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Virus-expressing host costimulation molecules

Virus-expressing host costimulation molecules


Inventors: Lynda A. Morrison, Lydia G. Thebeau, Jane E. Schrimpf

An antiviral vaccine that encodes costimulation molecules for increasing immune response to the particular virus at issue is provided herein. In an illustrative embodiment, in mice lacking both B7-1 and B7-2 (B7KO), the increased severity of HSV infection has confirmed the importance of these molecules in generation of HSV-specific immunity. To test the concept that B7-1 or B7-2 expression by replication-defective HSV could augment its immunogenicity and protective capacity, the present inventors constructed replication-defective HSV-2 encoding B7-1 or B7-2. Both viruses partially reconstituted immune responses to HSV compared with replication-defective virus alone when used to immunize B7KO mice, indicating that the increased responsiveness to virus could be attributed to virus-encoded B7 molecules.

U.S. pending

Stephanie Kimzey, MBA

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