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Human papillomavirus 16L1-58L2 chimeric virus-like particles elicit durable neutralizing antibody responses against a broad-spectrum of human papillomavirus types

Xue Chen, Hongyang Liu, Zhirong Wang, Shuo Wang, Ting Zhang, Meili Hu, Liang Qiao _ and Xuemei Xu

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:63333-63344. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.19327

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Xue Chen1, Hongyang Liu1, Zhirong Wang1, Shuo Wang1, Ting Zhang1, Meili Hu1, Liang Qiao2,3,4 and Xuemei Xu1

1Department of Biophysics and Structural Biology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, School of Basic Medicine, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100005, China

2Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, Illinois 60153, USA

3Biotherapy Center, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan 450052, China

4Institute of Precision Medicine, Jining Medical University, Jining, Shandong 272067, China

Correspondence to:

Liang Qiao, email: [email protected]

Xuemei Xu, email: [email protected]

Keywords: human papillomavirus, HPV58 L2, chimeric virus-like particle, vaccine, cross-neutralizing antibodies

Received: April 28, 2017     Accepted: June 19, 2017     Published: July 18, 2017


The neutralizing antibodies elicited by human papillomavirus (HPV) major capsid protein L1 virus-like particle (VLP)-based vaccines are largely type-specific. An HPV vaccine inducing cross-neutralizing antibodies broadly will be cost-effective and of great value. To this end, we constructed HPV16L1-58L2 chimeric VLP (cVLP) by displaying HPV58 L2 aa.16-37 on the DE surface region of HPV16 L1. We found that vaccination with the HPV16L1-58L2 cVLP formulated with alum plus monophosphoryl lipid A (Alum-MPL) adjuvant elicited robust neutralizing antibodies in both mice and rabbits against all tested HPV types including HPV16/31/33/35/52/58 (genus α9), HPV18/39/45/59/68 (genus α7), HPV6/11 (genus α10), HPV2/27/57 (genus α4), and HPV5 (genus β1). Importantly, the cross-neutralizing antibody response was maintained at least 82 weeks in mice or 42 weeks in rabbits, and complete protection against HPV58 was observed at week 85 in mice. Our data demonstrate that HPV16L1-58L2 cVLP is an excellent pan-HPV vaccine candidate.

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