Shakuntala Megati

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An experimental pDNA vaccine adjuvant expressing IL-12 was evaluated for its ability to augment the humoral and cellular immune responses elicited by a SIVmac239 gag p39 expressing pDNA vaccine. To determine the effect of vaccine dose on the immune response, rhesus macaques were immunized with 1.5 mg or 5.0 mg of SIVmac239 gag pDNA, with or without(More)
Of the various approaches being developed as prophylactic HIV vaccines, those based on a heterologous plasmid DNA prime, live vector boost vaccination regimen appear especially promising in the nonhuman primate/simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) challenge model. In this study, we sought to determine whether a series of intramuscular priming(More)
Since human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-specific cell-mediated immune (CMI) responses are critical in the early control and resolution of HIV infection and correlate with postchallenge outcomes in rhesus macaque challenge experiments, we sought to identify a plasmid DNA (pDNA) vaccine design capable of eliciting robust and balanced CMI responses to(More)
An experimental AIDS vaccine based on attenuated, recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV), when administered by a combination of parenteral and mucosal routes, has proven effective at preventing AIDS in a rhesus macaque model (Rose NF, et al.: Cell 2001;106:539-549). In an effort to determine the optimal route of vaccine administration we evaluated(More)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of severe lower respiratory tract illness in infants, the elderly, and other high-risk individuals. Despite years of research in this field, there is no effective licensed vaccine to prevent RSV infection. We have generated candidate RSV vaccines using a recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV)(More)
Clinical studies have demonstrated that the combination of 5-fluorouracil (FUra) and IFN-alpha has activity in the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer. Treatment of human colon carcinoma cells with IFN caused a 5-fold increase in the level of thymidine phosphorylase (TP) mRNA and an 8-fold increase in TP enzyme activity. Since TP catalyzes the first(More)
The effectiveness of plasmid DNA (pDNA) vaccines can be improved by the co-delivery of plasmid-encoded molecular adjuvants. We evaluated pDNAs encoding GM-CSF, Flt-3L, IL-12 alone, or in combination, for their relative ability to serve as adjuvants to augment humoral and cell-mediated immune responses elicited by prototype pDNA vaccines. In Balb/c mice we(More)
Given the importance of the HIV-specific cell-mediated immune response in the early control and resolution of HIV infection and the observed correlation between pre-challenge vaccine elicited CTL responses and post challenge outcome in SHIV/rhesus macaque experiments, we sought to identify several candidate plasmid DNA (pDNA) vaccine designs capable of(More)
Plasmid DNA (pDNA) vaccines are effective at eliciting immune responses in a wide variety of animal model systems, however, pDNA vaccines have generally been incapable of inducing robust immune responses in clinical trials. Therefore, to identify means to improve pDNA vaccine performance, we compared various post-transcriptional and post-translational(More)
Plasmid-based IL-12 has been demonstrated to successfully enhance the immunogenicity of DNA vaccines, thus enabling a reduction of the amount of DNA required for immunization. IL-15 is thought to affect the maintenance and enhance effector function of CD8(+) memory T cells. Since the ability to elicit a long-term memory response is a desirable attribute of(More)