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Vaccination of koalas against Chlamydia pecorum using synthetic peptides derived from the major outer membrane protein
This project involved the vaccination of koalas with a chlamydial vaccine.

Lone Pine contributing authors: Dr Galit Tzipori BVSc BSc (Hons) – Head Veterinarian
Journal: PLoS ONE 13(6):e0200112
Date of publication: June 28, 2018
In partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast

This project involved the vaccination of koalas with a chlamydial vaccine.  This particular vaccine type was trialled to develop one which was capable of inducing a Chlamydia-specific antibody response, whilst also being able to be produced on a wider scale for use in a larger number of koalas. It produced a more sustained and stronger antibody response.  It was shown to be a promising candidate for future chlamydial vaccine development.

This project involved the vaccination of ten of Lone Pine’s male koalas.

All care of the animals and veterinary work including sample collection, vaccination and examination of the animals was carried out by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary’s veterinary and husbandry teams.

For more information, visit https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29953523/

Disclaimer: Lone Pine’s koala population is 100% chlamydia-free. Our koalas were vaccinated as a means to monitor the antibody response, in a controlled, stress-free environment.