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New vaccination strategies that induce the cellular arm of the immune response are needed for the development of effective prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines against a number of intracellular pathogens. DNA vaccines, recombinant viral vectors and recombinant proteins are all effective antigen delivery systems for inducing cellular immunity; however, when used alone, the levels of specific responses they induce are low. Prime-boost immunization strategies involve using two different vaccines, each encoding the same antigen, some weeks apart. Such strategies have been shown to enhance cellular immunity in several different animal and disease models.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Current opinion in molecular therapeutics

Publication Date

02/2002

Volume

4

Pages

23 - 27

Addresses

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, UK. helen.mcshane@ndm.ox.ac.uk

Keywords

Animals, Humans, Tuberculosis, Pulmonary, Communicable Diseases, HIV Infections, Malaria, BCG Vaccine, Malaria Vaccines, AIDS Vaccines, Antigens, Immunization, Immunization, Secondary, Communicable Disease Control, Immunity, Cellular