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Comp Med. 2008 Apr;58(2):129-39.

Intranasal immunization with recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus expressing murine cytomegalovirus glycoprotein B induces humoral and cellular immunity.

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Section of Comparative Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA.


Cytomegalovirus is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among neonatal and immunocompromised patients. The use of vaccine prophylaxis continues to be an effective approach to reducing viral infections and their associated diseases. Murine cytomegalovirus (mCMV) has proven to be a valuable animal model in determining the efficacy of newly developed vaccine strategies in vivo. Live recombinant vesicular stomatitis viruses (rVSV) have successfully been used as vaccine vectors for several viruses to induce strong humoral and cellular immunity. We tested the ability of intranasal immunization with an rVSV expressing the major envelope protein of mCMV, glycoprotein B (gB), to protect against challenge with mCMV in a mouse model. rVSV-gB-infected cells showed strong cytoplasmic and cell surface expression of gB, and neutralizing antibodies to gB were present in mice after a single intranasal vaccination of VSV-gB. After challenge with mCMV, recovery of live virus and viral DNA was significantly reduced in immunized mice. In addition, primed splenocytes produced a CD8+ IFNgamma response to gB. The ability to induce an immune response to a gene product through mucosal vaccination with rVSV-gB represents a potentially effective approach to limiting CMV-induced disease.

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