Engineered trivalent immunogen adjuvanted with a STING agonist confers protection against Trypanosoma cruzi infection.
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AuthorsSanchez Alberti, Andrés
Bivona, Augusto E
Padilla, Angel M
Cazorla, Silvia I
Tarleton, Rick L
Guzmán, Carlos A
Malchiodi, Emilio L
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AbstractThe parasite Trypanosoma cruzi is the causative agent of Chagas disease, a potentially life-threatening infection that represents a major health problem in Latin America. Several characteristics of this protozoan contribute to the lack of an effective vaccine, among them: its silent invasion mechanism, T. cruzi antigen redundancy and immunodominance without protection. Taking into account these issues, we engineered Traspain, a chimeric antigen tailored to present a multivalent display of domains from key parasitic molecules, combined with stimulation of the STING pathway by c-di-AMP as a novel prophylactic strategy. This formulation proved to be effective for the priming of functional humoral responses and pathogen-specific CD8+ and CD4+ T cells, compatible with a Th1/Th17 bias. Interestingly, vaccine effectiveness assessed across the course of infection, showed a reduction in parasite load and chronic inflammation in different proof of concept assays. In conclusion, this approach represents a promising tool against parasitic chronic infections.
CitationEngineered trivalent immunogen adjuvanted with a STING agonist confers protection against Trypanosoma cruzi infection. 2017, 2:9 NPJ Vaccines
AffiliationHelmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7, 38124 Braunschweig, Germany.
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