Caister Academic Press

Current Strategies for Antibacterial Vaccine Development

Robert G.K. Donald and Annaliesa S. Anderson
from: Emerging Trends in Antibacterial Discovery: Answering the Call to Arms (Edited by: Alita A. Miller and Paul F. Miller). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2011)


Prophylactic anti-bacterial vaccines have been responsible for a drastic reduction in global bacterial diseases. Older vaccines made from attenuated whole cells or lysates have been largely replaced by less reactogenic acellular vaccines made with purified components, including capsular polysaccharides and their conjugates to protein carriers, inactivated toxins (toxoids) and proteins. Examples of vaccines in each category are reviewed to illustrate underlying strategies and associated technological advances such as polysaccharide conjugation and recombinant protein expression. In addition, progress and the current status in the development of new vaccines to prevent diseases caused by N. meningitidis serogroup B, S. aureus and C. difficle is summarized. Future progress will likely bring to the clinic passive immunotherapies based on monoclonal antibodies and new adjuvants, especially for use in vaccines against intracellular pathogens read more ...
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