Enhancing DNA vaccine potency by combining a strategy to prolong dendritic cell life and intracellular targeting strategies with a strategy to boost CD4+ T cell

Daejin Kim, Talia Hoory, T. C. Wu, Chien Fu Hung

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Abstract

Intradermal administration of DNA vaccines, using a gene gun, represents an effective means of delivering DNA directly into professional antigen-presenting cells (APCs) in the skin and thus allows the application of strategies to modify the properties of APCs to enhance DNA vaccine potency. In the current study, we hypothesized that the potency of human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 E7 DNA vaccines employing intracellular targeting strategies combined with a strategy to prolong the life of dendritic cells (DCs) could be further enhanced by the addition of a DNA vaccine capable of generating high numbers of pan-HLA-DR reactive epitope (PADRE)-specific CD4+ T cells. We observed that the addition of PADRE DNA to E7 DNA vaccines employing intracellular targeting strategies with a strategy to prolong the life of DCs led to significant enhancement of E7-specific CD8+ effector and memory T cells as well as significantly improved therapeutic effects against established E7-expressing tumors in tumor-challenged mice. Our data suggest that the potency of a DNA vaccine combining an intracellular targeting strategy as well as a strategy to prolong the life of DCs can be further enhanced by addition of DNA that is capable of generating high numbers of PADRE-specific CD4+ T cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1129-1139
Number of pages11
JournalHuman gene therapy
Volume18
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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