Recombinant vaccines against ovine footrot

Immunology and Cell Biology
T J O'MearaH W Raadsma


For the past 20 years footrot vaccines have evolved from simple bacterins to highly specific recombinant DNA (rDNA) fimbrial vaccines. The development of these vaccines has left a trail of discoveries, challenges and solutions; these processes continue as we move closer to understanding the requirements of a footrot vaccine. The initial whole cell vaccines were unsuccessful due to the short duration of immunity and incorporation of limited serotypes. A multistrain vaccine eliminated the problem of serotype inclusion, although the duration of immunity in many cases is still inadequate. The proteases of Dichelobacter nodosus appear to be cross protective; however, little is known of their ability to protect sheep against footrot. The major protective immunogen is the bacterial fimbriae, which also forms the basis for the K-agglutination serotyping system. K-agglutinin titre correlates directly with resistance to challenge. The protective fimbrial epitope is conformationally dependent, suggesting little advantage in the development of synthetic peptide vaccines. To enhance the efficiency of vaccine production D. nodosus fimbrial genes were eventually cloned and successfully expressed in Ps. aeruginosa. Monovalent vaccines based on...Continue Reading


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