Recombinant Mycobacterium bovis BCG prime-recombinant adenovirus boost vaccination in rhesus monkeys elicits robust polyfunctional simian immunodeficiency virus-specific T-cell responses.

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While mycobacteria have been proposed as vaccine vectors because of their persistence and safety, little has been done systematically to optimize their immunogenicity in nonhuman primates. We successfully generated recombinant Mycobacterium bovis BCG (rBCG) expressing simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) Gag and Pol as multigenic, nonintegrating vectors, but rBCG-expressing SIV Env was unstable. A dose and route determination study in rhesus monkeys revealed that intramuscular administration of rBCG was associated with local reactogenicity, whereas intravenous and intradermal administration of 10(6) to 10(8) CFU of rBCG was well tolerated. After single or repeat rBCG inoculations, monkeys developed high-frequency gamma interferon enzyme-linked immunospot responses against BCG purified protein derivative. However, the same animals developed only modest SIV-specific CD8(+) T-cell responses. Nevertheless, high-frequency SIV-specific cellular responses were observed in the rBCG-primed monkeys after boosting with recombinant adenovirus 5 (rAd5) expressing the SIV antigens. These cellular responses were of greater magnitude and more persistent than those generated after vaccination with rAd5 alone. The vaccine-elicited cellular responses were predominantly polyfunctional CD8(+) T cells. These findings support the further exploration of mycobacteria as priming vaccine vectors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cayabyab, MJ; Korioth-Schmitz, B; Sun, Y; Carville, A; Balachandran, H; Miura, A; Carlson, KR; Buzby, AP; Haynes, BF; Jacobs, WR; Letvin, NL

Published Date

  • June 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 5505 - 5513

PubMed ID

  • 19297477

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2681969

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-5514

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/JVI.02544-08


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States