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Clin Microbiol Rev. Oct 1997; 10(4): 637–649.
PMCID: PMC172938

Progress towards development of a vaccine for amebiasis.

Abstract

The application of molecular biologic techniques over the past decade has seen a tremendous growth in our knowledge of the biology of Entamoeba histolytica, the causative agent of amebic dysentery and amebic liver abscess. This approach has also led to the identification and structural characterization of three amebic antigens, the serine-rich Entamoeba histolytica protein (SREHP), the 170-kDa subunit of the Gal/GalNAc binding lectin, and the 29-kDa cysteine-rich protein, which all show promise as recombinant antigen-based vaccines to prevent amebiasis. In recent studies, an immunogenic dodecapeptide derived from the SREHP molecule has been genetically fused to the B subunit of cholera toxin, to create a recombinant protein capable of inducing both antiamebic and anti-cholera toxin antibodies when administered by the oral route. Continued progress in this area will bring us closer to the goal of a cost-effective oral combination "enteric pathogen" vaccine, capable of inducing protective mucosal immune responses to several clinically important enteric diseases, including amebiasis.

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