The components of Ag85 (Ag85A, Ag85B, and Ag85C) are putative protective antigen candidates against mycobacterial infection. A recombinant Mycobacterium bovis Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (rBCG) over-producing Ag85A, Ag85B, and MPB51 (rBCG/BA51) was constructed. rBCG/BA51 could secrete these antigens at levels more than five times higher than parental BCG. Immunization of C57BL/6 and BALB/c mice with this rBCG reduced the multiplication of Mycobacterium leprae in the foot pads of both strains of mice. The inhibition by rBCG/BA51 was more evident than that by parental BCG.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases