Recombinant viruses expressing a human malaria antigen can elicit potentially protective immune CD8+ responses in mice

Y. Miyahira, A. García-Sastre, D. Rodriguez, J. R. Rodriguez, K. Murata, M. Tsuji, P. Palese, M. Esteban, F. Zavala, R. S. Nussenzweig

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Extensive studies on protective immunity to rodent malaria provided the basis for the current experiments in which mice were immunized with recombinant (re) influenza and vaccinia viruses expressing selected sequences of the circumsporozoite (CS) protein of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Mice of different H-2 haplotypes immunized with re influenza viruses expressing the immunodominant B cell epitope of this CS protein produced high titers of antibodies to the parasite. A cytotoxic T lymphocyte epitope of the CS protein of P. falciparum, PF3, recognized by CD8+ T cells of H-2(k) mice, was expressed in a re vaccinia virus (VacPf) and a re influenza virus (FluPf). Immunization of mice with either FluPf or VacPf elicited a modest CS-specific CD8+ T cell response detected by interferon γ secretion of individual immune cells. Priming of mice with FluPf, followed by a booster with VacPf, resulted in a striking enhancement of this T cell response. The reverse protocol, i.e., priming with VacPf followed by a booster with FluPf, failed to enhance the primary response. VacPf also greatly enhanced the primary response of mice injected with P. falciparum sporozoites or with a lipopeptide containing PF3. A booster with FluPf also amplified the response of lipopeptide- or sporozoite-primed mice but less than a VacPf booster did. Although mice are not susceptible to infection by P. falciparum sporozoites, we demonstrated that administration of two distinct immunogens expressing PF3 elicited activated, extravasating CS- specific T cells that protected against an intracerebral VacPf challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3954-3959
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number7
StatePublished - 31 Mar 1998


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