2020  1,374
2019  1,023
2018  0,932
2017  0,977
2016  0,799
2015  0,662
2014  0,740
2013  0,739
2012  0,637
2011  0,658
2010  0,654
2009  0,570
2008  0,849
2007  0,805
2006  0,330
2005  0,435
2004  0,623
2003  0,567
2002  0,641
2001  0,490
2000  0,477
1999  0,762
1998  0,785
1997  0,507
1996  0,518
1995  0,502
Vol 44(2010) N 3 p. 420-430;
P. Subbarayan1, H. Qin2, S. Pillai1, J.J. Lee3, A.P. Pfendt3, G. Willing3, M.E. Miller4, V.A. Dennis1, S.R. Singh1*

Expression and characterization of a multivalent human respiratory syncytial virus protein

1Center for NanoBiotechnology Research, Alabama State University, Montgomery, 36101, USA
2Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, 36088, USA
3Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Louisville, 40292, USA
4Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, 36849, USA

Received - 2009-09-22; Accepted - 2009-10-27

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been recognized as one of the most common causes of severe respiratory tract infection in infants worldwide. As yet, a safe and effective vaccine has not been developed to protect humans from RSV. The F and G surface proteins have been widely investigated due to their potential to induce protective immunity. In addition, the M2 protein has been shown to be important in inducing a T-cell response. Our project involved the cloning of the immunodominant regions of the RSV F, M2 and G proteins into a bacterial vector, pET-32a(+). The recombinant RFM2G protein was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified using His Bind columns. The purified rRFM2G protein was analyzed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and Western blotting. The predicted structure of the recombinant protein built by the Swiss PDB Viewer program suggested a rod shape with a distinct swollen head and neck which was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. BALB/c female mice were immunized with either RSV, rRFM2G alone, or rRFM2G in combination with flagellin as a mucosal adjuvant. Serum was collected on days 0, 14, 28 and 49 to assess the immune response by Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Intranasal immunization of mice with the rRFM2G protein yielded significantly high serum IgG titers. Co-administration of the rRFM2G protein with flagellin did not augment the serum antibody response.

RSV, rRFM2G, flagellin, antibody titer, trimer