Enhanced Immunogenicity of CD4+ T-Cell Responses and Protective Efficacy of a DNA-Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara Prime-Boost Vaccination Regimen for Murine Tuberculosis
McShane H., Brookes R., Gilbert SC., Hill AVS.
<jats:title>ABSTRACT</jats:title> <jats:p>DNA vaccines whose DNA encodes a variety of antigens from<jats:italic>Mycobacterium tuberculosis</jats:italic> have been evaluated for immunogenicity and protective efficacy. CD8<jats:sup>+</jats:sup> T-cell responses and protection achieved in other infectious disease models have been optimized by using a DNA immunization to prime the immune system and a recombinant virus encoding the same antigen(s) to boost the response. A DNA vaccine (D) and recombinant modified vaccinia virus Ankara (M) in which the DNA encodes early secreted antigenic target 6 and mycobacterial protein tuberculosis 63 synthesized, and each was found to generate specific gamma interferon (IFN-γ)-secreting CD4<jats:sup>+</jats:sup> T cells. Enhanced CD4<jats:sup>+</jats:sup> IFN-γ T-cell responses were produced by both D-M and M-D immunization regimens. Significantly higher levels of IFN-γ were seen with a D-D-D-M immunization regimen. The most immunogenic regimens were assessed in a challenge study and found to produce protection equivalent to that produced by <jats:italic>Mycobacterium bovis</jats:italic> BCG. Thus, heterologous prime-boost regimens boost CD4<jats:sup>+</jats:sup> as well as CD8<jats:sup>+</jats:sup>T-cell responses, and the use of heterologous constructs encoding the same antigen(s) may improve the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of DNA vaccines against tuberculosis and other diseases.</jats:p>