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Vaccine. 2000 Mar 6;18(17):1863-9.

Immunogenicity of Ty-VLP bearing a CD8(+) T cell epitope of the CS protein of P. yoelii: enhanced memory response by boosting with recombinant vaccinia virus.

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Department of Immunology, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz-FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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  • Vaccine 2000 Jun 15;18(25):2923. Myahira Y [corrected to Miyahira Y].


We characterized the immunogenicity of the hybrid Ty-virus-like carrying the CD8(+) T cell epitope (SYVPSAEQI) of the circumsporozoite (CS) protein of Plasmodium yoelii (TyCS-VLP), a rodent malaria parasite. Balb/c mice were immunized with hybrid TyCS-VLP, and their CS-specific CD8(+) T cell response was quantitatively evaluated with the ELISPOT assay, based on the enumeration of epitope specific gamma-interferon secreting CD8(+) T cell. A single immunization with the TyCS-VLP by a variety of routes and doses indicated that the maximal response occurred in mice, which were immunized with 50 micrograms of these particles, administered via intramuscular. Combined immunization of mice with this TyCS-VLP followed by recombinant vaccinia virus expressing the entire P. yoelii CS protein (VacPyCS) or irradiated sporozoites, induced high levels of IFN-gamma-producing cells. The immunization regime, priming with TyCS-VLP and boosting with VacPyCS generated a potent protective immune response, which strongly inhibited P. yoelii liver stages development and protected 62% of the mice against a subsequent live P. yoelii sporozoite challenge.

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