Fusion protein Ag85B-MPT64190-198-Mtb8.4 has higher immunogenicity than Ag85B with capacity to boost BCG-primed immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis in mice

Yu Luo, Bingxiang Wang, Lina Hu, Hongjuan Yu, Zejiao Da, Wenwen Jiang, Nannan Song, Yaqing Qie, Honghai Wang, Zhijiao Tang, Qiaoyang Xian, Ying Zhang, Bingdong Zhu

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Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major infectious disease worldwide despite chemotherapy and BCG vaccine. The efficacy of the current TB vaccine BCG varies from 0 to 80%. New vaccines that have better protection than BCG or have the capability to boost BCG-primed immunity are urgently needed. We have previously constructed a fusion protein Ag85B-MPT64190-198-Mtb8.4 (AMM). In this study, we investigated the immunogenicity of the fusion protein AMM in a novel adjuvant of dimethyl-dioctyldecyl ammonium bromide and BCG polysaccharide nucleic acid (DDA-BCG PSN), and its capacity to boost BCG-primed immunity. The anti-Ag85B antibodies IgG1 and IgG2a were determined using ELISA and the number of spleen cells secreting IFN-γ was determined by ELISPOT. In addition, the ability of the subunit vaccine AMM to boost BCG-primed immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis was analyzed. The fusion protein AMM induced more effective humoral and cell-mediated immune responses in mice than Ag85B alone. Mice primed with BCG vaccination followed by boosting with AMM produced a stronger immune response and afforded a better protection against M. tuberculosis infection than mice immunized with BCG alone or BCG priming followed by boosting with Ag85B. These findings suggest that AMM is a promising candidate subunit vaccine to enhance the protective efficiency of BCG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6179-6185
Number of pages7
Issue number44
StatePublished - Oct 19 2009


  • BCG
  • Fusion protein
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Polysaccharide nucleic acid adjuvant
  • Prime-boost
  • Subunit vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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