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  1. Lang S, Wang L, Wang Z, Zhu R, Yan J, Wang B, Wu J, Zhang H, Wu H, Zhou Y, Kong W, Yu B, Yu X. Localization of neutralization epitopes on adenovirus fiber knob from species C. J Gen Virol. 2016 Apr;97(4):955-62. doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.000410. Epub 2016 Jan 22.
  2. Yu B, Dong J, Wang C, Wang Z, Gao L, Zhang H, Wu J, Kong W, Yu X. Trimeric knob protein specifically distinguishes neutralizing antibodies to different human adenovirus species: potential application for adenovirus seroepidemiology. J Gen Virol. 2014 Jul;95(Pt 7):1564-73. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.064832-0. Epub 2014 Apr 24.
  3. Brenneman, K. C. Willingham, W. Kong, R. Curtiss 3rd, and K. Roland.. Low pH Rescue of Acid-Sensitive Salmonella Typhi Strains by a Rhamnose-Regulated Arginine Decarboxylase System.. J. Bacteriol. (2013)
  4. Kong, W, J. E. Clark - Curtiss, and R. Curtiss 3rd.. Utilizing Salmonella for antigen delivery: the aims and benefits of bacterial delivered vaccination.. Expert Review of Vaccines. (2013) 


  1. Kong, W, M. Brovold, B. A. Koeneman, J. E. Clark - Curtiss, and R. Curtiss III.. Turning self - destructing Salmonella into a universal DNA vaccine delivery platform.. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 109 (47): 19414 - 19419 (2012) Refereed Articles.


  1. G. Zhao, W. Kong (Co-first author), Weatherspoon-Griffin, N., J. E. Clark-Curtiss and Y. Shi. Premature transcription termination requires Mg2+-enhanced MgtL translation within Mg2+ riboswitch. EMBO Journal (2011) Refereed Articles.
  2. Shamaila Ashraf; Wei Kong; Shifeng Wang; Jiseon Yang; Roy Curtiss III. Protective cellular responses elicited by vaccination with influenza nucleoprotein delivered by a live recombinant attenuated Salmonella vaccine. Vaccine (2011) Refereed Articles.
  3. Weatherspoon-Griffin, N., G. Zhao, W. Kong, Y. Kong, M. Morigen, H. Andrews-Polymenis, M. McClelland, and Y. Shi. The CpxR/CpxA two-component system upregulates two Tat-dependent peptidoglycan amidases to confer bacterial resistance to antimicrobial peptide. Journal of Biological Chemistry (2011) Refereed Articles.
  4. Xiangmin Zhang; Soo-Young Wanda; Karen Brenneman; Wei Kong; Xin Zhang; Kenneth Roland; Roy Curtiss III. Improving Salmonella vector with rec mutation to stabilize the DNA cargoes. BMC Microbiology (2011) Refereed Articles.


  1. Wang S.F., Y.H. Li, G. Scarpellini, W. Kong, H.Y. Shi, C.H. Baek, B. Gunn, S.Y. Wanda, K.L. Roland, X. Zhang, P. Senechal-Willis and R. Curtiss III. Salmonella vaccine vectors displaying delayed antigen synthesis in vivo to enhance immunogenicity. Infect. Immun. 78: 3969 - 3980. (2010)
  2. Ameiss, K., S. Ashraf, W. Kong, A. Pekosz, W.H. Wu, J.N. Billaud, and R. Curtiss III. Delivery of woodchuck hepatitis virus - like particle presented influenza M2e by recombinant attenuated Salmonella displaying a delayed lysis phenotype. Vaccine. 28: 6704 - 6713. (2010) Curtiss, R. III, W. Xin, Y. Li, W. Kong, S. Y. Wanda, B. M. Gunn, and S. Wang. New technologies in using recombinant attenuated Salmonella vaccine vectors. Crit. Rev. Immunol. 30: 255 - 270. (2010)


  1. Curtiss, R. III, S.Y. Wanda, B. Gunn, X. Zhang, S.A. Tinge, V. Ananthnarayan, H. Mo, S. F. Wang, and W. Kong. Salmonella vaccine strains with regulated delayed attenuation in vivo. Infect. Immun. 77: 1071 - 1082. (2009)
  2. Zhang, X., W. Kong, S. Ashraf, and R. Curtiss III. A “one-plasmid” system to generate influenza virus in cultured chicken cells for potential use in influenza vaccine. J. Virol. 83: 9296 - 9303. (2009)


  1. Zhao G., N. Weatherspoon, W. Kong, R. Curtiss III, and Y. Shi. A Dual- Signal Regulatory Circuit Activates Transcription of A Set of Divergent Operons in Salmonella typhimurium. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 105 (52): 20924 - 20929 (Selected as Faculty of 1000 Biology). (2008)
  2. Song H.W., W. Kong (Co-first author), N. Weatherspoon, G. Z. Qin, W. Tyler, J. Turk, R. Curtiss III, and Y. Shi. Modulation of the regulatory activity of bacterial two-component systems by SlyA. J. Biol. Chem., 283 (42): 28158 - 28168. (2008)
  3. Kong, W., S.Y. Wanda, X. Zhang, W. Bollen, S.A. Tinge, K.L. Roland, and R. Curtiss III. Regulated programmed lysis of recombinantSalmonella in host tissues to release protective antigens and confer biological containment. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 105 (27): 9361 - 9366 (Highlighted in “In This Issue” of PNAS). (2008)
  4. Kong, W., N. Weatherspoon, and Y. Shi. Molecular mechanism for establishment of signal - dependent regulation in the PhoP/PhoQ system. J. Biol. Chem., 283 (24): 16612 - 16621. (2008)