Journal article

Electrostatic-mediated enhancement of protein antigen immunogenicity using charged TLR2-targeting lipopeptides

Brendon Y Chua, David Pejoski, Stephen J Turner, Weiguang Zeng, David C Jackson, R Spier (ed.)

5TH VACCINE AND ISV ANNUAL GLOBAL CONGRESS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2012

Abstract

The low immunogenicities exhibited by most soluble proteins are in general due to the absence of any molecular signatures that are recognized by the immune system as dangerous. We show here that electrostatic binding of synthetic branched cationic or anionic lipopeptides that contain the TLR2 agonist Pam2Cys can markedly enhance protein immunogenicity. High protein-specific antibody titres in animals were achieved by vaccination with formulations containing lipopeptide and protein of opposite charge. This response was not totally dependent on electrostatic binding because vaccination with similarly charged constituents also resulted in the induction of strong, albeit lower, antibody titres. ..

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