This invention relates to compositions and methods for providing
protection against, or reducing the severity of, toxic shock syndrome,
septic shock, food poisoning, and autoimmune diseases which are
associated with toxin producing bacteria. This invention also relates to
methods of using peptides, derivatives, mimetics, and antibodies for the
prevention and treatment of toxic shock syndrome, septic shock, food
poisoning, and autoimmune diseases, and other related diseases,
conditions, and syndromes.