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Immunization with native surface protein NcSRS2 induces a Th2 immune response and reduces congenital Neospora caninum transmission in mice

Haldorson, G. J., Mathison, B. A., Wenberg, K., Conrad, P. A., Dubey, J. P., Trees, Alexander J., Yamane, I. and Baszler, T. V. (2005) 'Immunization with native surface protein NcSRS2 induces a Th2 immune response and reduces congenital Neospora caninum transmission in mice'. International Journal for Parasitology, Vol 35, Issue 13, pp. 1407-1415.

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NcSRS2, a tachyzoite surface protein of Neospora caninum, is an immunodominant protein with respect to induction of antibody production and has a role in attachment and invasion of host cells. Native NcSRS2 was isolated from whole tachyzoite lysate antigen by affinity chromatography using NcSRS2 specific monoclonal antibody and used to immunize BALB/c mice in a congenital transmission study. NcSRS2 was a highly conserved protein as indicated by comparison of deduced amino acid sequence obtained from NcSRS2 gene sequences of 10 geographically distinct N. caninum isolates. Mice immunized with purified native NcSRS2 produced antigen-specific antibody, primarily of IgG 1 subtype. Following challenge during gestation with 10(7) tachyzoites, immunized mice had a statistically significant decreased frequency of congenital transmission compared to non-immunized mice (P <= 0.05) or mice inoculated with adjuvant alone (P <= 0.01). Decreased congenital transmission among immunized mice correlated with a predominately Th2 immune response compared to non-immunized mice as indicated by an increased ratio of interleukin 4 (IL-4) to interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) secretion from antigen-stimulated splenocytes. The results provide a rationale for NcSRS2 as a candidate subunit vaccine antigen for reduction of N. caninum congenital transmission. Furthermore, the studies suggest that a Th2 immune response, if directed against an appropriate antigen, may induce protection against N. caninum congenital infection in mice. (c) 2005 Australian Society for Parasitology Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: neospora caninum mouse immunity congenital transmission srs2 recombinant vaccinia virus balb/c mice vertical transmission protective immunity toxoplasma-gondii interferon-gamma definitive hosts infection vaccination prevention
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Protozoa > QX 50 Protozoa
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Depositing User: Ms Julia Martin
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2011 11:51
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2021 14:00


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