Journal article

Identification and cDNA cloning of two novel low molecular weight host-protective antigens from Taenia ovis oncospheres

GBL Harrison, DD Heath, RP Dempster, C Gauci, SE Newton, WG Cameron, CM Robinson, SB Lawrence, MW Lightowlers, MD Rickard

International Journal for Parasitology | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1996

Abstract

Oncosphere antigens of Taenia ovis were solubilised in sodium dodecyl sulphate and separated by electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gels (SDS-PAGE). Antigen-containing gel fractions cut from the region covering 18-12 kDa were shown to be highly immunogenic in sheep challenge experiments. Specific antisera against 2 candidate antigens at 18 and 16 kDa were used to screen a cDNA library prepared from T. ovis oncosphere mRNA. Recombinant proteins selected with antibody to the 16 and 18 kDa native antigens were expressed as GST fusion proteins. Vaccination trials using either of the 2 fusion proteins To16.17-GST and To18-GST, revealed that each was capable of inducing high levels of immunity in sh..

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