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Vaccine. 1999 Feb 5;17(5):459-65.

Vaccination of mice with DNA plasmids coding for the Chlamydia trachomatis major outer membrane protein elicits an immune response but fails to protect against a genital challenge.

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Department of Pathology, Medical Sciences I, University of California, Irvine 92697-4800, USA.


A DNA plasmid encoding the gene of the major outer membrane protein (MOMP) of the Chlamydia trachomatis mouse pneumonitis (MoPn) serovar and three plasmids containing the variable domains (VD) of the MOMP were constructed. Female mice were inoculated with the plasmids and 60 days later were challenged in the genital tract with C. trachomatis. Six weeks after challenge female mice were caged with male mice and the course of the mating followed. Mice immunized with the MOMP plasmids mounted weak humoral and cell mediated immune responses. However, following the genital challenge no significant differences in vaginal shedding were observed between the groups immunized with the MOMP and control plasmids. In addition, the fertility rates were similar in the experimental and negative control groups. In conclusion, vaccination with DNA plasmids encoding the MOMP elicited a modest immune response but did not protect against infection or disease.

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