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Studies on vaccination against papillomaviruses: a comparison of purified virus, tumour extract and transformed cells in prophylactic vaccination
  1. WF Jarrett,
  2. BW O'Neil,
  3. JM Gaukroger,
  4. HM Laird,
  5. KT Smith and
  6. MS Campo
  1. Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Glasgow Veterinary School, Bearsden.


Calves were vaccinated with two preparations made from one cutaneous fibropapilloma induced by bovine papillomavirus type 2 (BPV-2). One vaccine consisted of homogenised tumour; the other contained purified virus only. Both produced resistance to a heavy challenge infection of BPV-2. One calf in the vaccinated group developed a small tumour and rejected it earlier than the control calves. It would appear likely that the prophylactic immune response was induced by viral structural proteins only and that tumour-specific antigens are unnecessary. Bovine fibroblasts were transformed in vitro by BPV-2 and administered as a vaccine; immunity was not induced.

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