Project information
A global syphilis vaccine targeting outer membrane proteins of Treponema pallidum

Project Identification
U19 AI144177
Project Period
5/2019 - 4/2024
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Ostatní - foreign
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Medicine
Cooperating Organization
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

After years of steady decline during the 1990s, syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection caused by the uncultivatable spirochete Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum (TPA), has undergone a dramatic resurgence in the United States, particularly among men who have sex with men. Syphilis also poses a major threat globally with an estimated 5.6 million new cases annually and 350,000 adverse pregnancy outcomes due to mother-to-child transmission. The inability of epidemiological approaches to curtail the spread of syphilis underscores the need for a safe and effective vaccine. Our CRC proposal is based on the premise that our success identifying and topologically characterizing TPA outer membrane proteins (OMPs) translates to a roadmap for a vaccine against geographically widespread TPA strains.

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Masaryk University is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to improve the conditions and quality of life on our planet by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal No.  3 – Good health and well-being Sustainable Development Goal No.  17 – Partnerships for the goals


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