A combination of Flt3 ligand cDNA and CpG oligodeoxynucleotide as nasal adjuvant elicits protective secretory-IgA immunity to Streptococcus pneumoniae in aged mice

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  • Our previous study showed that a combination of a plasmid-expressing Flt3 ligand (pFL) and CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODN) as a combined nasal adjuvant elicited mucosal immune responses in aged (2-y-old) mice. In this study, we investigated whether a combination of pFL and CpG ODN as a nasal adjuvant for a pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA) would enhance PspA-specific secretory-IgA Ab responses, which could provide protective mucosal immunity against Streptococcus pneumoniae infection in aged mice. Nasal immunization with PspA plus a combination of pFL and CpG ODN elicited elevated levels of PspA-specific secretory-IgA Ab responses in external secretions and plasma in both young adult and aged mice. Significant levels of PspA-specific CD4 T cell proliferative and PspA-induced Th1- and Th2- type cytokine responses were noted in nasopharyngeal-associated lymphoreticular tissue, cervical lymph nodes, and spleen of aged mice, which were equivalent to those in young adult mice. Additionally, increased numbers of mature-type CD8, CD11b-expressing dendritic cells were detected in mucosal inductive and effector lymphoid tissues of aged mice. Importantly, aged mice given PspA plus a combination of pFL and CpG ODN showed protective immunity against nasal S. pneumoniae colonization. These results demonstrate that nasal delivery of a combined DNA adjuvant offers an attractive possibility for protection against S. pneumoniae in the elderly. Copyright © 2011 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc. +
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  • Fukuyama Y; King JD; Kataoka K; Kobayashi R; Gilbert RS; Hollingshead SK; Briles DE; Fujihashi K
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  • 186
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