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Type: Journal article
Title: Immunological responses following administration of a genotype 1a/1b/2/3a quadrivalent HCV VLP vaccine
Author: Christiansen, D.
Earnest-Silveira, L.
Chua, B.
Meuleman, P.
Boo, I.
Grubor-Bauk, B.
Jackson, D.
Keck, Z.
Foung, S.
Drummer, H.
Gowans, E.
Torresi, J.
Citation: Scientific Reports, 2018; 8(1):6483-1-6483-13
Publisher: Springer Nature
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2045-2322
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D. Christiansen, L. Earnest-Silveira, B. Chua, P. Meuleman, I. Boo, B. Grubor-Bauk, D.C. Jackson, Z.Y. Keck, S.K.H. Foung, H.E. Drummer, E.J. Gowans, J. Torresi
Abstract: The significant public health problem of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been partially addressed with the advent of directly acting antiviral agents (DAAs). However, the development of an effective preventative vaccine would have a significant impact on HCV incidence and would represent a major advance towards controlling and possibly eradicating HCV globally. We previously reported a genotype 1a HCV viral-like particle (VLP) vaccine that produced neutralizing antibodies (NAb) and T cell responses to HCV. To advance this approach, we produced a quadrivalent genotype 1a/1b/2a/3a HCV VLP vaccine to produce broader immune responses. We show that this quadrivalent vaccine produces antibody and NAb responses together with strong T and B cell responses in vaccinated mice. Moreover, selective neutralizing human monoclonal antibodies (HuMAbs) targeting conserved antigenic domain B and D epitopes of the E2 protein bound strongly to the HCV VLPs, suggesting that these critical epitopes are expressed on the surface of the particles. Our findings demonstrate that a quadrivalent HCV VLP based vaccine induces broad humoral and cellular immune responses that will be necessary for protection against HCV. Such a vaccine could provide a substantial addition to highly active antiviral drugs in eliminating HCV.
Keywords: T-Lymphocytes
Mice, Inbred BALB C
Hepatitis C
Viral Envelope Proteins
Viral Hepatitis Vaccines
Hepatitis C Antibodies
Neutralization Tests
Immunity, Cellular
Antibodies, Neutralizing
Vaccines, Virus-Like Particle
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DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24762-9
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