Streptococcus pyogenes or Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a major Gram-positive human pathogen that
causes diverse human diseases with a high morbidity and mortality worldwide. The development of an effective GAS vaccine
is hindered by the occurrence of many unique GAS serotypes, the complexity of the global epidemiology of GAS infections,
and safety concerns over the cross-reactivity of some antigen-specific antibodies with human tissues and proteins.
Although no licensed GAS vaccine is available, a number of candidate vaccines have been or are being evaluated in
laboratory or in clinical trials. This minireview provides brief information on the progress and difficulty in the development
of GAS vaccines.
Arginine deiminase, Group A Streptococcus, Group A carbohydrate, M protein, ScpA, Shr, SpyCEP, SsE, Streptococcal
fibronectin-binding proteins, Streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxins, Trigger factor, Vaccine.
Department of Physiology, Harbin Medical University, Harbin 150081, China