Author(s): McGinnes LW, Pantua H, Laliberte JP, Gravel KA, Jain S,
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Abstract Virus-like particles (VLPs) released from avian cells expressing the Newcastle disease virus (NDV) strain AV proteins NP, M, HN (hemagglutinin-neuraminidase), and F were characterized. The VLP-associated HN and F glycoproteins directed the attachment of VLPs to cell surfaces and fusion of VLP membranes with red blood cell membranes, indicating that they were assembled into VLPs in an authentic conformation. These particles were quantitatively prepared and used as an immunogen, without adjuvant, in BALB/c mice. The resulting immune responses, detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), virus neutralization, and intracellular cytokine staining, were comparable to the responses to equivalent amounts of inactivated NDV vaccine virus. HN and F proteins from another strain of NDV, strain B1, could be incorporated into these VLPs. Foreign peptides were incorporated into these VLPs when fused to the NP or HN protein. The ectodomain of a foreign glycoprotein, the Nipah virus G protein, fused to the NDV HN protein cytoplasmic and transmembrane domains was incorporated into ND VLPs. Thus, ND VLPs are a potential NDV vaccine candidate. They may also serve as a platform to construct vaccines for other pathogens.
This article was published in J Virol
and referenced in Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense