Immunization using genetic expression libraries may be an improvement over conventional DNA immunization using a single gene because more epitopes are simultaneously presented to the immune system. In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of an HIV-2 vaccine made from a genomic expression library in baboons. We found that HIV-2 expression library immunization induced HIV-2-specific memory responses but low levels of CD8+ cell anti-viral responses and neutralizing antibodies. After intravenous virus challenge using a homologous pathogenic variant, HIV-2UC2/9429, viral loads were similar in the HIV-2-immunized and control baboons. We conclude that although immunization using HIV-2 expression libraries induces immune responses, this approach does not provide protection in baboons against intravenous challenge with HIV-2.
- DNA vaccine
- Expression library immunization
- Gene immunization