A baculovirus dual expression system-based vaccine confers complete protection against lethal challenge with H9N2 avian influenza virus in mice
- Wenyao Lin†1, 2,
- Huiying Fan†1, 2,
- Xiaoliang Cheng1, 2,
- Yu Ye1, 2,
- Xiaowei Chen1, 2,
- Tao Ren1, 2,
- Wenbao Qi1, 2 and
- Ming Liao1, 2Email author
© Lin et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
Received: 8 April 2011
Accepted: 4 June 2011
Published: 4 June 2011
Avian influenza viruses of H9N2 subtype have become highly prevalent in avian species. Although these viruses generally cause only mild to moderate disease, they can infect a wide variety of species, including chickens, quail, turkeys, ducks, geese, pheasant, partridge, and pigeon, even transmitted to mammalian species, including humans, accelerating the efforts to devise protective strategies against them.
The results showed that stronger immune responses were induced in a mouse model immunized with BV-Dual-HA than in those vaccinated with a DNA vaccine encoding the same antigen. Moreover, complete protection against lethal challenge with H9N2 virus was observed in mice.
BV-Dual-HA could be utilized as a vaccine candidate against H9N2 virus infection.
KeywordsAvian influenza viruses H9N2 vaccine HA protein Baculovirus dual expression system immune response
Influenza A viruses of the H9N2 subtype have become highly prevalent in poultry in many countries, and although these viruses generally cause only mild to moderate disease, they can infect a wide variety of species, including chickens, quail, turkeys, ducks, geese, pheasant, partridge, and pigeon [1–4]. More importantly, occasional transmission of H9N2 viruses from land-based poultry to humans and pigs have been reported [5–7]. Some investigations suggest that a significant proportion of H9N2 field isolates have acquired human virus-like receptor specificity; a few that could recognize α 2,6-linked sialic acid (SAα2-6) have been transmitted directly to humans [7–10]. In addition to possessing human virus-like receptor specificity, avian H9N2 viruses induce a typical human flu-like illness, which can easily go unreported, and therefore have the opportunity to circulate, reassort, and improve transmissibility [7, 11–14]. Hence, global concern is focused on the prevention and treatment of H9N2 avian influenza virus infections.
Prevention of avian influenza is mainly through vaccination. Currently, most avian influenza vaccines used in clinics are the inactivated type, which are propagated in embryonated chicken eggs. However, the use of inactivated avian influenza vaccines can induce little or no cellular immune response; thus, it cannot provide wide and persistent protection against influenza, and it will interfere with serological monitoring. In addition, egg-based influenza vaccine production is dependent on the availability of embryonated eggs, which is at risk in the event of outbreaks of avian diseases. In view of these potential drawbacks, we sought to develop a new type of H9N2 vaccine using the Baculovirus Dual Expression System constructed in this study.
The baculovirus Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) has traditionally been an excellent tool to overexpress recombinant proteins in insect cells. Since the discovery that baculovirus is capable of entering mammalian cells and mediating transgene expression under the promoter active in mammalian cells , baculoviral vectors have been exploited as versatile vaccine vehicles to produce vaccine candidates against different pathogens.
Recently, AcMNPV has been further engineered for application as a new eukaryotic display system to express foreign proteins on the surface of the viral envelope [16–20] and formed a hedgehog-shaped "fake virus". This display system relies on the main envelope protein of AcMNPV gp64 protein, which causes the surface display of foreign proteins on the baculovirus surface. This method has been extended to develop pseudotype baculoviruses as a potential vaccine delivery platform. Several research groups have demonstrated that direct vaccination with this kind of pseudotype baculoviruses can induce high titers of antigen-specific antibodies [17, 21].
Subsequently, it was determined that some natural viral envelope proteins such as influenza hemagglutinin (HA) can be displayed on the baculovirus surface, even without fusion with gp64. Tang et al.  and Yang et al.  reported that signal peptide (SP) and cytoplasmic tail (CT) domains of gp64 can enhance the display of HA on the viral surface, while the transmembrane (TM) domain of gp64 impairs HA display. Therefore, a chimeric HA with SP and CT derived from gp64 was chosen for our study.
Combining the characteristics of baculovirus as a gene delivery vehicle and surface display system, we constructed a "Baculovirus Dual Expression System," (BV-Dual-HA), which is capable of displaying H9N2-HA protein on the surface of the viral envelope and expressing it upon transduction in mammalian cells. The main objectives of this study were: i) to effectively display functional HA on the baculoviral envelope in the hope that HA would retain superior immunogenicity upon in vivo immunization, and ii) to efficiently express HA in transduced mammalian cells. The results showed that stronger immune responses were induced in a mouse model immunized with BV-Dual-HA than in those vaccinated with a DNA vaccine encoding the same antigen. Moreover, complete protection against lethal challenge with H9N2 virus was observed in mice, indicating the potential of BV-Dual-HA as a vaccine candidate against H9N2 virus infection.
Materials and methods
Six-week-old BALB/c female mice were purchased from Southern Medicine University, Guangzhou, China, and were housed, fed in microisolator units according to the Veterinary guidelines of South China Agricultural University and all animal experiments were approved by the South China Agricultural University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
Cell lines and virus
A porcine kidney PK-15 cell line free of PCV1 contamination (ATCC CCL 33) was maintained in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (Invitrogen, USA) and supplemented with 10% (v/v) heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum (FBS; Invitrogen, USA), 100 μg/ml of streptomycin, and 100 IU/mL of penicillin. The Spodoptera frugiperda cells (sf9) used to propagate wild-type and recombinant baculoviruses were cultured in Grace's insect media (GIBCO; Invitrogen, USA) and supplemented with 10% heat-inactivated FBS at 27°C. MDCK cells were used to propagate avian influenza virus and were cultured in minimal essential medium (MEM) containing 10% fetal calf serum at 37°C.
The low-pathogenicity influenza A/Chicken/Guangzhou/V/2008(H9N2) virus was isolated in Guangdong Province, China. It is a mouse-adapted H9N2 strain that can cause infection and death in mice, and was used to challenge immunized mice in this study.
Construction of recombinant baculovirus
To construct a baculovirus transfer vector, psurf-HA, a gene lacking the N-terminal SP and C-terminal CTD but encoding the ectodomain of HA, was amplified from pc-HA plasmid (a DNA vaccine was constructed with the pcDNA3.1(+) vector expressing H9N2 HA protein in our lab; Invitrogen) and inserted between the sequences encoding the gp64 signal peptide and gp64 cytoplasmic domains of a pBACsurf-1 vector (whose gp64 ectodomain and transmembrane domain were deleted earlier; Novagen). To construct pCMV-surf-HA, a 2.3-kb fragment of a chimeric HA gene was excised from psurf-HA by digestion with Nhe I and Hind III, and inserted into the Nhe I/Hind III sites of the pcDNA3.1(+) vector (Invitrogen). The cassette consisted of the CMV-IE promoter; chimeric HA gene was amplified by PCR and subcloned into a pFastBac™ plasmid with Sal I/Hind III treatment to generate BV-Dual-HA. The resultant BV-Dual-HA plasmid thus contained separate HA genes driven by CMV-IE and Pph promoters.
Recombinant baculovirus BV-Dual-HA was produced using the Bac-to-Bac® system and was propagated in sf9 insect cells according to standard methods. Virus particles were purified by 2 rounds of sucrose gradient ultracentrifugation following standard protocols , and infectious titers were determined with the BD BacPAK baculovirus rapid titer kit (Clontech Laboratories, USA).
Purified virus particles were absorbed onto carbon-coated copper grids and incubated with a monoclonal antibody (mAb) against HA of H9N2 (prepared in our lab) for 1 h. The grids were incubated with goat anti-mouse IgG labeled with 5-nm gold particles (Sigma) for 30 min. After 3 additional PBS washes, the grids were stained with 2% phosphotungstic acid (Sigma, St. Louis, MO, USA) and examined under transmission electron microscopy (H-7500; Hitachi, Tokyo, Japan).
Indirect fluorescence assay
PK-15 cells were seeded at a concentration of 2.5 × 105 cells/well into 6-well tissue culture plates (Corning Costar Co., Cambridge, MA, USA) and transduced with purified baculovirus particles at an MOI of 10. After 48 h incubation, the cells were fixed with absolute methanol for 5 min at -20°C, rinsed with PBS, and blocked with 2% bovine serum albumin for 30 min at 37°C. The cells were then incubated with the primary anti-body (anti-HA mAb) for 1 h at 37°C, followed by 3 PBS washes. The cells were then incubated with the secondary antibody (FITC-conjugated rabbit anti-mouse IgG; Sigma) for 1 h at 37°C, followed by 3 PBS washes. Fluorescence images were examined under an inverted fluorescence microscope (Olympus IX70).
Six-week-old BALB/c female mice were randomly divided into four groups, each containing 12 mice. Three groups were vaccinated intramuscularly (i.m.) with 109 PFU of BV-Dual-HA, 109 PFU of wild-type AcMNPV (AcMNPV-WT), and 100 μg of pc-HA, respectively. On days 0 and 21. The final group was used as the control and injected with 100 μL PBS. Serum samples were collected on days 20 and 42 for serological tests. On day 42, the mice were challenged intranasally (i.n.) with 50 MLD50 (50% mouse lethal dose) of influenza A/Chicken/Guangzhou/V/2008(H9N2) and observed for clinical signs over a 14-day period. Mice were weighed daily and examined for disease. Mice that lost more than 20% body weight were humanely euthanized. Six days after challenge, 3 mice from each group were sacrificed and the lungs, brains, livers, kidneys, and spleens were harvested to examine virus replication in SPF embryonated eggs. The viral titer, expressed as EID50 (50% egg infection dose), was calculated by the Reed-Muench method.
The hemagglutination inhibition (HI) assay and virus neutralization (VN) assay were performed as described previously .
An analysis of variance and Student's t-test were used to evaluate potential differences among the different groups with regard to the humoral immune responses, viral burdens, and body weights. Differences between groups were considered significant at P < 0.05.
Construction of baculovirus dual expression system
To verify that the HA protein was displayed on the viral envelope, purified viral particles were analyzed by immunoelectron microscopy. As shown in Figure 2C, specific immunogold particles were evident on the surface of BV-Dual-HA, indicating the incorporation of chimeric HA and their display on the baculoviral envelope, whereas no gold particles were observed on the surface of AcMNPV-WT (Figure 2D). Moreover, incorporation of the chimeric HA did not alter virus morphology.
Antibody responses in immunized mice
Protection against challenge in vaccinated mice
Virus titration results of different tissue on day 6 post-challenge (log10EID50)a
Virus titration results of different tissue on day 6 post-challenge (log10EID50)b
4.05 ± 0.54
4.58 ± 0.38
1 ± 0.78
5.17 ± 0.29
In the present study, we developed a baculovirus dual expression system that possesses a gene cassette consisting of the chimeric HA gene under control of the CMV-polyhedrin dual promoter. We also investigated the efficacy of BV-Dual-HA as an avian influenza vaccine. Our results clearly show that immunization with BV-Dual-HA provided 100% protection, compared to the 66.7% and 75% protection observed with pc-HA and AcMNPV-WT immunization, respectively. After challenge, viral titers in the lungs, brains, kidneys, and spleens were determined on day 6 post-challenge. We found that all mice vaccinated with BV-Dual-HA had undetectable viral titers in these tissues, suggesting that antibodies induced by BV-Dual-HA conferred sterilizing immunity. Most mice vaccinated with pc-HA, AcMNPV-WT, or PBS had detectable lung virus titers by day 6 post-challenge. From these results, it is obvious that immunization with BV-Dual-HA can induce a robust antibody response and confer complete protection against lethal virus challenge in a mouse model, indicating that BV-Dual-HA is potential candidate vaccine that can prevent and control the pandemic spread of the H9N2 influenza virus.
BV-Dual-HA is capable of displaying HA protein on the surface of the viral envelope and expressing it upon transduction in mammalian cells, thus playing dual roles as a subunit/DNA vaccine, whereas pc-HA expressed HA and functioned like a DNA vaccine. Thus, the HA protein displayed on the envelope of BV-Dual-HA allowed it to engage antigen presenting cells (APCs) and activate the HA-specific immune reactions via the major histocompatibility complex II-mediated antigen presentation pathway, leading to more potent immune responses. Moreover, compared with the DNA vaccine, the baculovirus can directly transduce APCs [24, 25] resident in the muscle tissues, especially more efficient antigen presentation to dendritic cells (DCs), which are the most important APCs . Furthermore, Martyn et al.  reported that transduction by a recombinant baculovirus was more efficient than the transfection of conventional DNA plasmids driven by the CMV promoter in both cell lines and primary cells. The transduction of primary marmoset hepatocytes with recombinant baculovirus was 55 times more efficient than DNA transfection, highlighting a major advantage of recombinant baculovirus for the delivery of foreign genes to mammalian cells.
In this study, i.m. immunization of AcMNPV-WT alone provided 75% protection from the H9N2 influenza lethal challenge. This might be because the baculovirus envelope protein gp64 recognizes the TLR9 molecule and thus activates an innate immune response . This is consistent with a previous study that determined that intranasal immunization with wild-type baculovirus alone also provides sufficient protection from the H1N1 influenza lethal challenge , though we didn't evaluate the cellular immune responses. And there are accumulated studies have demonstrated that the baculovirus itself has the ability to induce innate immune responses through a signaling pathway that is dependent on Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9)/MyD88, which results in the production of various cytokines, including members of the IFN family [25, 28, 30]. Hervas-Stubbs reported that baculoviruses have strong adjuvant properties in mice, promoting potent humoral and CD8+ T cell adaptive responses against co-administered antigens . Besides, previously studies also have proved that baculovirus expressing PRRSV GP5 and M protein , PCV2 Cap protein , H5N1 virus HA protein , Pseudorabies virus glycoproteins could induced a high level of IFN-g responses. The unique ability of the baculovirus to induce innate and adaptive immunity may have contributed to the protection from H9N2 influenza lethal challenge.
Accumulating evidence has shown that the H9N2 virus has undergone extensive reassortment, and novel genotypes have continued to emerge and evolve into several clades; this may increase the likelihood of avian-to-human interspecies transmission [10, 14]. Thus, an ideal vaccine against the H9N2 avian influenza virus should overcome the antigenic variability of the virus. The baculovirus vector contains a large genome that enables insertion of large, foreign DNA fragments or the construction of multivalent vaccines. In subsequent studies, we plan to improve the protective range of this system using appropriate selection of HA genes derived from different clades of the H9N2 avian influenza virus for the composition of multivalent vaccines. In addition, we are also ready to co-express HA proteins and other immunogenic proteins of the H9N2 influenza virus, such as neuraminidase and M2, in order to enhance the immune response and protective efficiency.
Our study provides an alternative method of applying the baculovirus dual expression system as an immunizing reagent against the influenza virus. Considering its safety and cost-effectiveness, a simple scale-up would be sufficient to produce a high-titer recombinant baculovirus, enabling BV-Dual-HA to be utilized as an alternative strategy to prevent and control the pandemic spread of the H9N2 influenza virus.
- Tang XY, Tian GB, Zhao CS, Zhou JF, Yu KZ: Isolation and characterization of prevalent strains of avian influenza viruses in China. Chin J Prev Vet Med 1998, 20: 1-5.Google Scholar
- Guan Y, Shortridge KF, Krauss S, Webster RG: Molecular characterization of H9N2 influenza viruses: were they the donors of the "internal" genes of H5N1 viruses in Hong Kong? Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1999, 96: 9363-9367. 10.1073/pnas.96.16.9363PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Alexander DJ: A review of avian influenza in different bird species. Vet Microbiol 2000, 74: 3-13. 10.1016/S0378-1135(00)00160-7View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Munster VJ, Fouchier RAM: Avian influenza virus: Of virus and bird ecology. Vaccine 2009, 27: 6340-6344. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.02.082View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Peiris M, Yuen KY, Leung CW, Chan KH, Ip PL, Lai RW, Orr WK, Shortridge KF: Human infection with influenza H9N2. Lancet 1999, 354: 916-917. 10.1016/S0140-6736(99)03311-5View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Guo Y, Li J, Cheng X: Discovery of men infected by avian influenza A (H9N2) virus. Chinese J Exp Clin Virol 1999, 13: 105-108.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Peiris JSM, Guan Y, Markwell D, Ghose P, Webster RG, Shortridge KF: Cocirculation of avian H9N2 and contemporary "human" H3N2 influenza A viruses in pigs in southeastern China: potential for genetic reassortment? J Virol 2001, 75: 9679-9686. 10.1128/JVI.75.20.9679-9686.2001PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Saito T, Lim W, Suzuki T, Suzuki Y, Kida H, Nishimura SI, Tashiro M: Characterisation of a human H9N2 influenza virus isolated in Hong Kong. Vaccine 2001, 20: 125-133. 10.1016/S0264-410X(01)00279-1View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Choi YK, Ozaki H, Webby RJ, Webster RG, Peiris JS, Poon L, Butt C, Leung YH, Guan Y: Continuing evolution of H9N2 influenza viruses in southeastern China. J Virol 2004, 78: 8609-8614. 10.1128/JVI.78.16.8609-8614.2004PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Butt KM, Smith GJ, Chen H, Zhang LJ, Leung YH, Xu KM, Lim W, Webster RG, Yuen KY, Peiris JS, Guan Y: Human infection with an avian H9N2 influenza A virus in Hong Kong in 2003. J Clin Microbiol 2005, 43: 5760-5767. 10.1128/JCM.43.11.5760-5767.2005PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Li KS, Xu KM, Peiris JSM, Poon LLM, Yu KZ, Yuen KY, Shortridge KF, Webster RG, Guan Y: Characterization of H9 subtype influenza viruses from the ducks of southern China: a candidate for the next influenza pandemic in humans? J Virol 2003, 77: 6988-6994. 10.1128/JVI.77.12.6988-6994.2003PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Xu KM, Li KS, Smith GJ, Li JW, Tai H, Zhang JX, Webster RG, Peiris JS, Chen H, Guan Y: Evolution and molecular epidemiology of H9N2 influenza A viruses from quail in southern China, 2000 to 2005. J Virol 2007, 81: 2635-2645. 10.1128/JVI.02316-06PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Zhang P, Tang Y, Liu X, Liu W, Zhang X, Liu H, Peng D, Gao S, Wu Y, Zhang L, Lu S, Liu X: A novel genotype H9N2 influenza virus possessing human H5N1 internal genomes has been circulating in poultry in eastern China since 1998. J Virol 2009, 83: 8428-8438. 10.1128/JVI.00659-09PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Sun Y, Pu J, Jiang Z, Guan T, Xia Y, Xu Q, Liu L, Ma B, Tian F, Brown EG, Liu J: Genotypic evolution and antigenic drift of H9N2 influenza viruses in China from 1994 to 2008. Vet Microbiol 2010, 146: 215-225. 10.1016/j.vetmic.2010.05.010View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hofmann C, Sandig V, Jennings G, Rudolph M, Schlag P, Strauss M: Efficient gene-transfer into human hepatocytes by baculovirus vectors. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1995, 92: 10099-10103. 10.1073/pnas.92.22.10099PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Lu L, Yu L, Kwang J: Baculovirus surface-displayed hemagglutinin of H5N1 influenza virus sustains its authentic cleavage, hemagglutination activity, and antigenicity. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2007, 358: 404-409. 10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.04.148View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Xu XG, Liu HJ: Baculovirus surface display of E2 envelope glycoprotein of classical swine fever virus and immunogenicity of the displayed proteins in a mouse model. Vaccine 2008, 26: 5455-5460. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.07.090View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Yoshida S, Kawasaki M, Hariguchi N, Hirota K, Matsumoto M: A baculovirus dual expression system-based malaria vaccine induces strong protection against Plasmodium berghei sporozoite challenge in mice. Infect Immun 2009, 7: 1782-1789.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Yang DG, Chung YC, Lai YK, Lai CW, Liu HJ, Hu YC: Avian influenza virus hemagglutinin display on baculovirus envelope: cytoplasmic domain affects virus properties and vaccine potential. Mol Ther 2007, 15: 989-996. 10.1038/mt.sj.6300131View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Tang XC, Lu HR, Ross TM: Hemagglutinin displayed baculovirus protects against highly pathogenic influenza. Vaccine 2010, 28: 6821-6831. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.08.040View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Feng Q, Liu Y, Qu X, Deng H, Ding M, Lau TL, Yu AC, Chen J: Baculovirus surface display of SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) spike protein and immunogenicity of the displayed protein in mice models. DNA Cell Biol 2006, 25: 668-673. 10.1089/dna.2006.25.668View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- O'Reilly D, Miller L, Luckow V: Baculovirus expression vectors: a laboratory manual. New York and WH Freeman and Co; 1992.Google Scholar
- Govorkova EA, Webby RJ, Humberd J, Seiler JP, Webster RG: Immunization with reverse-genetics-produced H5N1 influenza vaccine protects ferrets against homologous and heterologous challenge. J Infect Dis 2006, 194: 159-167. 10.1086/505225View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Abe T, Hemmi H, Miyamoto H, Moriishi K, Tamura S, Takaku H, Akira S, Matsuura Y: Involvement of the toll-like receptor 9 signaling pathway in the induction of innate immunity by baculovirus. J Virol 2005, 79: 2847-2858. 10.1128/JVI.79.5.2847-2858.2005PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Abe T, Kaname Y, Wen X, Tani H, Moriishi K, Uematsu S, Takeuchi O, Ishii KJ, Kawai T, Akira S, Matsuura Y: Baculovirus induces type I interferon production through toll-like receptor-dependent and independent pathways in a cell-type-specific manner. J Virol 2009, 83: 7629-7640. 10.1128/JVI.00679-09PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Strauss R, Huser A, Ni S, Tuve S, Kiviat N, Sow PS, Hofmann C, Lieber A: Baculovirus-based vaccination vectors allow for efficient induction of immune responses against Plasmodium falciparum circumsporozoite protein. Mol Ther 2007, 15: 193-202. 10.1038/sj.mt.6300008View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Martyn JC, Dong X, Holmes-Brown S, Pribul P, Li S, Drummer HE, Gowans EJ: Transient and stable expression of the HCV envelope glycoproteins in cell lines and primary hepatocytes transduced with a recombinant baculovirus. Arch Viro 2007, 152: 329-343. 10.1007/s00705-006-0845-5View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Abe T, Matsuura Y: Host innate immune responses induced by baculovirus in mammals. Curr Gene Ther 2010, 10: 226-231. 10.2174/156652310791321279View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Abe T, Takahashi H, Hamazaki H, Miyano-Kurosaki N, Matsuura Y, Takaku H: Baculovirus induces an innate immune response and confers protection from lethal influenza virus infection in mice. J Immunol 2003, 171: 1133-1139.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hervas-Stubbs S, Rueda P, Lopez L, Leclerc C: Insect baculoviruses strongly potentiate adaptive immune responses by inducing type I IFN. J Immunol 2007, 178: 2361-2369.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wang SP, Fang LR, Fan HY, Jiang YB, Pan YF, Luo Q, Chen HC, Xiao SB: Construction and immunogenicity of pseudotype baculovirus expressing GP5 and M protein of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Vaccine 2007, 25: 8220-8227. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.09.069View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Fan HY, Pan YF, Fang LR, Wang D, Wang SP, Jiang YB, Chen HC, Xiao SB: Construction and immunogenicity of recombinant pseudotype baculovirus expressing the capsid protein of porcine circovirus type 2 in mice. J Virol Methods 2008, 150: 21-26. 10.1016/j.jviromet.2008.02.011View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wu Q, Fang L, Wu X, Li B, Luo R, Yu Z, Jin M, Chen H, Xiao S: A pseudotype baculovirus-mediated vaccine confers protective immunity against lethal challenge with H5N1 avian influenza virus in mice and chickens. Mol Immunol 2009, 13: 2210-2217.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Grabowska AK, Lipińska AD, Rohde J, Szewczyk B, Bienkowska-Szewczyk K, Rziha HJ: New baculovirus recombinants expressing Pseudorabies virus(PRV) glycoproteins protect mice against lethal challenge infection. Vaccine 2009, 27: 3584-3591. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.03.067View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.