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Toxoplasma gondii: immunogenicity and protection by P30 peptides in a murine model.

Abstract

Vaccines are promising for the control of toxoplasmosis. Here, we evaluated the immunogenicity of 17 peptides derived from SAG1 surface protein of Toxoplasma gondii in CH3 mice. Only 8 of 16 peptides induced specific antibodies. After a lethal challenge, only the vaccination with 4 of 17 peptides that were from the carboxy terminal end of the protein conferred significant survival. Our work shows that vaccination with peptides from the carboxy-terminal positions of SAG1 major surface protein of Toxoplasma protects mice against a lethal challenge.

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