The surface antigen P.69/pertactin of Bordetella pertussis has been expressed using the polyhedron promoter of baculovirus in cultured insect cells. Either full-length or truncated prn DNA was used to express P.69 pertactin. The full-length gene gave rise to low levels of P.93 precursor protein, some of which was processed to P.69. The shortened prn expressed P.69 pertactin directly at levels up to 3.5 mg per litre. P.69 vaccinated animals were protected against aerosol challenge with virulent B. pertussis bacteria.
- Bordetella pertussis, prn Gene