Pseudovirion particle production by live poxvirus human immunodeficiency virus vaccine vector enhances humoral and cellular immune responses.

Chen X, Rock MT, Hammonds J, Tartaglia J, Shintani A, Currier J, Slike B, Crowe JE, Marovich M, Spearman P
J Virol. 2005 79 (9): 5537-47

PMID: 15827168 · PMCID: PMC1082749 · DOI:10.1128/JVI.79.9.5537-5547.2005

Live-vector-based human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vaccines are an integral part of a number of HIV vaccine regimens currently under evaluation. Live vectors that carry an intact gag gene are capable of eliciting HIV pseudovirion particle formation from infected host cells. The impact of pseudovirion particle formation on the immune response generated by live HIV vaccine vectors has not been established. In this study, a canarypox HIV vaccine candidate vector expressing HIV gag and env genes, vCP205, was modified by the introduction of a glycine-to-alanine coding change in the N-terminal myristylation site of gag to create Myr- vCP205. This substitution effectively eliminated particle formation without altering the level of protein production. vCP205 and Myr- vCP205 were then directly compared for the ability to induce HIV-specific immune responses in mice. The particle-competent vector vCP205 elicited higher levels of CD8+ T-cell responses, as indicated by gamma interferon enzyme-linked immunospot (ELISPOT) assay and intracellular cytokine staining. Humoral responses to Gag and Env were also markedly higher from animals immunized with the particle-competent vector. Furthermore, HIV-specific CD4+ T-cell responses were greater among animals immunized with the particle-competent vector. Using a human dendritic cell model of antigen presentation in vitro, vCP205 generated greater ELISPOT responses than Myr- vCP205. These results demonstrate that pseudovirion particle production by live-vector HIV vaccines enhances HIV-specific cellular and humoral immune responses.

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AIDS Vaccines Animals Antibody Specificity Canarypox virus CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes Cytokines Female Gene Products, env Genes, gag Genetic Vectors HIV-1 HIV Antibodies HIV Infections Immunization Interferon-gamma Mice Mice, Inbred BALB C Vaccines, Synthetic

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