DNA vaccine delivery by densely-packed and short microprojection arrays to skin protects against vaginal HSV-2 challenge

Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA.
Vaccine (Impact Factor: 3.62). 11/2010; 28(47):7483-91. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.09.014
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There is an unmet medical need for a prophylactic vaccine against herpes simplex virus (HSV). DNA vaccines and cutaneous vaccination have been tried for many applications, but few reports combine this vaccine composition and administration route. We compared DNA administration using the Nanopatch™, a solid microprojection device coated with vaccine comprised of thousands of short (110 μm) densly-packed projections (70 μm spacing), to standard intramuscular DNA vaccination in a mouse model of vaginal HSV-2 infection. A dose-response relationship was established for immunogenicity and survival in both vaccination routes. Appropriate doses administered by Nanopatch™ were highly immunogenic and enabled mouse survival. Vaginal HSV-2 DNA copy number day 1 post challenge correlated with survival, indicating that vaccine-elicited acquired immune responses can act quickly and locally. Solid, short, densely-packed arrays of microprojections applied to the skin are thus a promising route of administration for DNA vaccines.

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    • "Mouse DNA genomes were measured with a real-time quantitative PCR primer/probe cocktail amplifying the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene (part 4308313, ABI, Foster City, CA). Methods used for DNA extraction and determination of copy number in the vaginal swabs and DRG have been previously described[32,43,46]. "
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    • "Furthermore, in order to forgo the requirement for animal models for in vivo studies of cutaneous DNA vaccination, a human skin organ culture ex vivo system has been developed for analyzing expression levels and immunological activation over a prolonged period of 72 hours [8]. Another study examined the effects of DNA vaccination of plasmids that encode a low dose of the vaginal herpes simplex virus (HSV) protein gD2, and proved that the immune response was comparable to that of conventional intramuscular DNA vaccination at a high dose, and provided protection against lethal challenge with vaginal HSV-2 in a mouse model [47]. In another study, positively charged poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid nanoparticles were coated with DNA plasmid solution expressing anthrax protective antigen, and the vaccine solution was used to immunize mice by dripping the solution onto skin that were pretreated with microneedle rollers [48]. "
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    • "ELISAs were performed as previously described [43]. Antibody titers for the unchallenged animals immunized as for the ELISPOT assay study were calculated as follows: splines were fitted to the dilution data in GraphPad Prism 5 and the inverse of the dilution required to give an OD of 0.5 was taken as the titer. "
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