New approaches to improve a peptide vaccine against porcine Taenia solium cysticercosis

Edda Sciutto, Gladis Fragoso, Karen Manoutcharian, Goar Gevorkian, Gabriela Rosas-Salgado, Marisela Hernández-Gonzalez, Luis Herrera-Estrella, José Luis Cabrera-Ponce, Fernando López-Casillas, César González-Bonilla, Araceli Santiago-Machuca, Fernando Ruíz-Pérez, Joaquín Sánchez, Fernando Goldbaum, Aline Aluja, Carlos Larralde

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Cysticercosis caused by Taenia solium frequently affects human health and rustic porciculture. Cysticerci may localize in the central nervous system of humans causing neurocysticercosis, a major health problem in undeveloped countries. Prevalence and intensity of this disease in pigs and humans are related to social factors (poor personal hygiene, low sanitary conditions, rustic rearing of pigs, open fecalism) and possibly to biological factors such as immunity, genetic background, and gender. The indispensable role of pigs as an obligatory intermediate host in the life cycle offers the possibility of interfering with transmission through vaccination of pigs. An effective vaccine based on three synthetic peptides against pig cysticercosis has been successfully developed and proved effective in experimental and field conditions. The well-defined peptides that constitute the cysticercosis vaccine offer the possibility to explore alternative forms of antigen production and delivery systems that may improve the cost/benefit of this and other vaccines. Encouraging results were obtained in attempts to produce large amounts of these peptides and increased its immunogenicity by expression in recombinant filamentous phage (M13), in transgenic plants (carrots and papaya), and associated to bacterial immunogenic carrier proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-378
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Medical Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002


  • Antigen delivery
  • Cysticercosis
  • Synthetic vaccine
  • Taenia crassiceps
  • Taenia solium
  • Vaccination


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