggttgaacggtctctcgctgggcggctacatcgcgtcattggtc
gccagcctcgaagaaggtctcgcctgcgcgattctcggtgtcccagtggctgatct
gatcgagttgttgggccgccactgcggtcttcggcacaaagacccccgccgccaca
ccgtcaagatggccgaaccgatcggccgaatgatctcgccgctctcacttacgcca
ctggtgcccatgccgggccgctttatctacgcgggcattgccgaccgactcgtgca
tccacgcgaacaggtgactcgcctctgggagcactggggcaaacccgaaatcgtgt
ggtatccaggcggtcacactggcttcttccagtcgcggccggtacgacggtttgtc
caggctgcgctggagcagtcgggcctgttggacgcgccacggacacagcgcgac-
cgttccgcc
Rv262875Atgtccacgcaacgaccgaggcactccggtattcgggctgttggcccctacgcatg
ggccggccgatgtggtcggataggcaggtggggggtgcaccaggaggcgatgatga
atctagcgatatggcacccgcgcaaggtgcaatccgccaccatctatcaggtgacc
gatcgctcgcacgacgggcgcacagcacgggtgcctggtgacgagatcactagcac
cgtgtccggttggttgtcggagttgggcacccaaagcccgttggccgatgagcttg
cgcgtgcggtgcggatcggcgactggcccgctgcgtacgcaatcggtgagcacctg
tccgttgagattgccgttgcggtc
Rv262976atgcgatcagaacgtctccggtggctggtagccgcagaaggtccgttcgcctcggt
gtatttcgacgactcgcacgacactcttgatgccgtcgagcgccgggaagcgacgt
ggcgcgatgtccggaagcatctcgaaagccgcgacgcgaagcaggagctcatcgac
agcctcgaagaggcggtgcgggattctcgaccggccgtcggccagcgtggccgcgc
gctgatcgcgaccggcgagcaagtactggtcaacgagcatctgatcggcccaccac
cggctacggtgattcggctgtcggattatccgtacgtcgtgccattgatagacctt
gagatgcggcgaccgacgtatgtatttgccgcggttgatcacaccggcgccgacgt
caagctgtatcagggggccaccatcagttccacgaaaatcgatggggtcggctacc
cggtgcacaagccggtcaccgccggctggaacggctacggcgacttccagcacacc
accgaagaagccatccgaatgaactgccgcgcggtcgccgaccatctcacccgact
ggtagacgctgccgaccccgaggtggtgttcgtgtccggcgaggtgcggtcacgca
cagacctgctttccacattgccgcagcgggtggcggtccgggtgtcgcagctgcat
gccggaccgcgcaaaagcgccttagacgaggaagagatctgggacctgacatccgc
ggagttcacccggcggcggtacgccgaaatcaccaatgtcgcacaacaatttgagg
cggagatcggacgcggatcggggctggcggcccaagggttggcggaggtgtgtgcg
gctctgcgtgacggcgacgtcgacacgctgatcgtcggagagctaggcgaggccac
cgtggtcaccggtaaagcgcgtactacggtcgcgcgggatgccgacatgttgtccg
aactcggcgaaccggtagatcgcgtggcaagggccgatgaggcgttgccattcgcc
gcgatcgcggtaggtgccgcattggtccgtgacgacaaccggatcgcgccactaga
tggggtgggcgcattgctgcgttatgccgccaccaaccgactcggcagccata-
gatcc
Rv263077Atgctgcaccgcgacgatcacatcaatccgccgcggccccgcgggttggatgttcc
ttgcgcccgcctacgagcgacaaatcccctgcgcgccttggcgcgttgcgttcagg
cgggcaagccgggcaccagttcagggcatcggtccgtgccgcatacggcggacttg
cgaatcgaagcctgggcaccgacccgtgacggctgtatccggcaggcggtgctggg
taccgtcgagagcttcctcgacctggaatccgcgcacgcggtccatacccggctgc
gccggctgaccgcggatcgcgacgacgatctactggtcgcggtgctcgaggaggtc
atttatttgctggacaccgtcggtgaaacgcctgtcgatctcaggctgcgcgacgt
tgacgggggtgtcgacgtcacattcgcaacgaccgatgcgagtacgctagttcagg
tgggtgccgtgccgaaggcggtgtcactcaacgaacttcggttctcgcagggtcgc
cacggctggcgatgtgcggtaacgctcgatgtg
Rv2659c78Gtgacgcaaaccggcaagcgtcagagacgcaaattcggtcgcatccgacagttcaa
ctccggccgctggcaagccagctacaccggccccgacggccgcgtgtacatcgccc
ccaaaaccttcaacgccaagatcgacgccgaagcatggctcaccgaccgccgccgc
gaaatcgaccgacaactatggtccccggcatcgggtcaggaagaccgccccggagc
cccattcggtgagtacgccgaaggatggctgaagcagcgtggaatcaaggaccgca
cccgcgcccactatcgcaaactgctggacaaccacatcctggccaccttcgctgac
accgacctacgcgacatcaccccggccgccgtgcgccgctggtacgccaccaccgc
cgtgggcacaccgaccatgcgggcacactcctacagcttgctgcgcgcaatcatgc
agaccgccttggccgacgacctgatcgactccaacccctgccgcatctcaggcgcg
tccaccgcccgccgcgtccacaagatcaggcccgccaccctcgacgagctggaaac
catcaccaaagccatgcccgacccctaccaggcgttcgtgctgatggcggcatggc
tggccatgcgctacggcgagctgaccgaattacgccgcaaagacatcgacctgcac
ggcgaggttgcgcgggtgcggcgggctgtcgttcgggtgggcgaaggcttcaaggt
gacgacaccgaaaagcgatgcgggagtgcgcgacataagtatcccgccacatctga
tacccgccatcgaagaccaccttcacaaacacgtcaaccccggccgggagtccctg
ctgttcccatcggtcaacgaccccaaccgtcacctagcaccctcggcgctgtaccg
catgttctacaaggcccgaaaagccgccggccgaccagacttacgggtgcacgacc
ttcgacactccggcgccgtgttggctgcatccaccggcgccacactggccgaactg
atgcagcggctaggacacagcacagccggcgccgcactccgctaccagcacgccgc
caagggccgggaccgcgaaatcgccgcactgttaagcaaactggccgagaaccag-
gagatg
Rv278079Atgcgcgtcggtattccgaccgagaccaaaaacaacgaattccgggtggccatcac
cccggccggcgtcgcggaactaacccgtcgtggccatgaggtgctcatccaggcag
gtgccggagagggctcggctatcaccgacgcggatttcaaggcggcaggcgcgcaa
ctggtcggcaccgccgaccaggtgtgggccgacgctgatttattgctcaaggtcaa
agaaccgatagcggcggaatacggccgcctgcgacacgggcagatcttgttcacgt
tcttgcatttggccgcgtcacgtgcttgcaccgatgcgttgttggattccggcacc
acgtcaattgcctacgagaccgtccagaccgccgacggcgcactacccctgcttgc
cccgatgagcgaagtcgccggtcgactcgccgcccaggttggcgcttaccacctga
tgcgaacccaagggggccgcggtgtgctgatgggcggggtgcccggcgtcgaaccg
gccgacgtcgtggtgatcggcgccggcaccgccggctacaacgcagcccgcatcgc
caacggcatgggcgcgaccgttacggttctagacatcaacatcgacaaacttcggc
aactcgacgccgagttctgcggccggatccacactcgctactcatcggcctacgag
ctcgagggtgccgtcaaacgtgccgacctggtgattggggccgtcctggtgccagg
cgccaaggcacccaaattagtctcgaattcacttgtcgcgcatatgaaaccaggtg
cggtactggtggatatagccatcgaccagggcggctgtttcgaaggctcacgaccg
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gaacatgcccgcctcggtgccgaagacgtcgacctacgcgctgaccaacgcgacga
tgccgtatgtgctcgagcttgccgaccatggctggcgggcggcgtgccggtcgaat
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ggccaccgacctgggggtgccgttcaccgagcccgccagcgtgctggcc
Rv3126c80Atggtcatccggtttgatcaaatagggtcattggtcctctcaatgaaatcccttgc
gtcactgtcgtttcagcggtgtctgcgcgagaattctagtttggtcgcggcgctgg
accggctcgatgctgcggtcgatgagctgagcgctttgtcgtttgatgcgttgacc
actccggagcgggatcgcgcccgtcgcgaccgggaccatcatccttggtcccgctc
ccgctcgcagttgtcgccacgaatggcgcacggtgcagtgcaccaatgccagtggc
cgaaggcggtttgggctgtcattgacaatcca
Rv312781Gtgctcaagaacgcagtcttgctggcatgccgggcgccgtcggtgcacaacagcca
gccctggcgttgggtggccgaaagcggctccgagcacactactgtgcacctgttcg
tcaaccgccaccgaacggtgccggccaccgaccattccggccggcaagcgatcatc
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ggcgaatatcactcgctttccccagccgaaccaacctgaccagttggccaccgtcg
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tgagcccgcgctgcgcgacgccgtcgacaaagacgttgcgatgcttgatgtggtat
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cgggacgatccgtactatcacgccgaactcgaatggtggacttcaccgttcgtgct
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cccgccgttggcagcagttcccgcccccacaccacggcggccgctggacagcgtct
tgcagattcgccagacgcccgagaaagggcgtaatgcctcagatagaaatgcccgt
gaaacgggttggttcagcccgcct
Rv3128c82gtgtggtccgcctcgggtgggcagtgcgggaagtatcttgccgcctcgatggtgct
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gccccgaggtgcgtgaggagctgttggcgatgagtgcggccagcatcgatcgttat
ctgaagaccgcgaaggccaaagaccagatatcgggtgtgtcgacgacgaaaccctc
accactgctgcgtaattcgatcaaggttcgcagggccggcgatgaggtcgaggcgg
agccggggttcttcgagggcgacaccgtcgcccattgcggtccgacgctcaaaggc
gagttcgcccacaccctgaacttgaccgacgtgcacatcggatgggtgttcacccg
caccgtccgcaacaacgcccgtacccacatcctcgccgggctcaaagcttctgtca
ccgagatcccgcatgggataacgggtttagatttcgacaacggcaccgtgtttctc
aacaagccggtcatcagctgggccggcgacaacggtatctacttcacccgctttcg
cccgtacaagaaaaaccactaggccaccatcgagtccaagaacaaccacctggtcc
gcaagtacgcgttctactaccgctatgacaccgccgaggaacgcgccgtgctcaac
cggatgtggaagctggtcaacgaccgcctcaactacctcaccccgaccatcaaacc
gatcgggtatgccagcagcgccgacggccgccgccgacgcctctacgatgccccac
agacgccgctggaccggccactggccgcaagggtgctctccgcggcccagcaggcc
gacctgatcacctaccgagacagcctcaaccccgcccagatcggccgcaaaatcgc
cgacctgcagaaccgactcctcatcttggccaaggagaaaaccgagcagctctacc
tcgctaacatccccaccgccctacccgacatccacaaaggcatcctgatcaagg-
cgggc
Rv312983Gtggtgcaaggccgcaccgtgctgtttcgtaccgcggagggcgccaaattattttc
agccgtcgcgaagtgcgcggtggctttcgaggcggacgaccacaacgttgccgagg
gctggagcgtgatcgtcaaggttcgcgcccaggtgctgacgaccgacgcgggggtc
cgcgaagccgaacgcgcccagttactaccgtggaccgcgacgctgaaacgtcactg
tgtgcgggtgatcccgtgggagatcaccggccgccacttcaggttcggtccggaac
cggaccgcagccagacctttgcctgcgaggcctcgtcacacaaccagcga
Rv3130c84atgaatcacctaacgacacttgacgccgggtttctcaaggcagaagacgtggatcg
gcacgtgagtctggcaatcggcgctctggcggtcatcgaggggccggctcccgatc
aggaagccttcttatcgtcgctcgctcaacgcctacgtccctgtacccggttcggg
cagcggttacgcctgcgcccgttcgacctcggtgcacccaaatgggtggacgatcc
cgacttcgatcttggccgtcatgtgtggcgcatcgccttgccgcggcctggcaacg
aagaccagttattcgagctgatcgccgatctgatggcgcgtcgtttggaccggggt
cgaccgctgtgggaggtctgggtcatcgaaggcctggcggacagcaagtgggcgat
cctgaccaaactgcaccactgcatggccgacggaatcgcggcgactcacctgctag
ctgggctctccgatgaaagtatgagcgacagcttcgcgagcaacatccacacgacc
atgcagtcgcaatccgcatctgtgcggcggggtggattccgtgtcaatccaagcga
ggcgttgaccgcgtcgaccgccgtgatggcaggcatcgttcgcgcggccaagggtg
ccagtgagatcgcggccggcgtgctaagtcccgccgcgtcgtcgttgaacgggccg
atcagtgatttgcgtcgctacagcgcagcaaaggtccctctcgccgacgtcgaaca
ggtgtgccggaaattcgacgtcaccatcaatgatgttgcgcttgccgcgattacgg
aaagctaccgcaacgtcctcatccagcggggtgagcggcctaggtttgattcgctg
cgtacgctagtgccggtctcgacgcgttccaacagcgctttgagcaagaccgataa
ccgtgtttcgttaatgctgcccaacctgccggtggatcaagagaacccgctgcagc
ggctgcggatcgtgcactcgcggctgactcgggccaaggcggggggacagagacaa
ttcggaaatactttgatggcgattgccaaccgccttccgttccccatgaccgcatg
ggcggtcgggctgttgatgcggctgccgcagcgtggtgttgtcaccgtggcgacaa
atgtgccgggtccacgacggccgctgcagattatgggcagacgggtgcttgaccta
tacccggtttcgccgatcgcgatgcaactgcgcaccagtgtcgcgatgctcagcta
cgccgacgacctgtacttcgggatcctggccgactacgacgtggtagcagatgccg
gccagctggcgcgaggaattgaagacgccgtcgcacggctggtggcgatcagtaag
cggcgcaaggtgactcgcaggcgcggagcgctatcgctggttgtg
Rv313185atgaacacccatttcccggacgccgaaaccgtgcgaacggttctcaccctggccgt
ccgggccccctccatccacaacacgcagccgtggcggtggcgggtatgcccgacga
gtctggagctgttctctagacccgatatgcagctgcgtagcaccgatccggacggg
cgtgagttgatcctcagctgtggtgtggcattgcaccactgcgtcgtcgctttggc
gtcgctgggctggcaggccaaggtaaaccgtttccccgatcccaaggaccgctgcc
atctggccaccatcggggtacaaccgcttgttcccgatcaggccgatgtcgccttg
gcggcggccataccgcggcgacgcaccgatcggcgcgcctacagttgctggccggt
gccaggaggtgacatcgcgttgatggccgcaagagcagcccgtggcggggtcatgc
tgcggcaggtcagtgccctagaccgaatgaaagccattgtggcgcaggctgtcttg
gaccacgtgaccgacgaggaatatctgcgcgagctcaccatttggagtgggcgcta
cggttcagtggccggggttcccgcccgcaacgagccgccatcagaccccagtgccc
cgatccccggtcgcctgttcgccgggcccggtctgtctcagccgtccgacgtctta
cccgctgacgacggcgccgcgatcctggcactaggcaccgagacagacgaccggtt
ggcccggctgcgcgccggcgaggccgccagcatcgtcttgttgaccgcgacggcaa
tggggctggcgtgctgcccgatcaccgaaccgctggagatcgccaagacccgcgac
gcggtccgtgccgaggtgttcggcgccggcggctacccccagatgctgctgcgagt
gggttgggcaccgatcaatgccgacccgttgccaccgacgccacggcgcgaactgt
cccaggtcgttgagtggccggaagagctactgcgacaacggtgc
Rv3132c86atgacaacagggggcctcgtcgacgaaaacgacggcgccgcaatgcgtccactgcg
tcacacgctctcccaactacgcctgcacgagctgctggtcgaggtgcaggaccggg
tcgagcagatcgtcgagggccgggaccgcctcgatggtctggtggaggccatgctc
gtggtcacagcgggcctggacctggaggcaaccctacgcgctatcgtgcattcagc
gaccagccttgtcgatgcgcgctatggcgctatggaggtgcacgaccggcagcatc
gggtattgcactttgtctatgaaggcatcgacgaggagaccgttcggcggatcggc
cacctaccgaaaggcctaggcgtcatcgggctgctcatcgaagatcccaaaccgtt
acggctggacgatgtttctgcgcacccggcctcgattggttttccgccgtatcatc
cgccgatgcgtaccttcctcggggtaccggttcgggtgcgcgatgaatcgttcggc
actctgtacctgactgacaagaccaacgggcaaccgttcagcgacgacgacgaggt
tctggtccaggcgctggcggccgccgcgggtatcgcagtcgcgaatgcccggctct
accagcaggctaaggcgcgtcagtcgtggatcgaggccacccgtgacatcgccacc
gagttgttgtccggcaccgaacccgcgacggtgttccggcttgtcgccgcggaggc
gctcaagctgacggcggctgacgctgccctggtagccgttcccgtcgacgaggaca
tgcctgccgctgacgtgggggagctgctggtgattgaaacagtcggcagcgctgtg
gcttccattgttgggcgaacgattccggtggcgggcgcggtgctgcgggaggtctt
cgtcaacggcattccgcgacgggtcgaccgggtcgatttggaaggcctggacgaac
tggccgacgcaggtccggcgctgctgttgccgctgcgggccagaggtaccgtagcg
ggtgtcgttgttgtgctgagtcaaggcggtccaggggctttcaccgacgaacaact
cgagatgatggccgcgttcgccgaccaggccgcgctggcttggcaattggccactt
cgcaacgtcggatgcgcgaactcgacgtactgaccgaccgggatcgtatcgcccgt
gacctccatgaccatgtcatccagcggctcttcgcgattggcctggctttgcaggg
tgctgtcccgcacgaacgtaatcctgaagtgcagcaacgactctcggacgtggtag
acgatctgcaagacgttatacaggaaatccggaccaccatttatgacctgcacgga
gcatcgcagggtatcactcggctccggcagcgaatcgatgcggccgtagcccaatt
tgccgactcggggttgcgcaccagcgttcaattcgtgggtccattgtcggtggtcg
acagcgcgctcgccgatcaggccgaggcggtggttcgggaagcggtcagcaacgcg
gttcgccatgcgaaggccagcacgttgaccgtccgggtcaaagtcgacgacgactt
gtgcatcgaggtgaccgacaacggccgcgggctgcccgacgagttcaccggaagcg
gcttaacgaacctgcggcagcgggcagagcaggccggcggcgaattcaccctcgcg
agcgtaccgggcgcgagcggaacagtgctgcgatggtcagcaccgttgtcgcag
Rv3134c87atgagcgatcctcggccagctcgggcagtggtcgttggtatcgacgggtcaagggc
ggcaacgcatgcggcgttgtgggcggtcgatgaggcggtgaaccgagacattccgc
tgcgactggtgtacgtcatcgatccgtcccaactgtccgccgccggcgagggcggt
gggcaatcagcggcccgagcggcgctgcacgacgcctctcggaaggtcgaggccac
cgggcaaccggtcaagatcgaaacggaggttctgtgcggcaggccgctcaccaagc
tgatgcaggagtccaggtccgcggcgatgctgtgcgtcggttcggtggggcttgat
catgtccgcggtcgccggggttcggtcgcggcgaccctggctgggtcggccttatg
ccccgtggcggtgattcacccgtcgccggccgagccagcgacaacctcccaggtca
gcgcggttgtcgcggaggtggacaatggtgtggtgctgcggcacgcattcgaggag
gccaggctgcgcggagttccgctgcgggccgtggctgtccacgctgctgaaacacc
cgatgacgtcgaacagggcagccggttggcgcatgtacacctgagccgtcggctcg
cccactggacccggctctaccccgaggtgcgggtggatcgggccatcgccggcggc
agtgcgtgccgtcatctggccgccaacgcaaagccgggtcagctgttcgtcgcgga
ctcacactccgcgcacgaattgtgcggtgcataccagcccggatgcgccgtactta
cggtacgcagtgccaacttg
Rv384188atgacagaatacgaagggcctaagacaaaattccacgcgttaatgcaggaacagat
tcataacgaattcacagcggcacaacaatatgtcgcgatcgcggtttatttcgaca
gcgaagacctgccgcagttggcgaagcatttttacagccaagcggtcgaggaacga
aaccatgcaatgatgctcgtgcaacacctgctcgaccgcgaccttcgtgtcgaaat
tcccggcgtagacacggtgcgaaaccagttcgacagaccccgcgaggcactggcgc
tggcgctcgatcaggaacgcacagtcaccgaccaggtcggtcggctgacagcggtg
gcccgcgacgagggcgatttcctcggcgagcagttcatgcagtggttcttgcagga
acagatcgaagaggtggccttgatggcaaccctggtgcgggttgccgatcgggccg
gggccaacctgttcgagctagagaacttcgtcgcacgtgaagtggatgtggcgccg
gccgcatcaggcgccccgcacgctgccgggggccgcctc
Rv3842c89atgacatgggccgacgaggtgctcgccggacatccctttgtggttgctcaccgtgg
tgcgtcggcggctcggccggagcatacccttgccgcctacgacctggcgctcaaag
agggcgccgacggcgtggaatgtgatgtgcggttgacccgggacgggcatctggtc
tgtgtgcatgaccgccgcctggaccgaacctcgacgggagccggcttggtcagcac
gatgacgctggcccagctacgcgagctggagtacggcgcgtggcacgacagctggc
gccccgacggttcgcacggcgacaccagtctgctgaccctggacgcgcttgtttcg
ctggttttggactggcaccggccggtgaagatcttcgtcgagaccaagcatcccgt
ccgatacggctcgctggtggaaaacaagctgctggcgctgctacaccggttcggta
ttgccgcacccgcctccgcagatcgatcccgtgcggtggtgatgtcgttttcggcc
gccgcggtctggcggatccggcgggctgcaccgctgctgccgacggtgttgctcgg
caagaccccccgatacctgaccagcagtgcggccacggcggtcggggcaaccgccg
tgggaccctcactgcctgcgttaaaggaatatccgcaactcgttgaccgctcggca
gctcagggccgggcggtgtactgctggaacgtcgatgagtacgaggacatcgactt
ttgccgggaggtcggggtggcctggattggtactcaccaccccggccgcaccaagg
cctggctggaagacgggcgggcgaacgggaccactcgc
Rv390890gtgtccgacggcgaacaagccaaatcacgtcgacgccgggggcggcgccgcgggcg
gcgcgctgcggctacagccgagaatcacatggacgcccaaccggccggcgacgcca
ccccgaccccggcaacggcgaagcggtcccggtcccgctcacctcgtcgcgggtcg
actcggatgcgcaccgtgcacgaaacatcggctggagggttggtcattgacggtat
cgacggtccacgagacgcgcaggtcgcggctctgatcggccgcgtcgaccggcgcg
gccggctgctgtggtcgctacccaaggggcacatcgagttgggcgagaccgccgag
cagaccgccatccgcgaggtcgccgaggagaccggcatccgcggcagtgtgctcgc
cgcgctggggcgcatcgactactggttcgtcaccgacggccggcgggtgcacaaga
ccgtccaccattatttgatgcggtttttaggcggagagctgtccgacgaagacctc
gaggtagccgaggtagcctgggtgccgatccgggaactgccgtctcgactggccta
cgccgacgaacgtcgactagccgaggtggccgacgaactgatcgacaagctgcaga
gcgacggccccgccgcgcttccgccgctaccacccagctcgcctcgtcgacggccg
caaacgcattcacgcgctcgtcatgccgatgactcagcaccgggtcagcacaacgg
tcccgggccggggccg

[0031] Preferably the immunogenic portions are selected from the group consisting of the sequences presented in Table 1 and the nucleic acid sequences are selected from the sequences presented in Table 2.

[0032] In another embodiment, the vaccine is a multiphase vaccine, where the polypeptides or fragments hereof are fused to other antigens with efficacy as prophylactic vaccines, where the fusion partner is selected from e.g. the group consisting of ESAT-6, TB10.4, CFP10, RD1-ORF5, RD1-ORF2, Rv1036, MPB64, MPT64, Ag85A, Ag85B (MPT59), MPB59, Ag85C, 19 kDa lipoprotein, MPT32.

[0033] The invention further discloses a therapeutic vaccine against tuberculosis comprising one or more polypeptides or fragments hereof, which polypeptides are expressed during the latent stage of the mycobacteria infection, which stage is characterized by low-oxygen tension in the microenvironment of the mycobacteria, or nucleic acids encoding these polypeptides.

[0034] Preferably, the therapeutic and multiphase vaccine comprises an additional delivery system selected from among, live recombinant vaccines, that is gene-modified organisms such as bacteria or viruses expressing mycobacteria genes, or immunogenic delivery systems such as, DNA vaccines, that is plasmids expressing genes or gene fragments for the proteins described above, or protein vaccines, that is the proteins themselves or synthetic peptides derived from the proteins themselves delivered in a delivery system such as an adjuvant.

[0035] The invention further discloses a therapeutic vaccine in which the amino acid sequence is lipidated so as to allow a self-adjuvanting effect of the polypeptide.

[0036] The invention also discloses a method for treating an animal, including a human being, with tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g., by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, comprising administering to the animal the above-mentioned vaccine.

[0037] The invention also discloses a method for immunizing an animal, including a human being, against tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g., by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, comprising administering to the animal the above mentioned vaccine.

[0038] In a still further embodiment, the invention discloses an immunogenic composition comprising a polypeptide as defined above, preferably in the form of a vaccine or in the form of a diagnostic reagent. The diagnostic reagent can be in the form of a skin test reagent (administered by the transcutaneous, subcutaneous or intradermal routes), a serological reagent or a reagent for stimulating a cell-mediated reaction.

[0039] In another embodiment, the invention discloses a nucleic acid fragment in isolated form which

[0040] (a) comprises a nucleic acid sequence which encodes a polypeptide as defined above, or comprises a nucleic acid sequence complementary thereto; or

[0041] (b) has a length of at least 10 nucleotides and hybridizes readily under stringent hybridization conditions with a nucleotide sequence selected from the nucleotide sequences presented in Table 2 or a sequence complementary thereto, or with a nucleotide sequence selected from a sequence in (a)

[0042] The nucleic acid fragment is preferably a DNA fragment. The fragment can be used as a pharmaceutical.

[0043] In another embodiment, the invention discloses a vaccine comprising a nucleic acid fragment according to the invention, optionally inserted in a vector, the vaccine effecting in vivo expression of antigen by a human being or other mammal or animal, to whom the vaccine has been administered, the amount of expressed antigen being effective to confer substantially increased resistance to tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g. by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, in an animal, including a human being.

[0044] In a further embodiment, the invention discloses the use of a nucleic acid fragment according to the invention for the preparation of a composition for the diagnosis of tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g., by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, and the use of a nucleic acid fragment according to the invention for the preparation of a pharmaceutical composition for the vaccination against tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g., by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis.

[0045] In a still further embodiment, the invention discloses a vaccine for immunizing an human being or other mammal or animal, against tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g. by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, comprising as the effective component a non-pathogenic microorganism, wherein at least one copy of a DNA fragment comprising a DNA sequence encoding a polypeptide as defined above has been incorporated into the microorganism (e.g., placed on a plasmid or in the genome) in a manner allowing the microorganism to express and optionally secrete the polypeptide.

[0046] In another embodiment, the invention discloses a replicable expression vector, which comprises a nucleic acid fragment according to the invention, and a transformed cell harboring at least one such vector.

[0047] In another embodiment, the invention discloses a method for producing a polypeptide as defined above, comprising

[0048] (a) inserting a nucleic acid fragment according to the invention into a vector that is able to replicate in a host cell, introducing the resulting recombinant vector into the host cell, culturing the host cell in a culture medium under conditions sufficient to effect expression of the polypeptide, and recovering the polypeptide from the host cell or culture medium;

[0049] (b) isolating the polypeptide from a whole mycobacterium, e.g. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, from culture filtrate or from lysates or fractions thereof; or

[0050] (c) synthesizing the polypeptide e.g. by solid or liquid phase peptide synthesis.

[0051] The invention also discloses a method of diagnosing tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g. by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, in an animal, including a human being, comprising intradermally injecting, in the animal, a polypeptide as defined above or an immunogenic composition as defined above, a positive skin response at the location of injection being indicative of the animal having tuberculosis, and a negative skin response at the location of injection being indicative of the animal not having tuberculosis.

[0052] In another embodiment, the invention discloses a method for immunizing an animal, including a human being, against tuberculosis caused by virulent mycobacteria, e.g. by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium africanum or Mycobacterium bovis, comprising administering to the animal the polypeptide as defined above, the immunogenic composition according to the invention, or the vaccine according to the invention.

[0053] Another embodiment of the invention discloses a monoclonal or polyclonal antibody, which is specifically reacting with a polypeptide as defined above in an immuno assay, or a specific binding fragment of said antibody. Preferably, said antibody is for use as a diagnostic reagent, e.g. for detection of mycobacteria antigens in sputum, urine or other body fluids of an infected animal, including a human being.

[0054] In a further embodiment the invention discloses a pharmaceutical composition that comprises an immunologically responsive amount of at least one member selected from the group consisting of:

[0055] (a) a polypeptide selected from the sequences presented in Table 1, or an immunogenic portion thereof;

[0056] (b) an amino acid sequence which has a sequence identity of at least 70% to any one of said polypeptides in (a) and is immunogenic;

[0057] (c) a fusion polypeptide comprising at least one polypeptide or amino acid sequence according to (a) or (b) and at least one fusion partner;

[0058] (d) a nucleic acid sequence which encodes a polypeptide or amino acid sequence according to (a), (b) or (c);

[0059] (e) a nucleic acid sequence which is complementary to a sequence according to (d);

[0060] (f) a nucleic acid sequence which has a length of at least 10 nucleotides and which hybridizes under stringent conditions with a nucleic acid sequence according to (d) or (e); and

[0061] (g) a non-pathogenic micro-organism which has incorporated (e.g. placed on a plasmid or in the genome) therein a nucleic acid sequence according to (d), (e) or (f) in a manner to permit expression of a polypeptide encoded thereby.

[0062] In a still further embodiment the invention discloses a method for stimulating an immunogenic response in an animal which comprises administering to said animal an immunologically stimulating amount of at least one member selected from the group consisting of:

[0063] (a) a polypeptide selected from the sequences presented in Table 1, or an immunogenic portion thereof;

[0064] (b) an amino acid sequence which has a sequence identity of at least 70% to any one of said polypeptides in (a) and is immunogenic;

[0065] (c) a fusion polypeptide comprising at least one polypeptide or amino acid sequence according to (a) or (b) and at least one fusion partner;

[0066] (d) a nucleic acid sequence which encodes a polypeptide or amino acid sequence according to (a), (b) or (c);

[0067] (e) a nucleic acid sequence that is complementary to a sequence according to (d);

[0068] (f) a nucleic acid sequence which has a length of at least 10 nucleotides and which hybridizes under stringent conditions with a nucleic acid sequence according to (d) or (e); and

[0069] (g) a non-pathogenic micro-organism which has incorporated therein (e.g. placed on a plasmid or in the genome) a nucleic acid sequence according to (d), (e) or (f) in a manner to permit expression of a polypeptide encoded thereby.

[0070] The vaccine, immunogenic composition and pharmaceutical composition according to the invention can be used therapeutically in a subject infected with a virulent mycobacterium combined with a prophylactic composition in a subject to prevent further infection with a virulent mycobacterium.

[0071] The invention also discloses a method for diagnosing previous or ongoing infection with a virulent mycobacterium, said method comprising

[0072] (a) contacting a sample, e.g. a blood sample, with a composition comprising an antibody according to the invention, a nucleic acid fragment according to the invention and/or a polypeptide as defined above, or

[0073] (b) contacting a sample, e.g. a blood sample comprising mononuclear cells (e.g. T-lymphocytes), with a composition comprising one or more polypeptides as defined above in order to detect a positive reaction, e.g. proliferation of the cells or release of cytokines such as IFN-γ.

[0074] Finally, the invention discloses a method of diagnosing Mycobacterium tuberculosisinfection in a subject comprising:

[0075] (a) contacting a polypeptide as defined above with a bodily fluid of the subject;

[0076] (b) detecting binding of a antibody to said polypeptide, said binding being an indication that said subject is infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis or is susceptible to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.

[0077] Definitions

[0078] Polypeptides

[0079] The word “polypeptide” in the present invention should have its usual meaning. That is an amino acid chain of any length, including a full-length protein, oligopeptides, short peptides and fragments thereof, wherein the amino acid residues are linked by covalent peptide bonds.

[0080] The polypeptide may be chemically modified by being glycosylated, by being lipidated (e.g. by chemical lipidation with palmitoyloxy succinimide as described by Mowat et al. 1991 or with dodecanoyl chloride as described by Lustig et al. 1976), by comprising prosthetic groups, or by containing additional amino acids such as e.g. a his-tag or a signal peptide.

[0081] Each polypeptide may thus be characterized by specific amino acids and be encoded by specific nucleic acid sequences. It will be understood that such sequences include analogues and variants produced by recombinant or synthetic methods wherein such polypeptide sequences have been modified by substitution, insertion, addition or deletion of one or more amino acid residues in the recombinant polypeptide and still be immunogenic in any of the biological assays described herein. Substitutions are preferably “conservative”. These are defined according to the following table. Amino acids in the same block in the second column and preferably in the same line in the third column may be substituted for each other. The amino acids in the third column are indicated in one-letter code. 3

ALIPHATICNon-polarGAP
ILV
Polar-unchargedCSTM
NQ
Polar-chargedDE
KR
AROMATICHFWY

[0082] A preferred polypeptide within the present invention is an immunogenic antigen from M. tuberculosis produced when the organism is subjected to the stresses associated with latent infection. Such antigen can for example also be derived from the M. tuberculosis cell and/or M. tuberculosis culture filtrate. Thus, a polypeptide comprising an immunogenic portion of one of the above antigens may consist entirely of the immunogenic portion, or may contain additional sequences. The additional sequences may be derived from the native M. tuberculosis antigen or be heterologous and such sequences may, but need not, be immunogenic.

[0083] Each polypeptide is encoded by a specific nucleic acid sequence. It will be understood that such sequences include analogues and variants hereof wherein such nucleic acid sequences have been modified by substitution, insertion, addition or deletion of one or more nucleic acids. Substitutions are preferably silent substitutions in the codon usage that will not lead to any change in the amino acid sequence, but may be introduced to enhance the expression of the protein.

[0084] In the present context the term “substantially pure polypeptide fragment” means a polypeptide preparation which contains at most 5% by weight of other polypeptide material with which it is natively associated (lower percentages of other polypeptide material are preferred, e.g. at most 4%, at most 3%, at most 2%, at most 1%, and at most ½%). It is preferred that the substantially pure polypeptide is at least 96% pure, i.e. that the polypeptide constitutes at least 96% by weight of total polypeptide material present in the preparation, and higher percentages are preferred, such as at least 97%, at least 98%, at least 99%, at least 99.25%, at least 99.5%, and at least 99.75%. It is especially preferred that the polypeptide fragment is in “essentially pure form”, i.e. that the polypeptide fragment is essentially free of any other antigen with which it is natively associated, i.e. free of any other antigen from bacteria belonging to the tuberculosis complex or a virulent mycobacterium. This can be accomplished by preparing the polypeptide fragment by means of recombinant methods in a nonmycobacterial host cell as will be described in detail below, or by synthesizing the polypeptide fragment by the well-known methods of solid or liquid phase peptide synthesis, e.g. by the method described by Merrifield or variations thereof.

[0085] By the term “virulent mycobacterium” is understood a bacterium capable of causing the tuberculosis disease in an animal or in a human being. Examples of virulent mycobacteria include but are not limited to M. tuberculosis, M. africanum, and M. bovis. Examples of relevant animals are cattle, possums, badgers and kangaroos.

[0086] By “a TB patient” is understood an individual with culture or microscopically proven infection with virulent mycobacteria, and/or an individual clinically diagnosed with TB and who is responsive to anti-TB chemotherapy. Culture, microscopy and clinical diagnosis of TB are well known by any person skilled in the art.

[0087] By the term “PPD-positive individual” is understood an individual with a positive Mantoux test or an individual where PPD induces a positive in vitro recall response determined by release of IFN-γ.

[0088] By “a latently infected individual” is understood an individual, who has been infected by a virulent mycobacterium, e.g. M. tuberculosis, but shows no sign of active tuberculosis. It is likely that individuals who have been vaccinated, e.g. by BCG, or treated for TB may still retain the mycobacteria within their bodies, although this is currently impossible to prove since such individuals would be expected to be positive if tested for PPD reactivity. Nonetheless, in its most accurate sense, “latently-infected” may be used to describe any individual who has M. tuberculosis residing in their tissues but who is not clinically ill.

[0089] By the term “delayed type hypersensitivity reaction” (DTH) is understood a T-cell mediated inflammatory response elicited after the injection of a polypeptide into, or application to, the skin, said inflammatory response appearing 72-96 hours after the polypeptide injection or application.

[0090] By the term “IFN-γ” is understood interferon-gamma. The measurement of IFN-γ is used as an indication of an immunological response.

[0091] By the terms “nucleic acid fragment” and “nucleic acid sequence” are understood any nucleic acid molecule including DNA, RNA, LNA (locked nucleic acids), PNA, RNA, dsRNA and RNA-DNA-hybrids. Also included are nucleic acid molecules comprising non-naturally occurring nucleosides. The term includes nucleic acid molecules of any length e.g. from 10 to 10000 nucleotides, depending on the use. When the nucleic acid molecule is for use as a pharmaceutical, e.g. in DNA therapy, or for use in a method for producing a polypeptide according to the invention, a molecule encoding at least one epitope is preferably used, having a length from about 18 to about 1000 nucleotides, the molecule being optionally inserted into a vector. When the nucleic acid molecule is used as a probe, as a primer or in antisense therapy, a molecule having a length of 10-100 is preferably used. According to the invention, other molecule lengths can be used, for instance a molecule having at least 12, 15, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 or 1000 nucleotides (or nucleotide derivatives), or a molecule having at most 10000, 5000, 4000, 3000, 2000, 1000, 700, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, 50, 40, 30 or 20 nucleotides (or nucleotide derivatives).

[0092] The term “stringent” when used in conjunction with hybridization conditions is as defined in the art, i.e. the hybridization is performed at a temperature not more than 15-20° C. under the melting point Tm, cf. Sambrook et al, 1989, pages 11.45-11.49. Preferably, the conditions are “highly stringent”, i.e. 5-10° C. under the melting point Tm.

[0093] Throughout this specification, unless the context requires otherwise, the word “comprise”, or variations thereof such as “comprises” or “comprising”, will be understood to imply the inclusion of a stated element or integer or group of elements or integers but not the exclusion of any other element or integer or group of elements or integers.

[0094] Sequence Identity

[0095] The term “sequence identity” indicates a quantitative measure of the degree of homology between two amino acid sequences of equal length or between two nucleotide sequences of equal length. The two sequences to be compared must be aligned to best possible fit allowing the insertion of gaps or alternatively, truncation at the ends of the protein sequences. The sequence identity can be calculated as (Nref−Ndif)100/Nref, wherein Ndif is the total number of non-identical residues in the two sequences when aligned and wherein Nref is the number of residues in one of the sequences. Hence, the DNA sequence AGTCAGTC [SEQ ID NO: 184] will have a sequence identity of 75% with the sequence AATCAATC, SEQ ID NO: 185 (Ndif=2 and Nref=8). A gap is counted as non-identity of the specific residue(s), i.e. the DNA sequence AGTGTC [SEQ ID NO: 186] will have a sequence identity of 75% with the DNA sequence AGTCAGTC, SEQ ID NO: 187, (Ndif=2 and Nref=8). Sequence identity can alternatively be calculated by the BLAST program e.g. the BLASTP program (Pearson, 1988, or www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/BLAST). In one aspect of the invention, alignment is performed with the sequence alignment method ClustalW with default parameters as described by Thompson J., et al 1994, available at http://www2.ebi.ac.uk/clustalw/.

[0096] A preferred minimum percentage of sequence identity is at least 80%, such as at least 85%, at least 90%, at least 91%, at least 92%, at least 93%, at least 94%, at least 95%, at least 96%, at least 97%, at least 98%, at least 99%, and at least 99.5%.

[0097] Immunogenic Portion

[0098] In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the polypeptide comprises an immunogenic portion of the polypeptide, such as an epitope for a B-cell or T-cell. The immunogenic portion of a polypeptide is a part of the polypeptide, which elicits an immune response in an animal or a human being, and/or in a biological sample determined by any of the biological assays described herein. The immunogenic portion of a polypeptide may be a T-cell epitope or a B-cell epitope. Immunogenic portions can be related to one or a few relatively small parts of the polypeptide, they can be scattered throughout the polypeptide sequence or be situated in specific parts of the polypeptide. For a few polypeptides, epitopes have even been demonstrated to be scattered throughout the polypeptide covering the full sequence (Ravn et al 1999). In order to identify relevant T-cell epitopes which are recognized during an immune response, it is possible to use overlapping oligopeptides for the detection of MHC class II epitopes, preferably synthetic, having a length of e.g. 20 amino acid residues derived from the polypeptide. These peptides can be tested in biological assays (e.g. the IFN-γ assay as described herein) and some of these will give a positive response (and thereby be immunogenic) as evidence for the presence of a T cell epitope in the peptide. For the detection of MHC class I epitopes it is possible to predict peptides that will bind (Stryhn et al. 1996) and hereafter produce these peptides synthetic and test them in relevant biological assays, e.g. the IFN-γ assay as described herein. The peptides preferably having a length of, e.g., 8 to 11 amino acid residues derived from the polypeptide. B-cell epitopes can be determined by analyzing the B cell recognition to overlapping peptides covering the polypeptide of interest as, e.g., described in Harboe et al 1998.

[0099] Although the minimum length of a T-cell epitope has been shown to be at least 6 amino acids, it is normal that such epitopes are constituted of longer stretches of amino acids. Hence, it is preferred that the polypeptide fragment of the invention has a length of at least 7 amino acid residues, such as at least 8, at least 9, at least 10, at least 12, at least 14, at least 16, at least 18, at least 20, at least 22, at least 24, and at least 30 amino acid residues. Hence, in important embodiments of the inventive method, it is preferred that the polypeptide fragment has a length of at most 50 amino acid residues, such as at most 40, 35, 30, 25, and 20 amino acid residues. It is expected that the peptides having a length of from 10 to 20 amino acid residues will prove to be most efficient as MHC class II epitopes and therefore especially preferred lengths of the polypeptide fragment used in the inventive method are 18, such as 15, 14, 13, 12 and even 11 amino acid residues. It is expected that the peptides having a length of from 7 to 12 amino acid residues will prove to be most efficient as MHC class I epitopes and therefore especially preferred lengths of the polypeptide fragment used in the inventive method are 11, such as 10, 9, 8 and even 7 amino acid residues.

[0100] Immunogenic portions of polypeptides may be recognized by a broad part (high frequency) or by a minor part (low frequency) of the genetically heterogeneous human population. In addition some immunogenic portions induce high immunological responses (dominant), whereas others induce lower, but still significant, responses (subdominant). High frequency><low frequency can be related to the immunogenic portion binding to widely distributed MHC molecules (HLA type) or even by multiple MHC molecules (Sinigaglia, 1988, Kilgus, 1991).

[0101] In the context of providing candidate molecules for a new vaccine against tuberculosis, the subdominant epitopes are however as relevant as are the dominant epitopes since it has been shown (Olsen, 2000) that such epitopes can induce protection regardless of the fact that they are not as strongly or broadly recognized.

[0102] Variants

[0103] A common feature of the polypeptides of the invention is their capability to induce an immunological response as illustrated in the examples. It is understood that a variant of a polypeptide of the invention produced by substitution, insertion, addition or deletion may also be immunogenic as determined by any of the assays described herein.

[0104] Immune Individual

[0105] An immune individual is defined as a person or an animal, which has cleared or controlled an infection with virulent mycobacteria or has received a vaccination with M.bovis BCG.

[0106] Immune Response

[0107] The immune response may be monitored by one of the following methods:

[0108] An in vitro cellular response is determined by induction of the release of a relevant cytokine such as IFN-γ from, or the induction of proliferation in lymphocytes withdrawn from an animal or human being currently or previously infected with virulent mycobacteria or immunized with the relevant polypeptide. The induction being performed by the addition of the polypeptide or the immunogenic portion of the polypeptide to a suspension comprising from 2×105 cells to 4×105 cells per well. The cells being isolated from either the blood, the spleen, the liver or the lung and the addition of the polypeptide or the immunogenic portion resulting in a concentration of not more than 20 μg per ml suspension and the stimulation being performed from two to five days. For monitoring cell proliferation the cells are pulsed with radioactive labeled Thymidine and after 16-22 hours of incubation detecting the proliferation by liquid scintillation counting. A positive response is defined as being a response more than background plus two standard deviations. The release of IFN-γ can be determined by the ELISA method, which is well known to a person skilled in the art. A positive response being a response more than background plus two standard deviations. Other cytokines than IFN-γ could be relevant when monitoring the immunological response to the polypeptide, such as IL-12, TNF-α, IL-4, IL-5, IL-10, IL-6, TGF-β. Another and more sensitive method for detecting the immune response is the ELISpot method, in which the frequency of IFN-γ producing cells is determined. In an ELIspot plate (MAHA, Millipore) precoated with anti-murine IFN-γ antibodies (PharMingen) graded numbers of cells isolated from either blood, spleen, or lung (typically between 1 to 4×105 cells/well) are incubated for 24-32 hrs in the presence of the polypeptide or the immunogenic portion resulting in a concentration of not more than 20 μg per ml. The plates are subsequently incubated with biotinylated anti-IFN-γ antibodies followed by a streptavidin-alkaline phosphatase incubation. The IFN-γ producing cells are identified by adding BCIP/NBT (Sigma), the relevant substrate giving rise to spots. These spots can be enumerated using a dissection microscope. It is also a possibility to determine the presence of mRNA coding for the relevant cytokine by the use of the PCR technique. Usually one or more cytokines will be measured utilizing for example PCR, ELISPOT or ELISA. It will be appreciated by a person skilled in the art that a significant increase or decrease in the amount of any of these cytokines induced by a specific polypeptide can be used in evaluation of the immunological activity of the polypeptide.

[0109] An in vitro cellular response may also be determined by the use of T cell lines derived from an immune individual or an M. tuberculosis-infected person where the T cell lines have been driven with either live mycobacteria, extracts from the bacterial cell or culture filtrate for 10 to 20 days with the addition of IL-2. The induction being performed by addition of not more than 20 μg polypeptide per ml suspension to the T cell lines containing from 1×105 cells to 3×105 cells per well and incubation being performed from two to six days. The induction of IFN-γ or release of another relevant cytokine is detected by ELISA. The stimulation of T cells can also be monitored by detecting cell proliferation using radioactively labeled Thymidine as described above. For both assays a positive response being a response more than background plus two standard deviations.

[0110] An in vivo cellular response may be determined as a positive DTH response after intradermal injection or local application patch of at most 100 μg of the polypeptide or the immunogenic portion to an individual who is clinically or subclinically infected with a virulent mycobacterium, a positive response having a diameter of at least 5 mm 72-96 hours after the injection or application.

[0111] An in vitro humoral response is determined by a specific antibody response in an immune or infected individual. The presence of antibodies may be determined by an ELISA technique or a Western blot where the polypeptide or the immunogenic portion is absorbed to either a nitrocellulose membrane or a polystyrene surface. The serum is preferably diluted in PBS from 1:10 to 1:100 and added to the absorbed polypeptide and the incubation being performed from 1 to 12 hours. By the use of labeled secondary antibodies the presence of specific antibodies can be determined by measuring the OD e.g. by ELISA where a positive response is a response of more than background plus two standard deviations or alternatively a visual response in a Western blot.

[0112] Another relevant parameter is measurement of the protection in animal models induced after vaccination with the polypeptide in an adjuvant or after DNA vaccination. Suitable animal models include primates, guinea pigs or mice, which are challenged with an infection of a virulent Mycobacterium. Readout for induced protection could be decrease of the bacterial load in target organs compared to non-vaccinated animals, prolonged survival times compared to non-vaccinated animals and diminished weight loss compared to non-vaccinated animals.

[0113] Preparation Methods

[0114] In general, M. tuberculosis antigens, and DNA sequences encoding such antigens, may be prepared using any one of a variety of procedures.

[0115] They may be purified as native proteins from the M. tuberculosis cell or culture filtrate by procedures such as those described above. Immunogenic antigens may also be produced recombinantly using a DNA sequence encoding the antigen, which has been inserted into an expression vector and expressed in an appropriate host. Examples of host cells are E. coli. The polypeptides or immunogenic portion hereof can also be produced synthetically having fewer than about 100 amino acids, and generally fewer than 50 amino acids and may be generated using techniques well known to those ordinarily skilled in the art, such as commercially available solid-phase techniques where amino acids are sequentially added to a growing amino acid chain.

[0116] In the construction and preparation of plasmid DNA encoding the polypeptide as defined for DNA vaccination a host strain such as E. coli can be used. Plasmid DNA can then be prepared from cultures of the host strain carrying the plasmid of interest, and purified using e.g. the Qiagen Giga-Plasmid column kit (Qiagen, Santa Clarita, Calif., USA) including an endotoxin removal step. It is preferred that plasmid DNA used for DNA vaccination is endotoxin free.

[0117] Fusion Proteins

[0118] The immunogenic polypeptides may also be produced as fusion proteins, by which methods superior characteristics of the polypeptide of the invention can be achieved. For instance, fusion partners that facilitate export of the polypeptide when produced recombinantly, fusion partners that facilitate purification of the polypeptide, and fusion partners which enhance the immunogenicity of the polypeptide fragment of the invention are all interesting possibilities. Therefore, the invention also pertains to a fusion polypeptide comprising at least one polypeptide or immunogenic portion defined above and at least one fusion partner. The fusion partner can, in order to enhance immunogenicity, be another polypeptide derived from M. tuberculosis, such as of a polypeptide fragment derived from a bacterium belonging to the tuberculosis complex, such as ESAT-6, TB10.4, CFP10, RD1-ORF5, RD1-ORF2, Rv1036, MPB64, MPT64, Ag85A, Ag85B (MPT59), MPB59, Ag85C, 19 kDa lipoprotein, MPT32 and alpha-crystalline, or at least one T-cell epitope of any of the above mentioned antigens (Skjøt et al 2000; Danish Patent application PA 2000 00666; Danish Patent application PA 1999 01020; U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/0505,739; Rosenkrands et al 1998; Nagai et al 1991). The invention also pertains to a fusion polypeptide comprising mutual fusions of two or more of the polypeptides (or immunogenic portions thereof) of the invention.

[0119] Other fusion partners, which could enhance the immunogenicity of the product, are lymphokines such as IFN-γ, IL-2 and IL-12. In order to facilitate expression and/or purification, the fusion partner can e.g. be a bacterial fimbrial protein, e.g. the pilus components pilin and papA; protein A; the ZZ-peptide (ZZ-fusions are marketed by Pharmacia in Sweden); the maltose binding protein; glutathione S-transferase; β-galactosidase; or poly-histidine. Fusion proteins can be produced recombinantly in a host cell, which could be E. coli, and it is a possibility to induce a linker region between the different fusion partners.

[0120] Other interesting fusion partners are polypeptides, which are lipidated so that the immunogenic polypeptide is presented in a suitable manner to the immune system. This effect is e.g. known from vaccines based on the Borrelia burgdorferi OspA polypeptide as described in e.g. WO 96/40718 A or vaccines based on the Pseudomonas aeruginosa OprI lipoprotein (Cote-Sierra J 1998). Another possibility is N-terminal fusion of a known signal sequence and an N-terminal cystein to the immunogenic polypeptide. Such a fusion results in lipidation of the immunogenic polypeptide at the N-terminal cystein, when produced in a suitable production host.

[0121] Uses

[0122] Protein Vaccine

[0123] Another part of the invention pertains to a vaccine composition comprising a polypeptide (or at least one immunogenic portion thereof) or fusion polypeptide according to the invention. In order to ensure optimum performance of such a vaccine composition it is preferred that it comprises an immunologically and pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, vehicle or adjuvant.

[0124] An effective vaccine, wherein a polypeptide of the invention is recognized by the animal, will in an animal model be able to decrease bacterial load in target organs, prolong survival times and/or diminish weight loss after challenge with a virulent Mycobacterium, compared to non-vaccinated animals

[0125] Suitable carriers are selected from the group consisting of a polymer to which the polypeptide(s) is/are bound by hydrophobic non-covalent interaction, such as a plastic, e.g. polystyrene, or a polymer to which the polypeptide(s) is/are covalently bound, such as a polysaccharide, or a polypeptide, e.g. bovine serum albumin, ovalbumin or keyhole limpet haemocyanin. Suitable vehicles are selected from the group consisting of a diluent and a suspending agent. The adjuvant is preferably selected from the group consisting of dimethyldioctadecylammonium bromide (DDA), Quil A, poly I:C, aluminum hydroxide, Freund's incomplete adjuvant, IFN-γ, IL-2, IL-12, monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL), Trehalose Dimycolate (TDM), Trehalose Dibehenate and muramyl dipeptide (MDP).

[0126] Preparation of vaccines which contain peptide sequences as active ingredients is generally well understood in the art, as exemplified by U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,608,251; 4,601,903; 4,599,231 and 4,599,230, all incorporated herein by reference.

[0127] Other methods of achieving adjuvant effect for the vaccine include use of agents such as aluminum hydroxide or phosphate (alum), synthetic polymers of sugars (Carbopol), aggregation of the protein in the vaccine by heat treatment, aggregation by reactivating with pepsin treated (Fab) antibodies to albumin, mixture with bacterial cells such as C. parvum or endotoxins or lipopolysaccharide components of gramnegative bacteria, emulsion in physiologically acceptable oil vehicles such as mannide mono-oleate (Aracel A) or emulsion with 20 percent solution of a perfluorocarbon (Fluosol-DA) used as a block substitute may also be employed. Other possibilities involve the use of immune modulating substances such as cytokines or synthetic IFN-γ inducers such as poly I:C in combination with the above-mentioned adjuvants.

[0128] Another interesting possibility for achieving adjuvant effect is to employ the technique described in Gosselin et al., 1992 (which is hereby incorporated by reference herein). In brief, a relevant antigen such as an antigen of the present invention can be conjugated to an antibody (or antigen binding antibody fragment) against the Fcγ receptors on monocytes/macrophages.

[0129] The vaccines are administered in a manner compatible with the dosage formulation, and in such amount as will be therapeutically effective and immunogenic. The quantity to be administered depends on the subject to be treated, including, e.g., the capacity of the individual's immune system to mount an immune response, and the degree of protection desired. Suitable dosage ranges are of the order of several hundred micrograms active ingredient per vaccination with a preferred range from about 0.1 μg to 1000 μg, such as in the range from about 1 μg to 300 μg, and especially in the range from about 10 μg to 50 μg. Suitable regimens for initial administration and booster shots are also variable but are typified by an initial administration followed by subsequent inoculations or other administrations.

[0130] The manner of application may be varied widely. Any of the conventional methods for administration of a vaccine are applicable. These are believed to include oral application on a solid physiologically acceptable base or in a physiologically acceptable dispersion, parenterally, by injection or the like. The dosage of the vaccine will depend on the route of administration and will vary according to the age of the person to be vaccinated and, to a lesser degree, the size of the person to be vaccinated.

[0131] The vaccines are conventionally administered parenterally, by injection, for example, either subcutaneously or intramuscularly. Additional formulations which are suitable for other modes of administration include suppositories and, in some cases, oral formulations. For suppositories, traditional binders and carriers may include, for example, polyalkylene glycols or triglycerides; such suppositories may be formed from mixtures containing the active ingredient in the range of 0.5% to 10%, preferably 1-2%. Oral formulations include such normally employed excipients as, for example, pharmaceutical grades of mannitol, lactose, starch, magnesium stearate, sodium saccharine, cellulose, magnesium carbonate, and the like. These compositions take the form of solutions, suspensions, tablets, pills, capsules, sustained release formulations or powders and advantageously contain 10-95% of active ingredient, preferably 25-70%.

[0132] In many instances, it will be necessary to have multiple administrations of the vaccine. Especially, vaccines can be administered to prevent an infection with virulent mycobacteria, a prophylactic vaccine, and/or to treat established mycobacterial infection, a therapeutic vaccine. When administered to prevent an infection, the vaccine is given prophylactically, before definitive clinical signs, diagnosis or identification of an infection TB are present. Since the current vaccine BCG appears to induce an effective, but short-lived immune response, prophylactic vaccines may also be designed to be used as booster vaccines. Such booster vaccines are given to individuals who have previously received a vaccination, with the intention of prolonging the period of protection. In instances where the individual has already become infected or is suspected to have become infected, the previous vaccination may have provided sufficient immunity to prevent primary disease, but as discussed previously, boosting this immune response will not help against the latent infection. In such a situation, the vaccine will necessarily have to be a therapeutic vaccine designed for efficacy against the latent stage of infection. A combination of a prophylactic vaccine and a therapeutic vaccine, which is active against both primary and latent infection, constitutes a multiphase vaccine.

[0133] Due to genetic variation, different individuals may react with immune responses of varying strength to the same polypeptide. Therefore, the vaccine according to the invention may comprise several different polypeptides in order to increase the immune response. The vaccine may comprise two or more polypeptides or immunogenic portions, where all of the polypeptides are as defined above, or some but not all of the peptides may be derived from virulent mycobacteria. In the latter example, the polypeptides not necessarily fulfilling the criteria set forth above for polypeptides may either act due to their own immunogenicity or merely act as adjuvants.

[0134] The vaccine may comprise 1-20, such as 2-20 or even 3-20 different polypeptides or fusion polypeptides, such as 3-10 different polypeptides or fusion polypeptides.

[0135] The invention also pertains to a method for immunizing an animal, including a human being, against TB caused by virulent mycobacteria, comprising administering to the animal the polypeptide of the invention, or a vaccine composition of the invention as described above, or a living vaccine described above.

[0136] The invention also pertains to a method for producing an immunologic composition according to the invention, the method comprising preparing, synthesizing or isolating a polypeptide according to the invention, and solubilizing or dispersing the polypeptide in a medium for a vaccine, and optionally adding other M. tuberculosis antigens and/or a carrier, vehicle and/or adjuvant substance.

[0137] DNA Vaccine.

[0138] The nucleic acid fragments of the invention may be used for effecting in vivo expression of antigens, i.e. the nucleic acid fragments may be used in so-called DNA vaccines as reviewed in Ulmer et al 1993, which is included by reference.

[0139] Hence, the invention also relates to a vaccine comprising a nucleic acid fragment according to the invention, the vaccine effecting in vivo expression of antigen by an animal, including a human being, to whom the vaccine has been administered, the amount of expressed antigen being effective to confer substantially increased resistance to infections caused by virulent mycobacteria in an animal, including a human being.

[0140] The above mentioned definitions and distinctions of prophylactic-, booster-, therapeutic- and multiphase vaccines also applies for DNA vaccines

[0141] The efficacy of such a DNA vaccine can possibly be enhanced by administering the gene encoding the expression product together with a DNA fragment encoding a polypeptide that has the capability of modulating an immune response.

[0142] Live Recombinant Vaccines

[0143] One possibility for effectively activating a cellular immune response for a vaccine can be achieved by expressing the relevant antigen in a vaccine in a non-pathogenic microorganism or virus. Well-known examples of such microorganisms are Mycobacterium bovis BCG, Salmonella and Pseudomona and examples of viruses are Vaccinia Virus and Adenovirus.

[0144] Therefore, another important aspect of the present invention is an improvement of the living BCG vaccine presently available, wherein one or more copies of a DNA sequence encoding one or more polypeptide as defined above has been incorporated into the genome of the micro-organism in a manner allowing the micro-organism to express and secrete the polypeptide. The incorporation of more than one copy of a nucleotide sequence of the invention is contemplated to enhance the immune response.

[0145] Another possibility is to integrate the DNA encoding the polypeptide according to the invention in an attenuated virus such as the vaccinia virus or Adenovirus (Rolph et al 1997). The recombinant vaccinia virus is able to replicate within the cytoplasma of the infected host cell and the polypeptide of interest can therefore induce an immune response, which is envisioned to induce protection against TB.

[0146] Therapeutic Vaccine.

[0147] The invention also relates to the use of a polypeptide or nucleic acid of the invention for use as therapeutic vaccines as have been described by D. Lowrie (Lowrie, 1999) using DNA vaccine encoding HSP65 from M. leprae. Antigens with therapeutic properties may be identified based on their ability to diminish the severity of M. tuberculosis infection in experimental animals or prevent reactivation of previous infection, when administered as a vaccine. The composition used for therapeutic vaccines can be prepared as described above for vaccines.

[0148] Diagnostic Protein

[0149] The invention also relates to a method of diagnosing latent TB caused by a virulent mycobacterium in an animal, including a human being, comprising intradermally injecting, in the animal, a polypeptide according to the invention, a positive skin response at the location of injection being indicative of the animal having TB, and a negative skin response at the location of injection being indicative of the animal not having TB.

[0150] When diagnosis of latent infection with virulent mycobacteria is the aim, a blood sample comprising mononuclear cells (i.e. T-lymphocytes) from a patient is contacted with a sample of one or more polypeptides of the invention. This contacting can be performed in vitro and a positive reaction could e.g. be proliferation of the T-cells or release of cytokines such as IFN-γ into the extracellular phase. It is also conceivable to contact a serum sample from a subject with a polypeptide of the invention, the demonstration of a binding between antibodies in the serum sample and the polypeptide being indicative of previous or ongoing infection.

[0151] The invention therefore also relates to an in vitro method for diagnosing latent infection in an animal or a human being with a virulent mycobacterium, the method comprising providing a blood sample from the animal or human being, and contacting the sample from the animal with the polypeptide of the invention, a significant release into the extracellular phase of at least one cytokine by mononuclear cells in the blood sample being indicative of the animal being sensitized. A positive response being a response more than release from a blood sample derived from a patient without the TB diagnosis plus two standard deviations. The invention also relates to the in vitro method for diagnosing ongoing or previous sensitization in an animal or a human being with a virulent mycobacterium, the method comprising providing a blood sample from the animal or human being, and by contacting the sample from the animal with the polypeptide of the invention demonstrating the presence of antibodies recognizing the polypeptide of the invention in the serum sample.

[0152] The immunogenic composition used for diagnosing may comprise 1-20, such as 2-20 or even 3-20 different polypeptides or fusion polypeptides, such as 3-10 different polypeptides or fusion polypeptides.

[0153] Diagnostic DNA

[0154] The nucleic acid probes encoding the polypeptide of the invention can be used in a variety of diagnostic assays for detecting the presence of pathogenic organisms in a given sample.

[0155] A method of determining the presence of mycobacterial nucleic acids in an animal, including a human being, or in a sample, comprising administering a nucleic acid fragment of the invention to the animal or incubating the sample with the nucleic acid fragment of the invention or a nucleic acid fragment complementary thereto, and detecting the presence of hybridized nucleic acids resulting from the incubation (by using the hybridization assays which are well-known in the art), is also included in the invention. Such a method of diagnosing TB might involve the use of a composition comprising at least a part of a nucleotide sequence as defined above and detecting the presence of nucleotide sequences in a sample from the animal or human being to be tested which hybridize with the nucleic acid fragment (or a complementary fragment) by the use of PCR technique.

[0156] Antibodies

[0157] A monoclonal or polyclonal antibody, which is specifically reacting with a polypeptide of the invention in an immunoassay, or a specific binding fragment of said antibody, is also a part of the invention. The antibodies can be produced by methods known to a person skilled in the art. Polyclonal antibodies can be raised in a mammal, for example, by one or more injections of a polypeptide according to the present invention and, if desired, an adjuvant. The monoclonal antibodies according to the present invention may, for example, be produced by the hybridoma method first described by Kohler and Milstein (Kohler and Milstein, 1975), or may be produced by recombinant DNA methods such as described in U.S. Pat. No. 4,816,567. The monoclonal anti-bodies may also be isolated from phage libraries generated using the techniques described by McCafferty et al (McCafferty, 1990), for example. Methods for producing antibodies are described in the literature, e.g. in U.S. Pat. No. 6,136,958.

[0158] A sample of a potentially infected organ or body fluid from an infected individual may be contacted with such an antibody recognizing a polypeptide of the invention. The demonstration of the reaction by means of methods well known in the art between the sample and the antibody will be indicative of an ongoing infection. It is of course also a possibility to demonstrate the presence of anti-mycobacterial antibodies in serum or other body fluids by contacting a serum sample from a subject with at least one of the polypeptide fragments of the invention and using well-known methods for visualizing the reaction between the antibody and antigen.

[0159] In diagnostics, an antibody, a nucleic acid fragment and/or a polypeptide of the invention can be used either alone, or as a constituent in a composition. Such compositions are known in the art, and comprise compositions in which the antibody, the nucleic acid fragment or the polypeptide of the invention is coupled, preferably covalently, to at least one other molecule, e.g. a label (e.g. radioactive or fluorescent) or a carrier molecule.

[0160] It will be understood that the following examples are illustrative of the present invention and are not a limitation thereof. A number of variations on the techniques, reagents, and conditions described in the following examples will be readily apparent to one of skill in the art.

EXAMPLES

Example 1

[0161] Cloning and Expression of Low Oxygen Induced M. tuberculosis Antigens in E. coli.

[0162] A number of M tuberculosis genes are induced under low oxygen conditions. The upregulation of the genes listed in table 2 has been determined at either the mRNA (Sherman, 2001) or protein (Boon, 2001, Rosenkrands, 2002) level The coding region of these selected antigens is amplified by PCR using the primer sets listed in table 3. 4

TABLE 3
Prim r sequences for PCR amplification of selected low oxygen
induced antigens
SEQ
ID
Rv no.NO:Primer sequence
Rv0079Fwd 92CACCGTGGAACCGAAACGCAGTCG
Rvs 93TTATGCCAGACCGTCGGCA
Rv0080Fwd 94CACCATGAGCCCGGGCTCG
Rvs 95TTACGGCGTACGCGAGTCAG
Rv0081Fwd 96CACCGTGGAGTCCGAACCGCTGTA
Rvs 97TTACGTGGCCGAGCCGC
Rv0363cFwd 98CACCATGCCTATCGCAACGCCC
(fba)Rvs 99TTAGTGGGTTAGGGACTTTCCGG
Rv0569Fwd100GGGGACAAGTTTGTACAAAAAAGCAGGCTTAAAGGCAAAGGTCGGGGAC
Rvs101GGGGACCACTTTGTACAAGAAAGCTGGGTCCTACGTTCCCCTGGCATGGA
Rv0572cFwd102CACCATGGGTGAGCACGCCATC
Rvs103TTATAGGTCATCGGATTGAGGTGATC
Rv0574cFwd104CACCGTGGCTGGCAATCCTGATGT
Rvs105TTACTCCTTGCTCGTTAGGTTGGC
Rv1264Fwd106CACCGTGACAGACCACGTGCGC
Rvs107TTACGGTGACGAGCCGGC
Rv1592cFwd108CACCATGGTAGAGCCCGGCAATTTG
Rvs109TTAGAGCGGACGGCGGCT
Rv1733cFwd110CACCATGATCGCCACAACCCGC
Rvs111TTACCGCTGCGTGCAGAACA
Rv1734cFwd112CACCATGACCAACGTCGGTGACCA
Rvs113TTATCCTGTTACTGCGGCGCA
Rv1736cFwd114CACCGTGACGGTGACACCACGGAC
(narX)Rvs115TTACCACCCGCGCCGC
Rv1737cFwd116CACCATGAGAGGGCAAGCGGC
(narK2)Rvs117TTACCTGGACGCCTCCTCACTC
Rv1738Fwd118CACCATGTGCGGCGACCAGTC
Rvs119TTAATACAACAATCGCGCCGG
Rv1739cFwd120CACCATGATTCCCACGATGACATCG
Rvs121TTAGCGCCGACGGAACG
Rv1813cFwd122GGGGACAAGTTTGTACAAAAAAGCAGGCTTAATCACAAACCTCCGACGC
Rvs123GGGGACCACTTTGTACAAGAAAGCTGGGTCCTAGTTGCACGCCCAGTTGAC
Rv1997Fwd124CACCTTGTCGGCGTCAGTGTCTGC
(ctpF)Rvs125TTATGGCGGTTGCGCCC
Rv1998cFwd126CACCATGAGTTTCCACGATCTTCATCACC
Rvs127TTACGTTGTACTCGTGCGGTTCTC
Rv2003cFwd128CACCGTGGTCAAGCGCTCTCGG
Rvs129TTATTCCGACTCGAGTGGGTGA
Rv2005cFwd130CACCATGTCTAAACCCCGCAAGCA
Rvs131TTACGACTGCCGTGCCACG
Rv2007cFwd132CACCGTGACCTATGTGATCGGTAGTGAGTG
(fdxA)Rvs133TTAAGGGCACTCCACCGGGA
Rv2028cFwd134CACCATGAACCAATCACACAAACCCC
Rvs135TTACAGATACTGCTGACCGACGACC
Rv2029cFwd136CACCATGACGGAGCCAGCGG
(pfkB)Rvs137TTATGGCGAGGCTTCCGG
Rv2030cFwd138GGGGACAAGTTTGTACAAAAAAGCAGGCTTACTGATGACCGCAGCGGCT
Rvs139GGGGACCACTTTGTACAAGAAAGCTGGGTCCTACAGACCGGTCGGG-
TAGGTTT
Rv2031cFwd140GGGGACAAGTTTGTACAAAAAAGCAGGCTTAGCCACCACCCTTCCCGT
(hspX)Rvs141GGGGACCACTTTGTACAAGAAAGCTGGGTCCTAGTTGGTGGACCGGATCT-
GAAT
Rv2032Fwd142CACCATGCCGGACACCATGGTG
Rvs143TTAGTGATCCTTAGCCCGAACGTG
Rv2428Fwd144GGGGACAAGTTTGTACAAAAAAGCAGGCTTAATGCCACTGCTAACCATTGGC
(ahpC)Rvs145GGGGACCACTTTGTACAAGAAAGCTGGGTCCTAGGCCGAAGCCTTGAGGAGT
Rv2624cFwd146CACCATGTCTGGGAGAGGAGAGCCG
Rvs147TTAGCGAACGACAAGCACCGA
Rv2625cFwd148GGGGACAAGTTTGTACAAAAAAGCAGGCTTACGTGATGCGATCCCGCT
Rvs149GGGGACCACTTTGTACAAGAAAGCTGGGTCCTACCCCGCATCGGAAAACC
Rv2627cFwd150GGGGACAAGTTTGTACAAAAAAGCAGGCTTAATGGCAAGTTCTGCGAGCGA
Rvs151GGGGACCACTTTGTACAAGAAAGCTGGGTCCTAGGAACGGTCGCGCTGTGT
Rv2628Fwd152CACCATGTCCACGCAACGACCG
Rvs153TTAACCGCAACGGCAATCTCA
Rv2629Fwd154,CACCATGCGATCAGAACGTCTCCG
Rvs155,TTAGGATCTATGGCTGCCGAGTC
Rv2630Fwd156,CACCATGCTGCACCGCGACGA
Rvs157,TTACACATCGAGCGTTACCGCAC
Rv2659cFwd158,GGGGACAAGTTTGTACAAAAAAGCAGGCTTAGTGACGCAAACCGGCAA
Rvs159,GGGGACCACTTTGTACAAGAAAGCTGGGTCCTACATCTCCTGGTTCTCGGCC
Rv2780Fwd160,GGGGACAAGTTTGTACAAAAAAGCAGGCTTACGCGTCGGTATTCCGACC
Rvs161,GGGGACCACTTTGTACAAGAAAGCTGGGTCCTACACGCTGGCGGGCTC
Rv3126cFwd162,CACCATGGTCATCCGGTTTGATCAAATA
Rvs163,TTATGGATTGTCAATGACAGCCCA
Rv3127Fwd164,CACCGTGCTCAAGAACGCAGTCTTGC
Rvs165,TTAAGGCGGGCTGAACCAACC
Rv3128cFwd166,CACCGTGTGGTCCGCCTCGG
Rvs167,TTAGCCCGCCTTGATCAGGA
Rv3129Fwd168,CACCGTGGTGCAAGGCCGCA
Rvs169,TTATCGCTGGTTGTGTGACGAG
Rv3130cFwd170,CACCATGAATCACCTAACGACACTTGACG
Rvs171,TTACACAACCAGCGATAGCGCTC
Rv3131Fwd172,CACCATGAACACCCATTTCCCGG
Rvs173,TTAGCACCGTTGTCGCAGTAGCT
Rv3132cFwd174,CACCATGACAACAGGGGGCCTCG
Rvs175,TTACTGCGACAACGGTGCTGAC
Rv3134cFwd176,CACCATGAGCGATCCTCGGCCA
Rvs177,TTACAAGTTGGCACTGCGTACCG
Rv3841Fwd178,CCGGCTGAGATCTATGACAGAATACGAAGGGC
(bfrB)Rvs179,CCCCGCCAGGGAACTAGAGGCGGC
Rv3842cFwd180,CACCATGACATGGGCCGACGAG
(glpQ1)Rvs181,TTAGCGAGTGGTCCCGTTCG
Rv3908Fwd182,CACCGTGTCCGACGGCGAACAA
Rvs183,TTACGGCCCCGGCCC

[0163] PCR reactions were carried out using Platinum Tag DNA Polymerase (GIBCO BRL) in a 50 μl reaction volume containing 60 mM Tris-SO4 (pH 8.9), 18 mM Ammonium Sulfate, 0.2 mM of each of the four nucleotides, 0.2 μM of each primer and 10 ng of M. tuberculosis H37Rv chromosomal DNA. The reaction mixtures were initially heated to 95° C. for 5 min., followed by 35 cycles of: 95° C. for 45 sec, 60° C. for 45 sec and 72° C. for 2 min. The amplification products were precipitated by PEG/MgCl2, and dissolved in 50 μL TE buffer.

[0164] DNA fragments were cloned and expressed in Gateway Cloning system (Life Technology). First, to create Entry Clones, 5 μL of DNA fragment was mixed with 1 μL of pDONR201, 2 μL of BP CLONASE enzyme mix and 2 μL of BP reaction buffer. The recombination reactions were carried out at 25° C. for 60 min. After Proteinase K treatment at 37° C. for 10 min., 5 μL of each sample was used to transform E. coli DH5α competent cells. Transformants were selected on LB plates containing 50 μg/mL kanamycin. One bacterial clone from each transformation was grown in 3 mL LB medium containing 50 μg/mL kanamycin and plasmid DNA was isolated (Qiagen).

[0165] Second, to create expression clones, 2 μL of each entry clone DNA was mixed with 1 μL of His-tagged expression vector (pDest17), 2 μL LR reaction buffer, 2 μL LR CLONASE enzyme mix and 3 μL TE. After recombination at 25° C. for 60 min. and Proteinase K treatment at 37° C. for 10 min., 5 μL of each sample was used to transform E. coli BL21-SI competent cells. Transformants were selected on LBON (LB without NaCl) plates containing 100 μg/mL ampicillin. The resulting E. coli clones express recombinant proteins carrying a 6-histine tag at the N-terminal. All clones were confirmed by DNA sequencing.

[0166] Recombinant proteins were purified from transformed E. coli BL21-SI cells cultured in 900 mL LBON medium containing 100 μg/mL at 30° C. until OD600 =0.4-0.6. At this point 100 mL 3 M NaCl was added and 3 hours later bacteria were harvested by centrifugation. Bacteria pellets were resuspended in 20 mL bacterial protein extraction reagent (Pierce) incubated for 10 min. at room temperature and pelleted by centrifugation. Bacteria were lysed and their DNA digested by treating with lysozyme (0.1 mg/mL) and DNase I (2.5 μg/mL) at room temperature for 30 minutes, with gentle agitation. The recombinant protein forms inclusion bodies and can be pelleted by centrifugation at 27.000×g for 15 min. Protein pellets were solubilized by adding 20 ml of sonication buffer (8 M urea, 50 mM Na2HPO4, 100 mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.0) and sonicating 5×30 sec pulses interrupted by a 30 sec pause. After another centrifugation at 27.000×g for 15 min., supernatants were applied to 10 mL TALON columns (Clontech). The columns were washed with 50 mL sonication buffer. Bound proteins were eluted by lowering pH (8 M urea, 50 mM Na2HPO4, 100 mM Tris-HCl, pH 4.5). 5 mL fractions were collected and analyzed by SDS-PAGE. Fractions containing recombinant combinant protein were pooled. Further purification was achieved by anion- or cation-exchange chromatography on Hitrap columns (Pharmacia). Bound protein was eluted using a NaCl gradient from 0-500 mM in 3 M urea, 10 mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.0. All fractions were collected and analyzed on SDS-PAGE using Coomassie staining. Fractions containing recombinant protein were pooled. Final protein concentrations were determined by micro BCA (Pierce).

Example 2

[0167] Prophylactic Versus Therapeutic Vaccine.

[0168] Murine Vaccination Models.

[0169] A prophylactic vaccine given prior to infection should induce an immune response sufficiently strong to prevent or dampen the initial proliferation of the bacteria in the acute phase and thereby reduce the ensuing disease. In the murine prophylactic vaccine model outlined in FIG. 1A, naïve mice are immunized 3 times, 2 weeks apart with recombinant antigens. Six weeks after the last immunization, the mice are given an aerosol infection with approximately 250 M. tuberculosis bacilli. The protective capacity of the vaccine is evaluated by enumeration of the bacteria in spleen and lung 6 weeks post-infection.

[0170] To define the optimal components for a therapeutic vaccine, a murine reactivation model of latent TB has been established (van Pinxteren, 2000) (FIG. 1B). An aerosol infection with approximately 250 M. tuberculosis bacilli is given and at the peak of infection 6 weeks later, the mice receive an 8-week course of anti-mycobacterial drug treatment of isoniazid and rifabutin given in the drinking water. This reduces the bacterial load in spleen and lung to a low level (about 500 bacteria per organ). This latent phase of low chronic infection is stable for 9-10 weeks after which a slow spontaneous reactivation occurs. The therapeutic vaccine is given as 3 subcutaneous (s.c.) immunizations about 5 weeks after cessation of drug treatment. The effect of the therapeutic vaccine is evaluated as protection against reactivation determined by enumeration of bacteria in spleen and lung 7 weeks after the last immunization.

[0171] The Effect of the Antigens in a Prophylactic or a Therapeutic Vaccine.

[0172] BCG, ESAT6, and Rv2031c, one of the most prominent proteins induced under low oxygen conditions (Rosenkrands, 2002), were analyzed for their prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine potential. Naïve or latently infected C57BI mice were immunized with one s.c. injection of 2.5×105 BCG, or 3 s.c. immunizations of 10 μg of either recombinant ESAT6 or recombinant Rv2031c in a DDA/MPL adjuvant. The vaccinations were done in groups of 5 mice and protective capacity of the vaccines was evaluated as described above. FIG. 2 shows the bacterial load in the lung in the acute phase (A) and in the reactivation phase (B), after prophylactic and therapeutic vaccination respectively. ESAT6 (as previously described by Brandt, 2000) offers protection against acute phase infection at the level of BCG (FIG. 2A). However, neither of the two shows any protective effect against reactivation of the infection when given during latent infection (FIG. 2B). In contrast, Rv2031c, the low oxygen induced antigen, offers no protection against the acute phase of the infection when given as a prophylactic vaccine, but gives some protection against reactivation when given as a therapeutic vaccine. That is, some antigens, here exemplified by ESAT6, though potent as prophylactic vaccines have no effect as therapeutic vaccines. In contrast, other antigens, here exemplified by Rv2031c, can be efficient therapeutic vaccines although they have no effect or only negligible effect as prophylactic vaccines.

Example 3

[0173] Low Oxygen Induced Antigens, Rv2031c, as Therapeutic Vaccines:

[0174] There is a high variability in bacterial load intrinsic to the reactivation model in the latent and reactivation phase. The analysis of Rv2031c as a therapeutic vaccine was therefore repeated in groups of eight mice. As in the previous experiments the mice were given 3 s.c. immunizations of 10 μg rRv2031c in DDA/MPL. The induced immune responses were analyzed one week post immunization. The mice were partially bled and the PBMC from the blood purified and analyzed for Rv2031c- and ESAT6 specific recall responses. Using ELIspot technique, the frequency of Rv2031c-specific and ESAT6-specific IFN-γ-producing cells were determined in both the rRv2031c immunized and the unimmunized group (FIG. 3). The rRv2031c immunization has increased the frequency of Rv2031c-specific IFN-γ producing cells by a factor of 43 as compared to the unimmunized group. In contrast, the frequency of ESAT6-specific IFN-γ producing cells is significantly higher in the unimmunized group. ESAT6 is an antigen produced in high amounts by the actively-growing M. tuberculosis bacteria. The level of the ESAT6 specific immune response in infected mice could therefore be indicative the degree of actively-growing infection in the animals. Recent reports have in fact demonstrated such a correlation between the level of ESAT6 response and degree of disease in both M. tuberculosis-infected humans and M. bovis-infected cattle (Doherty, 2002, Vordermeier, 2002). Therefore, the higher ESAT6 response in the unimmunized group of latently-infected mice could be indicative of a transition into the reactivation phase, where the bacteria are again beginning to multiply.

[0175] To analyze the epitope recognition pattern of Rv2031c, fourteen overlapping peptides (each 20 amino acids long) covering the whole Rv2031c protein were synthesized. Initially the peptides were analyzed in 4 pools of 3-4 peptides. PBMCs from rRv2031c immunized latently-infected mice were incubated with the peptide pools (5 μg/ml per peptide) for 72 h. The specific peptide-induced IFN-γ production was quantitated in the supernatant in a standard sandwich ELISA using paired anti-murine IFN-γ antibodies (PharMingen) and recombinant IFN-γ (PharMingen) as standard. Both peptide pool 1-4 and 8-10 stimulated a significant IFN-γ response (FIG. 4A). The individual peptides of these two pools were re-analyzed (FIG. 4B). This clearly shows that the response to Rv2031c contains a dominant epitope, peptide 2 (PRSLFPEFSELFMFPSFAG, aa 11-30 of SEQ ID NO:24), and a subdominant epitope, peptide 9 (RTEQKDFDGRSEFAYGSFVR, aa 81-100 of SEQ ID NO:24).

[0176] The therapeutic effect of the rRv2031c immunizations was analyzed 7 weeks after the last immunization. FIG. 5 shows the bacterial load in the lung (A) and the spleen (B) of both rRv2031c-immunized and unimmunized mice. There is a clear reduction in the level of bacteria in both organs in the rRv2031c-immunized group. That is, the induction of Rv2031c T cell responses can participate in keeping the latent infection in check.

Example 4

[0177] Low Oxygen Induced Antigens, Rv0569, as Therapeutic Vaccines

[0178] Rv0569 is also a low oxygen induced antigen described in WO0179274 and illustrates very well the potential as a therapeutic vaccine.

[0179] We have established a murine reactivation model of latent TB [van Pinxteren et al, 2000, 30:3689-98], which is a variant of the so-called Cornell model. An aerosol infection is allowed to be established and at the peak of infection 6 weeks after, the mice receive an 8-week course of anti-mycobacterial drug treatment of isoniazid and rifabutin given in the drinking water. This reduces the bacterial load in spleen and lung to a low level. This latent phase of low chronic infection is stable for 9-10 weeks after which a slow spontaneous reactivation can be detected. This model is used to analyze the protective effect of a post exposure vaccine on reactivation.

[0180] Rv0569, which is highly up regulated under low oxygen growth conditions [Rosenkrands et al, 2002, 184(13): 3485-91], was analyzed for its ability to protect against reactivation given as a therapeutic vaccine in the latent phase of TB infection. Latent infected C57BI mice were vaccinated with 3 s.c. injections of 3 μg recombinant Rv0569 and for comparison with 3 s.c. injections of 3 μg recombinant ESAT6 or one s.c. injection of BCG. The effect of the vaccine is evaluated 7 weeks after the last immunization. The induced immune responses were analyzed for Rv0569 or ESAT6 specific responses in an in vitro recall assay. Isolated splenocytes were incubated with 1 μg/ml of Rv0569 or 1 μg/ml of ESAT6 for 72 h. The produced IFNγ in the culture supernatant was quantitated in a standard sandwich ELISA. FIG. 6 shows a nice Rv0569 specific IFNγ response induced in the Rv0569 vaccinated group with practically no response in the un-vaccinated group. The ESAT6 vaccination enhanced the ESAT6 specific response though a significant ESAT6 response persisted in the un-vaccinated latent infected group.

[0181] The Rv0569 induced protection against reactivation was determined by enumeration of bacteria in spleen and lung 7 weeks after the last immunization. FIG. 7 shows the bacterial load in the lung and the spleen of both Rv0569-vaccinated, ESAT6-vaccinated, BCG vaccinated and un-vaccinated latently infected mice. There is a clear reduction in the level of viable bacteria in both spleen and lungs of the Rv0569 vaccinated mice, whereas neither ESAT6 nor BCG are able to inhibit the growth of the M. tuberculosis bacteria when given as a vaccine during latent infection. That is, the induction of Rv0569 T cell responses can participate in keeping the latent infection in check.

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[0219] All documents cited above are incorporated by reference herein. A variety of modifications and variations on the processes, conditions, reagents and compositions described herein will be readily apparent to one of skill in the art given the teachings of the present invention. Such modifications and variations are within the scope of the invention as set forth in the following claims.