Parasitol Res. 2009 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Evaluation of protective effect of multi-epitope DNA vaccine encoding six antigen segments of Toxoplasma gondii in mice
Liu S, Shi L, Cheng YB, Fan GX, Ren HX, Yuan YK.
Department of Immunology and Microbiology, School of Medicine, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, 710061, China.
To investigate the vaccine potential of multi-epitope vaccines against toxoplasmosis, a multi-epitope DNA vaccine, eukaryotic plasmid pcDNA3.1/T-ME expressing six antigen segments (SAG1(238-256), SAG1(281-320), GRA1(170-193), GRA4(331-345), GRA4(229-245), and GRA2(171-185)) of Toxoplasma gondii was constructed. We investigated the efficacy of pcDNA3.1/T-ME with or without co-administration of a CpG-oligodeoxynucleotide (CpG-ODN) as an adjuvant to protect mice (BALB/c and C57BL/6) against toxoplasmosis. High survival rates were observed in mice immunized with pcDNA3.1/T-ME when challenged with T. gondii RH strain. Lymphocyte proliferation assays, cytokine, and antibody determinations show that mice immunized with pcDNA3.1/T-ME produced stronger humoral and Th1-type cellular immune responses compared to untreated mice or those immunized with empty plasmids. However, co-immunization with CpG-ODN resulted in impaired immune responses. Our data demonstrates that multi-epitope DNA vaccination is a potential strategy for the control of toxoplasmosis and paves the way for further investigations into producing a multi-epitope anti-T. gondii DNA vaccine.
PMID: 19288132 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]