Design and Production of a Multiepitope Construct Derived From Hepatitis E Virus Capsid Protein

Taherkhani, Reza and Farshadpour, Fatemeh and Makvandi, Manoochehr (2015) Design and Production of a Multiepitope Construct Derived From Hepatitis E Virus Capsid Protein. Journal of Medical Virology. pp. 1-10.


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The aim of this study was to design a high density multiepitope protein, which can be a promising multiepitope vaccine candidate against Hepatitis E virus (HEV). Initially, conserved and antigenic helper T-lymphocyte (HTL) epitopes in the HEV capsid protein were predicted by in silico analysis. Subsequently, a multiepitope comprising four HTL epitopes with high-affinity binding to the HLA molecules was designed, and repeated four times as high density multiepitope construct. This construct was synthesized and cloned into pET-30a (þ) vector. Then, it was transformed and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 cells. The high density multiepitope protein was purified by Ni-NTA agarose and concentrated using Amicon filters. Finally, the immunological properties of this high density multiepitope protein were evaluated in vitro. The results showed that the high density multiepitope construct was successfully expressed and purified. SDSPAGE and Western blot analyses showed the presence of a high density multiepitope protein band of approximately 33 kDa. Approximately 1mg of the purified protein was obtained from each liter of the culture media. Moreover, the purified multiepitope protein was capable of induction of proliferation responses, IFN-g ELISPOT responses and IFN-g and IL-12 cytokines production in a significant level in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) isolated from HEV-recovered individuals compared to the control group. In conclusion, the newly produced multiepitope protein can induce significant T helper type 1 responses in vitro, and can be considered as a novel strategy for the development of HEV vaccines in the future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WC Communicable Diseases
Divisions: Faculty of Medicin
Depositing User: زهرا صفایی
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 08:17
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2018 08:17

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