Protection against Streptococcal Pharyngeal Colonization with Vaccines Composed of M Protein Conserved Regions

  • V. A. Fischetti
  • D. E. Bessen
  • O. Schneewind
  • D. E. Hruby
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 303)


Group A streptococci are widespread human pathogens which are responsible for nasopharyngeal infections and impetigo. There are over 25 million cases of group A streptococcal infections each year in the United States alone, at a cost of over $1 billion to the public. Despite the fact that streptococcal infection can be successfully treated with antibiotics, in the interim it often causes significant discomfort and loss in productivity. Furthermore, about 3% of infected individuals afflicted with streptococcal infection develop a more serious illness such as rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Because rheumatic heart disease occurs in as many as 1% of school-age children in developing countries (Agarwal, 1981; Dodu and Bothig, 1989), there is a strong impetus to develop a safe and effective vaccine against group A streptococcal pharyngitis.


Vaccinia Virus Rheumatic Fever Rabies Virus Rheumatic Heart Disease Streptococcal Infection 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. A. Fischetti
    • 1
  • D. E. Bessen
    • 1
  • O. Schneewind
    • 1
  • D. E. Hruby
    • 2
  1. 1.The Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology, Department of MicrobiologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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