Development of a synthetic peptide vaccine

Grant number: 454475 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009



Chronic periodontitis is a bacterial-associated inflammatory disease of the supporting tissues of the teeth, which results in the destruction of tooth support and ultimately leads to tooth loss. The disease is a major public health problem with a large economic burden. The bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis has been identified as a major pathogen in the development of chronic periodontitis. We have identified and characterised a major virulence factor of P. gingivalis; a complex of proteins which is involved in binding and destruction of host tissue. We have shown that this protein complex when used as a vaccine protects against P. gingivalis induced disease in animal periodontitis models. W..

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