Vaccination with Replication Deficient Adenovectors Encoding YF-17D Antigens Induces Long-Lasting Protection from Severe Yellow Fever Virus Infection in Mice

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Maria R Bassi, Mads Andreas Bay Larsen, Michael Kongsgaard, Michael Rasmussen, Søren Buus, Anette Stryhn Buus, Allan R Thomsen, Jan P Christensen

The live attenuated yellow fever vaccine (YF-17D) has been successfully used for more than 70 years. It is generally considered a safe vaccine, however, recent reports of serious adverse events following vaccination have raised concerns and led to suggestions that even safer YF vaccines should be developed. Replication deficient adenoviruses (Ad) have been widely evaluated as recombinant vectors, particularly in the context of prophylactic vaccination against viral infections in which induction of CD8+ T-cell mediated immunity is crucial, but potent antibody responses may also be elicited using these vectors. In this study, we present two adenobased vectors targeting non-structural and structural YF antigens and characterize their immunological properties. We report that a single immunization with an Ad-vector encoding the non-structural protein 3 from YF-17D could elicit a strong CD8+ T-cell response, which afforded a high degree of protection from subsequent intracranial challenge of vaccinated mice. However, full protection was only observed using a vector encoding the structural proteins from YF-17D. This vector elicited virus-specific CD8+ T cells as well as neutralizing antibodies, and both components were shown to be important for protection thus mimicking the situation recently uncovered in YF-17D vaccinated mice. Considering that Ad-vectors are very safe, easy to produce and highly immunogenic in humans, our data indicate that a replication deficient adenovector-based YF vaccine may represent a safe and efficient alternative to the classical live attenuated YF vaccine and should be further tested.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0004464
JournalPLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Issue number2
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

    Research areas

  • Adenoviridae, Animals, Antibodies, Viral, Antigens, Viral, CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes, Female, Genetic Vectors, Humans, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Vaccination, Viral Proteins, Yellow Fever, Yellow Fever Vaccine, Yellow fever virus, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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