A recombinant vaccine expressing a mammalian Mycobacterium sp. antigen is immunostimulatory but not protective in striped bass. Academic Article uri icon


  • A recombinant vaccine was constructed for piscine mycobacteriosis utilizing a Brucella abortus strain RB51 vector expressing a mammalian Mycobacterium sp. 85A antigen. Juvenile striped bass were inoculated with the resulting construct at doses equivalent to 10(6), 10(7), 10(8), 10(9), and 10(10) colony-forming units/fish. Blood and tissue samples from these fish demonstrated significant specific humoral and cell-mediated immune responses towards the 85A antigen in a dose-dependent manner. However, survival studies determined that inoculated fish failed to demonstrate cross-protective responses after live Mycobacterium marinum challenge 70 days post-inoculation.

published proceedings

  • Vet Immunol Immunopathol

author list (cited authors)

  • Pasnik, D. J., Vemulapalli, R., Smith, S. A., & Schurig, G. G.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Pasnik, David J||Vemulapalli, Ramesh||Smith, Stephen A||Schurig, Gerhardt G

publication date

  • January 2003