Previous studies from our group showed that a Salmonella-HIV vector vaccine that expressed recombinant HIV-1 envelope protein gp120 stably in the vector cytoplasm elicited type 1 helper T cell (Th1) responses to gp120. Despite the promise of such vaccines, a major limitation in their use was that multiple immunizations were required to elicit even small responses. For this reason, we sought a modified vector configuration that would induce more potent gp120-specific T cell responses exhibiting a broader spectrum of effector functions after a single inoculation. In this article we describe the construction and immunogenicity of a Salmonella-HIV vector that displays a truncated derivative of HIV-1(IIIB) envelope in the periplasm of the vector. A single oral dose of this Salmonella vector, called H683(pW58- asd+), generated a gp120-specific proliferation response in the spleen 14 days after immunization. In agreement with our previous findings, the gp120- specific splenic CD4+ T cells elicited by H683(pW58-asd+) displayed a Th1 phenotype; however, gp120-specific splenic CD4+ Th2 cells were also evident. In addition, this strain induced strong gp120-specific IgA antibody-secreting cell (ASC) responses in the intestinal lamina propria and mesenteric lymph nodes. As many as 2% of the total lamina propria and mesenteric lymph node IgA ASCs were found to be specific for gp120 28 days after a single oral dose of H683(pW57-asd+). Because the proliferative response following a single dose of H683(pW58-asd+) was comparable to that seen previously after three doses of an analogous construct expressing recombinant gp120 in the cytoplasm, these observations suggest that Salmonella-vectored secreted HIV- 1 antigens elicit higher T cell responses than their cytoplasmically bound analogs.
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- Infectious Diseases