Special Issue "Peptide Vaccine"


A special issue of Vaccines (ISSN 2076-393X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Istvan Toth
School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia
Website: http://staff.scmb.uq.edu.au/staff/toth
E-Mail: i.toth@uq.edu.au
Interests: medicinal chemistry; drug delivery with particular interest in peptide; gene and vaccine delivery; vaccine adjuvants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Infectious diseases cause 15–17 million deaths worldwide per year, contribute to one third of premature death, and are responsible for almost 40% of human disability. Vaccination is a successful and cost effective intervention, which led to the eradication of smallpox in 1979 (confirmed by the World Health Organization), and control of polio, diphtheria, measles, and rubella, amongst other infectious diseases. The majority of current vaccines are microbe-based, either using an attenuated whole-microbe, or part thereof. Unfortunately, this approach carries the risk of stimulating an autoimmune response, the possible reversion to virulence, and is hampered by a limited shelf life. Synthetic subunit peptide antigen based vaccines offer a solution to these problems. Subunit peptide vaccines can be designed to contain the minimal microbial component necessary to stimulate an appropriate immune response. This has the advantage of removing unnecessary components, thus decreasing the risk of stimulating an autoimmune response or other adverse effects. Synthetic vaccines can also be tailored to stimulate a targeted immune response. Unfortunately, the minimal nature of synthetic peptide vaccines results in poor recognition by the immune system because they lack the ‘danger signals’ of whole microbes. Although this can be overcome by the addition of strong adjuvants (immunostimulants), alternative mechanisms must be developed to avoid this complication. This Special Issue of Vaccines contains reviews and research articles that focus on the design of peptide based vaccines.

Prof. Dr. Istvan Toth
Guest Editor


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  • peptide antigens
  • subunit vaccines
  • lipid based adjuvant
  • nanovaccines
  • polymeric adjuvants
  • dendrimers

Published Papers

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Last update: 29 October 2013

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