Published in Vaccine Weekly, September 8th, 2004
"The transactivator protein, Tat, is a potential candidate for developing a vaccine against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1). Since Tat is not immunodominant, especially when delivered as a genetic vaccine, we expressed codon-optimized subtype-C Tat as a molecular conjugate of ubiquitin, to elicit antigen-specific cell-mediated immune responses. Immunization of mice with different ubiquitin-Tat constructs elicited a strong cellular, but not a humoral, immune response," scientists writing in the journal Vaccine report.
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