Program in Molecular Medicine; Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Bacteriology | Immunity | Immunology of Infectious Disease | Immunoprophylaxis and Therapy | Pathogenic Microbiology | Preventive Medicine | Therapeutics
Vaccines are considered the bedrock of preventive medicine. However, for many pathogens, it has been challenging to develop vaccines that stimulate protective, long-lasting immunity. We have developed a novel approach using beta-1,3-D-glucans (BGs), natural polysaccharides abundantly present in fungal cell walls, as a biomaterial platform for vaccine delivery. BGs simultaneously provide for receptor-targeted antigen delivery to specialized antigen-presenting cells together with adjuvant properties to stimulate antigen-specific and trained non-specific immune responses. This review focuses on various approaches of using BG particles (GPs) to develop bacterial and fungal vaccine candidates. A special case history for the development of an effective GP tularaemia vaccine candidate is highlighted.
beta-glucans, fungal, tularemia, vaccine
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Clin Exp Immunol. 2019 Nov;198(2):143-152. doi: 10.1111/cei.13356. Epub 2019 Sep 12. Link to article on publisher's site
Clinical and experimental immunology
Abraham A, Ostroff GR, Levitz SM, Oyston PC. (2019). A novel vaccine platform using glucan particles for induction of protective responses against Francisella tularensis and other pathogens. Open Access Publications by UMass Chan Authors. https://doi.org/10.1111/cei.13356. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/4054
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