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Viral Immunol. 1999;12(4):281-96.

Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 envelope-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes response dynamics after prime-boost vaccine regimens with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 canarypox and pseudovirions.

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  • 1Robarts Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada.


Virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) may represent significant immune mechanisms in the control of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and, therefore, CTL induction may be a fundamental goal in the development of an efficacious acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) vaccine. In the current study, prime-boost protocols were used to investigate the potential of noninfectious human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) pseudovirions (HIV PSV) in enhancing HIV-specific CTL responses in Balb/c mice primed with the recombinant canarypox vector, vCP205, encoding HIV-1 gp120 (MN strain) in addition to Gag/Protease (HIB strain). The prime-boost immunization regimens were administered intramuscularly and involved injections of vCP205 followed by boosts with HIV PSV. Previous vaccination strategies solely involving vCP205 had induced good cellular immune responses in uninfected human volunteers, despite some limitations. The use of genetically engineered HIV PSV was a logical step in the evaluation of whole noninfectious virus or inactivated virus vaccine strategies, particularly as a potential boosting agent for vCP205-primed recipients. Based on this current study, HIV PSV appeared to have the capability to effectively induce and boost cell-mediated HIV-1-specific responses. In order to observe the immune effects of HIV PSV in a prime-boost immunization strategy, both HIV vaccine immunogens required careful titration in vivo. This suggests that careful consideration should be given to the optimization of immunization protocols destined for human use.

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