Vaccine strategies that utilize cell mediated immunity to control infection will be a necessary component of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vaccines. In previous studies we have shown that a Listeria monocytogenes recombinant expressing HIV-Gag elicits strong CD8+ and CD4+ T cell responses against HIV Gag in addition to its own secreted proteins. Here, we show that Lm-Gag can protect mice against a viral challenge with a recombinant vaccinia virus expressing Gag, in an antigen specific manner, and that this protection is T cell mediated. These results further support the use of L. monocytogenes as a vaccine approach for HIV through the induction of T cell immunity.
- Listeria monocytogenes
- T cells
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases