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Vaccine. 1998 Aug;16(13):1283-9.

Immunization with E. coli produced recombinant T. gondii SAG1 with alum as adjuvant protect mice against lethal infection with Toxoplasma gondii.

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Laboratory of Parasitology, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Polyclonal rabbit antibodies against recombinant Toxoplasma gondii SAG1 antigen expressed in E.coli recognize T. gondii and the antibodies significantly reduced T.gondii adherence and/or invasion into the host cell as did a monoclonal antibody against a conformational epitope of the SAG1 antigen. Groups of outbread NMRI mice were immunized with recombinant T. gondii SAG1 antigen in alum. The antibody response to immunizations was dominated by a Th2 response with production of T.gondii specific IgG1 antibodies. Challenge with tachyzoites from the virulent RH-strain produced a Th1 response dominated by the production of specific IgG2a antibodies and moderately boosted the IgG1 response, and challenge with bradyzoites from the avirulent SSI119-strain showed the same pattern. Immunization with rSAG1 resulted in a significant increased survival after challenge with tachyzoites of the RH-strain. Immunization with E.coli expressed recombinant SAG1 in alum induce partial protective immunity against lethal infection with T. gondii in mice.

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