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Infect Immun 2007 Mar;75(3):1177-85

A novel chimeric Plasmodium vivax Circumsporozoite protein induces biologically functional antibodies that recognize both VK210 and VK247 sporozoites.

Yadava A, Sattabongkot J, Washington MA, Ware LA, Majam V, Zheng H, Kumar S, Ockenhouse CF


A successful vaccine against Plasmodium vivax malaria would significantly improve the health and quality of the lives of more than 1 billion people around the world. A sub-unit vaccine is the only option in the absence of long term culture of P. vivax parasites. The circumsporozoite protein that covers the surface of Plasmodium sporozoites is one of the best studied malarial antigens and the most promising vaccine in clinical trials. We report the development of a novel "immunologically optimal" recombinant vaccine expressed in E. coli that encodes a chimeric CS protein encompassing repeats from the two major alleles, VK210 and VK247. This molecule is widely recognized by sera from patients naturally exposed to P. vivax infection and induces a highly potent immune response in genetically disparate strains of mice. Antibodies from immunized animals recognize both VK210 and VK247 sporozoites. Furthermore, these antibodies appear to be protective in nature since they cause the agglutination of live sporozoites, an in vitro surrogate of sporozoite infectivity. These results strongly suggest that recombinant CS is biologically active and highly immunogenic across MHC-strains and raises the prospect that in humans this vaccine may induce protective immune responses.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #17158893
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2011-10-04 Entry Last Modified: 2012-08-29