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Recombinant rabies virus with the glycoprotein fused with a DC-binding peptide is an efficacious rabies vaccine

Yachun Zhang, Ming Zhou, Yingying Li, Zhaochen Luo, Huanchun Chen, Min Cui, Zhen F. Fu and Ling Zhao _

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Oncotarget. 2018; 9:831-841. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.23160

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Yachun Zhang1,2, Ming Zhou1,2, Yingying Li1,2, Zhaochen Luo1,2, Huanchun Chen1,2, Min Cui1,2, Zhen F. Fu1,2,3 and Ling Zhao1,2

1State Key Laboratory of Agricultural Microbiology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China

2College of Veterinary Medicine, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China

3Department of Pathology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA

Correspondence to:

Ling Zhao, email: [email protected]

Keywords: rabies virus; dendritic cells; DC-binding peptides; rabies vaccine

Received: September 14, 2017     Accepted: November 15, 2017     Published: December 11, 2017


Our previous studies demonstrated that recruiting and/or activating dendritic cells (DCs) enhanced the immunogenicity of recombinant rabies viruses (rRABV). In this study, rRABV LBNSE with a small DC-binding peptide (designated as rLBNSE-DCBp) or a negative control peptide (designated as rLBNSE-DCCp) fused to the glycoprotein (G) was constructed and rescued. As expected, significantly more activated DCs were detected in rLBNSE-DCBp-immunized mice than those immunized with rLBNSE or rLBNSE-DCCp. Subsequently, significantly more generation of TFH and GC B cells were observed in rLBNSE-DCBp immunized mice than those in rLBNSE or rLBNSE-DCCp-immunized mice. In addition, significantly higher levels of virus neutralizing antibodies (VNAs) were observed in mice immunized with rLBNSE-DCBp than those immunized with rLBNSE or rLBNSE-DCCp, resulting in a better protection of rLBNSE-DCBp immunized mice against the lethal challenge. Taken together, our results suggest that rRABV with G fused with DCBp is a promising rabies vaccine candidate.

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