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Vaccine 2015 Jan 3;33(2):280-8

Vaccination using live attenuated Leishmania donovani centrin deleted parasites induces protection in dogs against Leishmania infantum.

Fiuza JA, Gannavaram S, Santiago HD, Selvapandiyan A, Souza DM, Passos LS, Mendonca LZ, Lemos-Giunchetti DD, Ricci ND, Bartholomeu DC, Giunchetti RC, Bueno LL, Correa-Oliveira R, Nakhasi HL, Fujiwara RT


Live attenuated Leishmania donovani parasites such as LdCen-/- have been shown elicit protective immunity against leishmanial infection in mice and hamster models. Previously, we have reported on the induction of strong immunogenicity in dogs upon vaccination with LdCen-/- including an increase in immunoglobulin isotypes, higher lymphoproliferative response, higher frequencies of activated CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, IFN-¿ production by CD8+ T cells, increased secretion of TNF-a and IL-12/IL-23p40 and, finally, decreased secretion of IL-4. To further explore the potential of LdCen-/- parasites as vaccine candidates, we performed a 24-month follow up of LdCen-/- immunized dogs after challenge with virulent Leishmania infantum, aiming determination of parasite burden by qPCR, antibody production (ELISA) and cellular responses (T cell activation and cytokine production) by flow cytometry and sandwich ELISA. Our data demonstrated that vaccination with a single dose of LdCen-/- (without any adjuvant) resulted in the reduction of up to 87.3% of parasite burden after 18 months of virulent challenge. These results are comparable to those obtained with commercially available vaccine in Brazil (Leishmune®). The protection was associated with antibody production and CD4+ and CD8+ proliferative responses, as well as T cell activation and significantly higher production of IFN-¿, IL-12/IL-23p40 and TNF-a, which was comparable to responses induced by immunization with Leishmune®, with significant differences when compared to control animals (Placebo). Moreover, only animals immunized with LdCen-/- expressed lower levels of IL-4 when compared to animals vaccinated either with Leishmune® or PBS. Our results support further studies aiming to demonstrate the potential of genetically modified live attenuated L. donovani vaccine to control L. infantum transmission in endemic areas for CVL.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #25475955 DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.11.039
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2014-09-20 Entry Last Modified: 2014-12-28