Vaccination against Toxoplasmosis: current status and future prospects

Craig Roberts, Rima McLeod, Fiona Henriquez, James Alexander

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A vaccine capable of protecting against Toxoplasma gondii would have both beneficial medical and veterinary impacts. Successful vaccination of humans would not only reduce mortality and morbidity, but also reduce the financial burden of lifelong care required by those worst affected. A veterinary vaccine would have the dual advantages of increasing livestock productivity while reducing the public health risk associated with eating contaminated meat. Herein we review progress towards these goals using both large animal studies and the murine models of disease. Early approaches were largely empirical and used attenuated organisms, parasite extracts, or defined sub-units based upon the limited genomic data previously available. The recent elucidation of the T. gondii genome, understanding of T. gondii population structures, predicative algorithms for MHC binding peptides, facile manipulation of T. gondii taken together with a wealth of immunological knowledge should significantly promote new vaccine development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationToxoplasma Gondii
Subtitle of host publicationThe Model Apicomplexan - Perspectives and Methods
EditorsLouis M. Weiss, Kami Kim
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages51
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013


  • vaccination
  • toxoplasmosis
  • current status
  • future prospects
  • toxoplasma gondii
  • T. gondii genome

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