The case for a subunit vaccine against malaria Academic Article uri icon


  • New technologies and some disillusionment with subunit vaccines has led to increased interest in the development of whole parasite vaccines for malaria. Instead, the current priority should be to build on the partial success of the recombinant protein sporozoite vaccine, RTS,S. There are many possible options for delivering a subunit vaccine but the simplest option, formulating recombinant proteins in an adjuvant, should be fully explored. Numerous options exist for inducing heightened immune responses and for tackling the problem of diversity, but development of recombinant protein subunit vaccines requires a more detailed knowledge of the conformation of the leading vaccine candidates.

publication date

  • August 2011