Bovine Herpesvirus Type 4 (BoHV-4) Vector Delivering Nucleocapsid Protein of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus Induces Comparable Protective Immunity against Lethal Challenge in IFN alpha/beta/gamma R-/- Mice Models

Farzani T. A. , Foldes K., Hanifehnezhad A., Ilce B. Y. , BİLGE DAĞALP S., Khiabani N. A. , ...Daha Fazla

VIRUSES-BASEL, cilt.11, sa.3, 2019 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 11 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3390/v11030237
  • Dergi Adı: VIRUSES-BASEL


Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is the causative agent of a tick-borne infection with a significant mortality rate of up to 40% in endemic areas, with evidence of geographical expansion. Due to a lack of effective therapeutics and control measures, the development of a protective CCHFV vaccine remains a crucial public health task. This paper describes, for the first time, a Bovine herpesvirus type 4 (BoHV-4)-based viral vector (BoHV4- increment TK-CCHFV-N) and its immunogenicity in BALB/c and protection potential in IFN alpha/beta/gamma R-/- mice models in comparison with two routinely used vaccine platforms, namely, Adenovirus type 5 and a DNA vector (pCDNA3.1 myc/His A), expressing the same antigen. All vaccine constructs successfully elicited significantly elevated cytokine levels and specific antibody responses in immunized BALB/c and IFN alpha/beta/gamma R-/- mice. However, despite highly specific antibody responses in both animal models, the antibodies produced were unable to neutralize the virus in vitro. In the challenge experiment, only the BoHV4- increment TK-CCHFV-N and Ad5-N constructs produced 100% protection against lethal doses of the CCHFV Ank-2 strain in IFN alpha/beta/gamma R-/- mice. The delivery platforms could not be compared due to similar protection rates in IFN alpha/beta/gamma R-/- mice. However, during the challenge experiment in the T cell and passive antibody transfer assay, BoHV4- increment TK-CCHFV-N was dominant, with a protection rate of 75% compared to others. In conclusion, vector-based CCHFV N protein expression constitutes an effective approach for vaccine development and BoHV-4 emerged as a strong alternative to previously used viral vectors.