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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2012, Article ID 878657, 7 pages
Research Article

The Immunogenicity of the Tumor-Associated Antigen α-Fetoprotein Is Enhanced by a Fusion with a Transmembrane Domain

1INSERM U948, Biothérapies Hépatiques, CHU Hotel Dieu, 44093 Nantes Cedex, France
2Transgene SA, Boulevard Gonthier d’Andernach, 67405 Illkirch Graffenstaden, France

Received 11 October 2011; Revised 10 November 2011; Accepted 10 November 2011

Academic Editor: Abdel A. Abdel-Rahman

Copyright © 2012 Lucile Tran et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. To investigate the ability of recombinant modified vaccinia virus Ankara (rMVA) vector to induce an immune response against a well-tolerated self-antigen. Methods. rMVA vectors expressing different form of α-fetoprotein (AFP) were produced and characterized. Naïve mice were vaccinated with MVA vectors expressing the AFP antigen in either a secreted, or a membrane-bound, or an intracellular form. The immune response was monitored by an IFNΓ ELISpot assay and antibody detection. Results. Vaccination with the membrane-associated form of AFP induced a stronger CD8+ T-cell response compared to the ones obtained with the MVA encoding the secreted or the intracellular forms of AFP. Moreover, the vaccination with the membrane-bound AFP elicited the production of AFP-specific antibodies. Conclusions. The AFP transmembrane form is more immunogenic. Expressing a membrane-bound form in the context of an MVA vaccination could enhance the immunogenicity of a self-antigen.