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Can cancer biology help us understand East Coast fever?

A recent review, as well as current studies in the primary literature, present examples of how cancer research can be used in the study of Theileria biology, suggesting that this might be a turning point that could revolutionize how T. parva infection is studied. Continue reading

Africa / AHH / Animal Diseases / Cattle / East Africa / ECF / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Vaccines

Discovery of novel candidates for the development of targeted vaccines against East Coast fever

We are here aiming to directly identify the parts or ‘antigens’ of the Theileria parva parasite that are visible to the cellular immune system during infection using a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry approach in order to inform the development of targeted vaccines against Theileriosis. Continue reading

Africa / AHH / Animal Diseases / Cattle / East Africa / ECF / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Vaccines

Parasite (sporozoite) proteomics impact in ECF research

The partial success of subunit vaccine candidates based on sporozoite proteins give rise to the belief that sporozoite surface antigens might constitute neutralizing vaccine candidates. This milestone together with the protective immunity of whole sporozoite infection and treatment vaccination can be further built upon in order to ultimately achieve protection against ECF infection with a multivalent subunit vaccine. Continue reading

Africa / AHH / Animal Diseases / Cattle / East Africa / ECF / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Vaccines

Can yeast, man’s best friend, also help against East Coast fever in cattle?

In the last 9 years, yeast has been tested as a way to help immune cells see and react to human pathogens such as hepatitis C virus, and cancer. Yeast has also helped chickens survive coccidiosis and pigs survive porcine circovirus infection. We are now persuading yeast to wear a coat decorated with T. parva trophies and train cattle immune cells to react appropriately (in this case to kill T. parva). Continue reading

Africa / AHH / Animal Diseases / Cattle / East Africa / ECF / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Vaccines

A roadblock to the development of a schizont-based vaccine for East Coast fever?

Antigen screening studies indicate that CD8 T cells from immune cattle recognise a large number of T. parva proteins, but whether or not CD8 T cells specific these proteins are all equally capable of mediating protection is not known. The lack of an antigen delivery system known to be capable of inducing protective CD8 T cell responses represents an obstacle to answering this important question. Continue reading