Journal article

DNA vaccines for bacterial infections

RA Strugnell, D Drew, J Mercieca, S DiNatale, N Firez, SJ Dunstan, CP Simmons, J Vadolas

IMMUNOLOGY AND CELL BIOLOGY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE | Published : 1997

Abstract

DNA vaccines are an exciting development in vaccine technology which may have a special role in preventing viral infections and as 'theracines' for cancer. Their use in preventing bacterial infections has, by comparison, been less well documented. While it is unlikely that traditional, highly successful and cheap vaccines for diseases such as diphtheria will be replaced by DNA vaccines, naked DNA may be particularly appropriate for preventing bacterial infections where cytotoxic T cells confer protection, or where a Th1 type T cell response mediates resistance. For example, DNA vaccines containing different mycobacterial antigens have been shown to inhibit overt infections by Mycobacterium t..

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