Immunization with a lentiviral vector stimulates both CD4 and CD8 T cell responses to an ovalbumin transgene

Helen M. Rowe, Luciene Lopes, Yasuhiro Ikeda, Ranbir Bailey, Isabelle Barde, Martin Zenke, Benjamin M. Chain, Mary K. Collins

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Lentiviral vectors encoding antigens are promising vaccine candidates because they transduce dendritic cells (DC) in vivo and prime CTL responses. Here we examine their stimulation of antigen-specific CD4+ T cells, critical for protective immunity against tumors or infectious disease. We constructed lentiviral vectors (lentivectors) expressing ovalbumin, which was secreted (OVA), cytoplasmic (OVAcyt), or fused to either invariant chain (Ii-OVA) or transferrin receptor (TfR-OVA) sequences, targeting the MHC class II presentation pathway. Murine DC infected with the various lentivectors could stimulate OT-I (CD8+, OVA TCR transgenic) T cells and all except OVAcyt could also stimulate OT-II (CD4+, OVA TCR transgenic) T cells in vitro. Direct injection of the OVA-, Ii-OVA-, or TfR-OVA-expressing vectors into mice resulted in a CD4+ T cell response, as shown by expansion of adoptively transferred OT-II T cells and upregulation of CD44 on these cells. The Ii-OVA vector was the most potent inducer of IFN-γ-secreting CD4+ and CD8+ T cells and was the only vector to protect mice completely from challenge with OVA-expressing tumor cells. Therefore directly injected lentivectors can stimulate CD4+ T cells; both CD4+ and CD8+ responses can be enhanced by targeting the antigen to the MHC class II pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-319
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Gene therapy
  • Lentiviral vector
  • T cells
  • Tumor protection
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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