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Free Content Vaccination of mice with recombinant bacille Calmette-Guérin harboring Rv1357c protects similarly to native BCG [Short communication]

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Despite the availability of a Mycobacterium bovis bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG) vaccine, tuberculosis (TB) remains a global public health problem. In this study, we introduced the c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase gene Rv1357c, implicated in regulating mycobacterial replication within macrophages, into BCG Pasteur, and tested the resulting strain for its capacity to serve as a vaccine against TB in a murine model. Modified BCG was more phagocytosed than its parental strain, but halted bacterial replication, and protected against M. tuberculosis challenge similarly to unmodified BCG.

Keywords: c-di-GMP; tuberculosis; vaccine

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Biotecnología Médica y Farmacéutica, Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Tecnología y Diseño del Estado de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 2: Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico 3: Instituto Nacional de la Nutrición y Ciencias Médicas Salvador Zubirán, Mexico City, Mexico

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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