Journal article

Vaccination with recombinant oncosphere antigens reduces the susceptibility of sheep to infection with Taenia multiceps

Charles Gauci, Gulay Vural, Taraneh Oencel, Antonio Varcasia, Veronica Damian, Craig T Kyngdon, Philip S Craig, Garry A Anderson, Marshall W Lightowlers

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR PARASITOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Taenia multiceps is a cestode parasite, the larval stage of which encysts in the brain of sheep, goats and cattle causing an often fatal condition. The parasite also causes zoonotic infections in humans. Homologues of the recombinant oncosphere vaccine antigens from Taenia ovis and other Taenia species were identified in T. multiceps. Sequencing of the associated T. multiceps genes and cloning of the encoding mRNA has revealed conserved features in the genes and proteins. The T. multiceps oncosphere proteins, designated Tm16 and Tm18, contain a predicted secretory signal and fibronectin type III domain. The recombinant Tm16 and Tm18 proteins were successfully expressed in Escherichia coli as..

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