Indexed on: 09 Aug '12Published on: 09 Aug '12Published in: Rheumatology International
We designed and recombined the polypeptide based on the M protein of group A streptococci (GAS)--the causative pathogen of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, which would be a divalent vaccine to prevent and defend the diseases in relation to the different GAS strains. A divalent vaccine comprising three different peptide epitopes of the antiphagocytic M protein of GAS--an aminoterminal specific sequences, respectively, from the M1 and M12 proteins and J14 peptide (ASREAKKQVEKALE) within the highly conserved C-terminal repeat region of the M1 and M12 proteins--was subcutaneously delivered to mice with the adjuvant. Furthermore, the antisera titers of mice inoculated with the divalent vaccine were assayed by ELISA, and then opsonization and percentage killing against two different GAS serotypes were completed. Our data demonstrated that antisera raised against the divalent vaccine containing amino acids and M-protein-conserved C repeat region are able to kill several GAS strains isolated from the Guangzhou population. Therefore, the divalent vaccine can be used to prevent those diseases caused by GAS in an endemic area. We successfully construct the M-protein-based divalent vaccine that can bring out a high-level antisera titer of mice vaccinated with it. So, the vaccine has the potential to be used to prevent diseases caused by GAS in our country.