Peptide vaccines in immunocontraception

Valerie A Ferro, Emilio Mordini

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Vaccines have been used successfully to treat and eradicate infectious diseases; this has encouraged a major drive towards development of contraceptive vaccines (immunocontraception) as an additional method against rising human and animal populations. Despite three decades worth of research in this field, there are no licensed human contraceptive vaccines and less than ten for use in animals. The development of peptide antifertility vaccines has had a substantial impact on improving safety and specificity of immunogens, but has resulted in efficacy problems. Innovative strategies have been developed to overcome these problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Molecular Therapeutics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2004


  • animals
  • carrier proteins
  • contraception, immunologic


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