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DNA plasmid vaccine carrying Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) major outer membrane and human papillomavirus 16L2 proteins for anti-Ct infection

Ledan Wang, Yiqi Cai, Yirong Xiong, Wangqi Du, Danwei Cen, Chanqiong Zhang, Yiling Song, Shanli Zhu, Xiangyang Xue and Lifang Zhang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:33241-33251. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16601

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Ledan Wang1, Yiqi Cai3, Yirong Xiong2, Wangqi Du2, Danwei Cen2, Chanqiong Zhang2, Yiling Song2, Shanli Zhu2, Xiangyang Xue2, Lifang Zhang2

1Department of Gynecology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou 325035, Zhejiang, China

2Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Molecular Virology and Immunology, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou 325035, Zhejiang, China

3Department of Gastrointestinal, The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou 325035, Zhejiang, China

Correspondence to:

Lifang Zhang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: Chlamydia trachomatis, major outer membrane protein, multi-epitopes, human papillomavirus, vaccine

Received: February 06, 2017     Accepted: March 15, 2017     Published: March 27, 2017


Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) is one of the most frequently encountered sexual infection all over the world, yielding tremendous reproductive problems (e.g. infertility and ectopic pregnancy) in the women. This work described the design of a plasmid vaccine that protect mice from Ct infection, and reduce productive tract damage by generating effective antibody and cytotoxic T cell immunity. The vaccine, s was composed of MOMP multi-epitope and HPV16L2 genes carried in pcDNA plasmid (i.e. pcDNA3.1/MOMP/HPV16L). In transfection, the vaccine expressed the chimeric genes (i.e. MOMP and HPV16L2), as demonstrated via western blot, RT-PCR and fluorescence imaging. In vitro, the vaccine transfected COS-7 cells and expressed the proteins corresponding to the genes carried in the vaccine. Through intramuscular immunization in BALB/c mice, the vaccine induced higher levels of anti-Ct IgG titer, anti-HPV16L2 IgG titer in serum and IgA titer in local mucosal secretions, compared to plasmid vaccines that carry only Ct MOMP multi-epitope or HPV16L2 chimeric component only. In mice intravaginally challenged with Ct, the vaccines pcDNA3.1/MOMP/HPV16L2 generated a higher level of genital protection compared to other vaccine formulations. Additionally, histochemical staining indicated that pcDNA3.1/MOMP/HPV16L2 eliminated mouse genital tract tissue pathologies induced by Ct infection. This work demonstrated that pcDNA/MOMP/HPV16L2 vaccine can protect against Ct infection by regulating antibody production, cytotoxic T cell killing functions and reducing pathological damage in mice genital tract. This work can potentially offer us a new vaccine platform against Ct infection.

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