Journal Article

Vaccinate Against Aspergillosis! A Call to Arms of the Immune System

David A. Stevens

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 8, pages 1131-1136
Published in print April 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/382882
Vaccinate Against Aspergillosis! A Call to Arms of the Immune System

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Invasive aspergillosis is a devastating and increasingly common disease, seen almost exclusively in immunosuppressed patients. Immunizing an immunocompromised host would seem to be a formidable task; however, virulence factors and immunogens of the pathogen have now been identified and could be targeted, mapping of the genome sequence of the pathogen will soon be completed, and the protective host immune responses and cytokine networking are better understood. These facts, together with recent advances in vaccine science, make consideration of such an approach now possible. Some populations that are at risk for aspergillosis might be likely candidates for receiving the first vaccinations against aspergillosis, or vaccination of a stem cell donor might be considered in some circumstances. Successful immunizations have been demonstrated in turkeys and mice.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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