The Effect of Different Adjuvants on Immune Parameters and Protection following Vaccination of Sheep with a Larval-Specific Antigen of the Gastrointestinal Nematode, Haemonchus contortus
David Piedrafita, Sarah Preston, Joanna Kemp, Michael de Veer, Jayne Sherrard, Troy Kraska, Martin Elhay, Els Meeusen
PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2013
It has recently been recognised that vaccine adjuvants play a critical role in directing the nature of a vaccine induced effector response. In the present study, several adjuvants were evaluated for their ability to protect sheep after field vaccination with the larval-specific Haemonchus contortus antigen, HcsL3. Using a suboptimal antigen dose, aluminium adjuvant was shown to reduce the cumulative faecal egg counts (cFEC) and worm burden by 23% and 25% respectively, in agreement with a previous study. The addition of Quil A to the aluminium-adjuvanted vaccine brought cFEC back to control levels. Vaccination with the adjuvant DEAE-dextran almost doubled the protection compared to the alumin..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
Australian Research Council Linkage grant LP0668945 and the ARC-Centre of Excellence in Structural and Functional Microbial Genomics. The funders have no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.