Peptides representing epitopes of the measles virus glycoproteins have been designed to induce neutralizing and protective antibodies. Those that escape recognition by passively acquired anti-whole virus antibodies could potentially be used as components of a 'pre-vaccine' that could be given during early childhood irrespective of persisting maternal antibodies. Unlike vaccines based on recombinant proteins, epitope-based vaccines can be designed to be compatible with a subsequent boost with the standard life attenuated vaccine. Although synthetic peptides may induce only short-term immunity they have the potential to close in young infants the gap of vulnerability until the standard live attenuated vaccine can be given at 9 or 15 months of age.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Mar 2001|
- Maternal antibodies
- Measles virus
- Synthetic peptides