GENERATION OF BACULOVIRUS-BRUCELLA ABORTUS HEAT SHOCK PROTEIN RECOMBINANTS; MICE IMMUNE RESPONSES AGAINST THE RECOMBINANTS, AND B. ABORTUS SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE AND L7/L12 RECOMBINANT PROTEINS
None of the mice inoculated with individual, divalent or trivalent HSP-expressing Sf9 cells combined with Freund's were protected against challenge and the Sf9 cell-induced response masked the recombinant protein-specific CMI responses. Recombinant HSPs were purified and combined with Ribi. Although significant IFN-g release was induced by immunization with the HtrA-Ribi combination, no mice were protected against challenge. Priming with vaccinia virus-GroEl recombinant and boosting with purified baculovirus-GroEL protein-Ribi combination did not induce protection. Androstenediol did not enhance in vivo resistance to challenge. IL-12 alone did not activate splenocytes but induced significant IFN-g release in mice when combined with killed B. abortus RB51 vaccine, purified recombinant HtrA or purified SOD proteins, or L7/L12 expressing Escherichia coli cells. Significant protection was induced by SOD combined with IL-12. No correlation was seen between IFN-g release by splenocytes and protection against challenge in the SOD/IL-12-immunized mice.
The results suggest that B. abortus HSPs are not highly immunogenic in mice and though various immune responses may be induced by one or another HSPs, protective immune response, unfortunately, is not among them. The results of this study reflect the difficulties in experimenting with immune responses against single or a limited number of recombinant B. abortus proteins. This is particularly true when the task includes induction of a protective immune response and finding significant correlation between different types of immune response assays.
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