Special Issue "Conjugate vaccines from carbohydrate antigens"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018
Dr. Paul Kovac
Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective way to control infectious diseases. In addition to protein antigens, cell surface carbohydrates are widely used as antigenic components of vaccines. Since the preparation and clinical use of the first carbohydrate–protein conjugate vaccine in the 1980s, the advantages of this class of vaccines, such as longer shelf life and protective immunity, fewer undesirable side-effects, and better protection in children, have been largely recognized. Glycoconjugate vaccines are composed of carbohydrate antigens, covalently linked to a carrier moiety, usually a non-toxic protein. The carbohydrate moiety is normally an oligosaccharide or polysaccharide of bacterial origins. However, several glycoconjugate vaccines from synthetic oligosaccharides are in development. While immunogenic proteins, such as tetanus toxoid are generally used as carriers of antigens, recent advances in the field showed the potential of immunogenic peptides for the same purpose.
This Special Issue is dedicated to the design, synthesis, and antigenicity/immunogenicity studies of glycoconjugate vaccines. In addition, we welcome contributions on conjugation methodology, synthesis of conjugation-ready oligosaccharides related to protective antigens, and purification and characterization of bacterial polysaccharides.Dr. Paul Kovac
Dr. Peng Xu
Dr. Helene Pfister
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- conjugation methodology
- carbohydrate antigens
- bacterial carbohydrates