Oral administration of live attenuated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium expressing chicken interferon-α alleviates clinical signs caused by respiratory infection with avian influenza virus H9N2.
ABSTRACT Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H9N2 has attracted considerable attention due to severe commercial losses in the poultry industry. Furthermore, avian influenza virus (AIV) H9N2-infected chickens can be a reservoir for viral transmission to mammals including pigs and humans, complicating control of viral mutants. Chicken interferon-alpha (chIFN-α) may be useful as an exogenous antiviral agent to control AIV H9N2 infection. However, a superior vehicle for administration of chIFN-α is needed because of challenges of protein stability, production cost, and labor associated with mass administration. Presently, oral administration of single dose of attenuated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium expressing chIFN-α alleviated clinical signs and histopathological changes caused by respiratory infection with AIV H9N2 and reduced the excretion of virus in cloacal swab samples. Similarly, chickens administered S. enterica serovar Typhimurium expressing chIFN-α showed inhibited replication of AIV H9N2 in several different tissues including trachea, lung, cecal tonsil, and brain. Furthermore, immune responses specific for challenged AIV H9N2 were enhanced in chickens administered S. enterica serovar Typhimurium expressing chIFN-α, as determined by hemagglutination inhibition assay of sera, proliferation and IFN-γ and interleukin-4 expression by AIV H9N2 antigen-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells and splenocytes. Therefore, oral administration of S. enterica serovar Typhimurium expressing chIFN-α can successfully control clinical signs caused by respiratory infection with AIV H9N2, which provides valuable insight into the use of attenuated Salmonella vaccine as an oral delivery system of chIFN-α to prevent the replication of AIV H9N2 in respiratory tract.
Article: Enhancement of Th1-biased protective immunity against avian influenza H9N2 virus via oral co-administration of attenuated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium expressing chicken interferon-α and interleukin-18 along with an inactivated vaccine.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Control of currently circulating re-assorted low-pathogenicity avian influenza (LPAI) H9N2 is a major concern for both animal and human health. Thus, an improved LPAI H9N2 vaccination strategy is needed to induce complete immunity in chickens against LPAI H9N2 virus strains. Cytokines play a crucial role in mounting both the type and extent of an immune response generated following infection with a pathogen or after vaccination. To improve the efficacy of inactivated LPAI H9N2 vaccine, attenuated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium was used for oral co-administration of chicken interferon-α (chIFN-α) and chicken interleukin-18 (chIL-18) as natural immunomodulators. Oral co-administration of S. enterica serovar Typhimurium expressing chIFN-α and chIL-18, prior to vaccination with inactivated AI H9N2 vaccine, modulated the immune response of chickens against the vaccine antigen through enhanced humoral and Th1-biased cell-mediated immunity, compared to chickens that received single administration of S. enterica serovar Typhimurium expressing either chIFN-α or chIL-18. To further test the protective efficacy of this improved vaccination regimen, immunized chickens were intra-tracheally challenged with a high dose of LPAI H9N2 virus. Combined administration of S. enterica serovar Typhimurium expressing chIFN-α and chIL-18 showed markedly enhanced protection compared to single administration of the construct, as determined by mortality, clinical severity, and feed and water intake. This enhancement of protective immunity was further confirmed by reduced rectal shedding and replication of AIV H9N2 in different tissues of challenged chickens. Our results indicate the value of combined administration of chIFN-α and chIL-18 using a Salmonella vaccine strain to generate an effective immunization strategy in chickens against LPAI H9N2.BMC Veterinary Research 07/2012; 8:105. · 2.00 Impact Factor