Comparison of Dendritic Cell Activation by Virus-Based Vaccine Delivery Vectors Emphasizes the Transcriptional Downregulation of the Oxidative Phosphorylation Pathway.

Tsitoura E., Kazazi D., Oz-Arslan D., Sever E., Khalili S., Vassilaki N., ...More

Human gene therapy, vol.30, no.4, pp.429-445, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/hum.2018.161
  • Journal Name: Human gene therapy
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.429-445
  • Keywords: virus-based vaccine vectors, virus-like particles, dendritic cells, oxidative phosphorylation, adenovirus, modified vaccinia virus, IMMUNE-RESPONSES, INNATE, PARTICLES, SURVIVAL, ADENOVIRUSES, EXPRESSION, BCG
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: Yes


Antigen delivery platforms based on engineered viruses or virus-like particles are currently developed as vaccines against infectious diseases. As the interaction of vaccines with dendritic cells (DCs) shapes the immunological response, we compared the interaction of a range of virus-based vectors and virus-like particles with DCs in a murine model of systemic administration and transcriptome analyses of splenic DCs. The transcriptome profiles of DCs separated the vaccine vectors into two distinct groups characterized by high- and low-magnitude differential gene expression, which strongly correlated with (1) the surface expression of costimulatory molecules CD40, CD83, and CD86 on DCs, and (2) antigen-specific T-cell responses. Pathway analysis using PANOGA (Pathway and Network-Oriented GWAS Analysis) revealed that the JAK/STAT pathway was significantly activated by both groups of vaccines. In contrast, the oxidative phosphorylation pathway was significantly downregulated only by the high-magnitude DC-stimulating vectors. A gene signature including exclusively chemokine-, cytokine-, and receptor-related genes revealed a vector-specific pattern. Overall, this in vivo DC stimulation model demonstrated a strong relationship between the levels of induced DC maturation and the intensity of T-cell-specific immune responses with a distinct cytokine/chemokine profile, metabolic shifting, and cell surface expression of maturation markers. It could represent an important tool for vaccine design.