Characterization of lentiviral pseudotypes with influenza H5N1 hemagglutinin and their performance in neutralization assays.
ABSTRACT Pseudotype reporter viruses are being used as safe, quantitative, and high-throughput tools for assessing antibody neutralization for many viruses, including influenza. However, characterization of pseudotypes containing influenza hemagglutinin (HA-pseudotypes) is needed before this system is widely adopted for evaluating neutralizing antibodies in sera following vaccination or infection. In this report HA-pseudotype stocks were analyzed for HA content, stability, and performance in neutralization assays under various conditions. HA-pseudotypes produced with HA genes of H5 strains representing clades 1, 2.2, and 2.3.4 consistently contain similar HA contents, and infectivity was not greatly affected by the purity of the HA-pseudotype preparations or variations in storage conditions. HA-pseudotype neutralization titers using a reference serum panel were also consistent across a wide range of dilutions of HA-pseudotype stocks and correlated well with results from microneutralization assays involving replicating influenza. Concentrated HA-pseudotypes were further shown to work well in hemagglutination inhibition assays. Finally, antisera elicited by genetically modified HA, with changes in the polybasic cleavage site that have been used in some H5 vaccines and reduce pathogenicity, gave identical neutralization titers against HA-pseudotypes with wild type or modified HA. These findings support continued development of HA-pseudotypes as a robust tool for analyzing sera in vaccine and serologic studies.
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ABSTRACT: Identifying major antigenic and protective epitopes of the H7 hemagglutinin (HA) will be important for understanding the antibody response to vaccines developed against the novel influenza H7N9 viruses that emerged in China in 2013. To facilitate antigenic characterization of the H7N9 HA and to develop reagents for evaluation of H7N9 candidate vaccines, we generated a panel of murine monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to the HA of A/Shanghai/2/2013 using mammalian cell-derived virus-like particles (VLP) containing the H7 HA. Neutralizing antibodies identified an HA epitope corresponding to antigenic site A on the structurally similar influenza H3 hemagglutinin. Importantly, the neutralizing antibodies protect against A/Shanghai/2/2013 challenge. This antigenic site is conserved among many H7 viruses, including strains of both Eurasian and North American lineage, and the isolated neutralizing antibodies are cross-reactive with older H7 vaccine strains. The results indicate that the identified antigenic site is a potentially important protective epitope and suggest the potential benefit of cross-reactive antibody responses to vaccination with H7 candidate vaccines.PLoS ONE 01/2015; 10(1):e0117108. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0117108 · 3.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Pseudotyped viruses bearing the glycoprotein(s) of a donor virus over the nucleocapsid core of a surrogate virus are widely used as safe substitutes for infectious virus in virology studies. Retroviral particles pseudotyped with influenza A virus glycoproteins have been used recently for the study of influenza hemagglutinin and neuraminidase-dependent processes. Here, we report the development of vesicular-stomatitis-virus-based pseudotypes bearing the glycoproteins of influenza A virus. We show that pseudotypes bearing the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase of H5N1 influenza A virus mimic the wild-type virus in neutralization assays and sensitivity to entry inhibitors. We demonstrate the requirement of NA for the infectivity of pseudotypes and show that viruses obtained with different NA proteins are significantly different in their transduction activities. Inhibition studies with oseltamivir carboxylate show that neuraminidase activity is required for pseudovirus production, but not for the infection of target cells with H5N1-VSV pseudovirus. The HA-NA-VSV pseudoviruses have high transduction titers and better stability than the previously reported retroviral pseudotypes and can replace live influenza virus in the development of neutralization assays, screening of potential antivirals, and the study of different HA/NA reassortants.Archives of Virology 06/2014; DOI:10.1007/s00705-014-2127-y · 2.28 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: H5N1 avian influenza is a significant global concern with the potential to become the next pandemic threat. Recombinant subunit vaccines are an attractive alternative for pandemic vaccines compared to traditional vaccine technologies. In particular, polyanhydride nanoparticles encapsulating subunit proteins have been shown to enhance humoral and cell-mediated immunity and provide protection upon lethal challenge. In this work, a recombinant H5 hemagglutinin trimer (H53) was produced and encapsulated into polyanhydride nanoparticles. The studies performed indicated that the recombinant H53 antigen was a robust immunogen. Immunizing mice with H53 encapsulated into polyanhydride nanoparticles induced high neutralizing antibody titers and enhanced CD4(+) T cell recall responses in mice. Finally, the H53-based polyanhydride nanovaccine induced protective immunity against a low-pathogenic H5N1 viral challenge. Informatics analyses indicated that mice receiving the nanovaccine formulations and subsequently challenged with virus were similar to naïve mice that were not challenged. The current studies provide a basis to further exploit the advantages of polyanhydride nanovaccines in pandemic scenarios.International Journal of Nanomedicine 01/2015; 10:229-43. DOI:10.2147/IJN.S72264 · 4.20 Impact Factor