Hana Hoffmeisterova

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Praha, Praha, Czech Republic

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Publications (11)17.45 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The Human papillomavirus 16 (HPV16) E7 oncoprotein is a promising candidate for development of anti-cancer therapeutic vaccine. We have prepared the expression construct carrying mutagenized E7 oncoprotein fused to the C-terminus of Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) coat protein via 15 amino acids β-sheet linker. The fusion protein was expressed in Escherichia coli MC 1061 cells. We have obtained high level expression, but most of the protein remained in insoluble inclusion bodies. To increase the ratio of soluble protein various molecular chaperones (TF, DnaK-DnaJ-GrpE, GroEL-GroES) were used. The immunological reactivity of expressed recombinant protein was evaluated with anti-E7 and anti-TMV antibodies. The distribution of expressed product during ultracentrifugation on sucrose gradient was studied.
    Protein Expression and Purification 07/2012; 85(1):152-7. · 1.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Transient expression of foreign genes based on plant viral vectors is a suitable system for the production of relevant immunogens that can be used for the development of a new generation of vaccines against a variety of infectious diseases. In the present study the epitope derived from HPV-16 L2 minor capsid protein (amino acids 108-120) was expressed from Potato virus X (PVX)-based vector pGR106 as N- or C-terminal fusion with the PVX coat protein (PVX CP) in transgenic Nicotiana benthamiana plants. The fusion protein L2 108-120-PVX CP was successfully expressed in plants at a level of 170 mg/kg of fresh leaf tissue. The C-terminal fusion protein PVX CP- L2 108-120 was expressed using mutated vector sequence to avoid homologous recombination at a level of 8 mg/kg of fresh leaf tissue. Immunogenicity of L2 108-120-PVX CP virus-like particles was tested after immunization of mice by subcutaneous injection or tattoo administration. In animal sera the antibodies against the PVX CP and the L2 108-120 epitope were found after both methods of vaccine delivery.
    Journal of Biosciences 03/2012; 37(1):125-33. · 1.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The genes encoding the coat protein (CP) and triple gene block protein 1 (TGBp1) of Potato virus M (PVM) were cloned into expression vector pET‐45b(+) (N‐terminal 6xHis tag) and expressed in E. coli Rosetta gami‐2(DE3). The purified recombinant antigens were used for raising polyclonal antibodies. The antibodies against recombinant CP were successfully used in Western blot analysis, plate‐trapped ELISA and DAS‐ELISA as a coating for PVM detection in infected potato leaf samples. The antibodies against recombinant non‐structural protein detected the TGBp1 only in Western blot analysis. This is the first report of the production of polyclonal antibodies against recombinant coat protein and TGBp1 of PVM and their use for detecting the virus.
    Journal of Phytopathology 01/2012; 160(5). · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The E7 oncoprotein from Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) is an attractive candidate for anti-cancer therapeutical vaccine development. In this study, we engineered different fusions of mutagenized coding sequence of E7 oncoprotein (E7ggg) with coat protein of Potato virus X (PVX CP) both on 5'- and 3'-terminus of PVX CP and evaluated the influence of the length of linker (no linker, 4, 15aa) connecting PVX CP and E7ggg on their production. At first the expression in Escherichia coli was conducted to assess the characteristics of the recombinant protein prior to be further produced in plants, that is, resultant proteins were used for screening of their immunological reactivity with antibodies against PVX CP and E7. Fusion proteins successfully expressed in bacteria and plants were partially purified and their reactivity and ability to form virus-like particles were evaluated with anti-E7 antibodies.
    Protein Expression and Purification 01/2011; 77(2):146-52. · 1.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Polyclonal antibodies to recombinant Potato virus X (PVX) coat protein (PVX-CP) were developed and their effectiveness determined in different ELISA protocols. The PVX-CP gene was amplified by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. For immunization, the CP fractions from bacterial lysate were purified either by simple fractionation or by excision from sodium dodecyl sulphate gels. The PVX-CP was injected into rabbits for antibody production. The PVX-CP antibodies reacted in an indirect plate trapped antigen enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunoblot assay and were useful for the detection of a broad spectrum of isolates of PVX.
    Journal of Phytopathology 01/2010; 158(1):66-68. · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The optimized expression of recombinant Potato virus A coat protein (ACP) carrying two different epitopes from Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) was developed. Epitope derived from minor capsid protein L2 was expressed as N-terminal fusion with ACP while an epitope derived from E7 oncoprotein was fused to its C-terminus. The construct was cloned into Potato X potexvirus (PVX) based vector and transiently expressed in plants using Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated inoculation. To increase the level of expressed protein the transgenic Nicotiana benthamiana plants expressing Potato virus A HC-Pro gene and transgenic Nicotiana tabacum, cv. Petit Havana SR1 carrying Potato virus A P3 protein gene were tested. Synergistic infection of host plants with PVX carrying the construct and Potato virus Y(O) (PVY(O)) increased the expression of L2ACPE7 in N. tabacum and in transgenic N. benthamiana carrying potyviral HC-Pro gene as compared to control plants infected with L2ACPE7 only.
    Protein Expression and Purification 04/2008; 58(1):154-61. · 1.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The gene encoding the coat protein (CP) of a potato virus Y (PVY) was cloned into expression vector pMPM-A4Omega. PVY CP was expressed in Escherichia coli and the purified recombinant protein was used for raising rabbit polyclonal antibodies. The sera and antibodies were tested for the detection of PVY in the laboratory host Nicotiana tabacum cv. Petit Havana SR1 and in various cultivars of the natural host Solanum tuberosum by ELISA as well as by Western blots. The antibodies can be used for the detection of the whole strain spectrum of PVY by indirect plate trapped antigen ELISA and Western blot, but not by double antigen sandwich ELISA.
    Folia Microbiologica 02/2008; 53(5):438-42. · 0.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We describe the optimized storage conditions of recombinant Potato virus A coat protein (ACP) carrying two different epitopes from Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16). Epitope derived from minor capsid protein L2 was expressed as N-terminal fusion with ACP while an epitope derived from E7 oncoprotein was fused to its C-termini. The construct was cloned into Potato X potexvirus (PVX) based vector and transiently expressed in plants using Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated inoculation. The effect of storage conditions on the serological activity of L2ACPE7 was studied by ELISA using IgG anti PVX, PVA and L2. Purified L2ACPE7 stored freeze-dried (at −20 °C), frozen at various temperatures (−20 °C, −70 °C) and at +4 °C were tested. Purified L2ACPE7 was most stable as lyophilized material stored at −20 °C. Our study demonstrates suitable way for the storage of plant material containing foreign viral epitopes for the purposes of edible vaccination.
    Biologia Plantarum 01/2008; 52(1):184-186. · 1.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Potato virus X (PVX)-based vector was used for the construction of N- and C-terminally modified PVX coat protein (XCP) chimeras. N-terminal XCP modifications do not influence the viral life cycle, whereas the simple XCP C-terminal fusion impedes the viral replication. We designed several C-terminally modified XCP chimeras and tested their viabilities in various Nicotiana benthamiana genotypes. Our results showed the negative impact of 3′-terminal modification of XCP on the chimera’s life cycle. To ensure chimeric constructs stability, the second copy of the last 60 nucleotides of XCP followed by the 3′-untranslated region (UTR) was added downstream of the recombinant sequence. Simultaneously, the first copy of the last 60 nucleotides of XCP was mutated in order to prevent recombination between the two identical sequences. The movement protein of Tobacco mosaic virus expressed in transgenic N. benthamiana plants positively affected the cell-to-cell spread of C-terminally modified XCP chimeras.
    Biologia Plantarum 56(4). · 1.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Infection with Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) is linked to cervical cancer, which is one of the most common cancers found among women worldwide. Despite preventive immunization, a therapeutic vaccine, targeting infected individuals, is required. Vaccine strategies for treatment of HPV—induced cervical cancer are based on E7 and E6 oncoproteins. In this work we report the transient expression of chimeric particles containing the E6 oncoprotein from Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16) in plants. We fused a mutagenized coding sequence of the E6 oncoprotein (E6GT) with the coding sequence of Potato virus X coat protein (PVX CP) both with the 5′- and 3′-terminus using linkers of different length (0, 4 or 15 amino acids). The expression in E. coli was performed to assess the characteristics of the recombinant protein prior to plant expression. The yield and immunological reactivity of the expressed proteins were screened with anti-PVX CP and E6 antibodies. The highest yields of chimeric particles were observed in the transgenic N. benthamiana expressing Potato virus A HC-Pro protein and the Tobacco mosaic virus movement protein. When inoculated on host plants, these recombinant viruses were not able to spread systemically. The obtained results revealed the new relations for design of expression cassettes for plant-based vaccine production.
    Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 113(1). · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We describe the effect of different means of inoculation of Nicotiana benthamiana plants on the amount of transiently expressed fusion gene coding for the Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16) epitopes fused to the sequence of recombinant Potato virus A coat protein (ACP). Epitope derived from minor capsid protein L2 was expressed as an N-terminal fusion with ACP while an epitope derived from E7 oncoprotein was fused to its C-terminus. The 885bp construct (named L2ACPE7) was cloned into Potato virus X (PVX) based vector pGR106. In our experiments we compared two different means of agrobacterium-mediated infection in N. benthamiana plants: agroinfection using either hypodermic syringe or vacuum infiltration. Furthermore, we describe the possibility of L2ACPE7 expression in an edible plant B.rapa, cv. Rapa. The presence and expression of resulting L2ACPE7 in B. rapa infected plants were confirmed by Immuno-Capture Reverse Transcription PCR (IC RT PCR), Plate-Trapped Antigen ELISA (PTA-ELISA) and SDS-PAGE/Western blot analysis and compared with the expression in N.benthamiana.
    Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 94(3):261-267. · 2.61 Impact Factor