Bacteriophages as tools for vaccine development.

G. F. Hatfull, L. Barsom, L. Chang, M. Donnelly-Wu, M. H. Lee, M. Levin, C. Nesbit, G. J. Sarkis

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The construction of live recombinant bacterial vaccines requires a reasonably sophisticated genetic system for the introduction, stabilization and expression of foreign antigen genes. Bacteriophages offer a rich collection of tools that can be used for vaccine construction, including site-specific integration-proficient vectors, non-antibiotic selectable markers and signals for efficient transcription and translation of foreign genes. We describe the characterization of a temperate phage of the mycobacteria, mycobacteriophage L5, and application of these phage studies for the construction of recombinant BCG vaccines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopments in biological standardization
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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