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Clinical and Developmental Immunology
Volume 2011, Article ID 516219, 11 pages
Research Article

Newborn Mice Vaccination with BCG.HIVA222 + MVA.HIVA Enhances HIV-1-Specific Immune Responses: Influence of Age and Immunization Routes

1AIDS Research Unit, Hospital Clínic/IDIBAPS-HIVACAT, University of Barcelona, Calle Villarroel 170, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
2MRC Human Immunology Unit, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford University and The John Radcliffe, Oxford OX3 9DS, UK
3Unitat Tuberculosi Experimental, Institut “Germans Trias i Pujol”, Carretera del Canyet S/N, Badalona 08916, Barcelona, Spain

Received 15 September 2010; Accepted 1 February 2011

Academic Editor: Eiji Matsuura

Copyright © 2011 Narcís Saubi 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.


We have evaluated the influence of age and immunization routes for induction of HIV-1- and M. tuberculosis-specific immune responses after neonatal (7 days old) and adult (7 weeks old) BALB/c mice immunization with BCG.HIVA222 prime and MVA.HIVA boost. The specific HIV-1 cellular immune responses were analyzed in spleen cells. The body weight of the newborn mice was weekly recorded. The frequencies of HIV-specific CD8+ T cells producing IFN-γ were higher in adult mice vaccinated intradermally and lower in adult and newborn mice vaccinated subcutaneously. In all cases the IFN-γ production was significantly higher when mice were primed with BCG.HIVA222 compared with BCGwt. When the HIV-specific CTL activity was assessed, the frequencies of specific killing were higher in newborn mice than in adults. The prime-boost vaccination regimen which includes BCG.HIVA222 and MVA.HIVA was safe when inoculated to newborn mice. The administration of BCG.HIVA222 to newborn mice is safe and immunogenic and increased the HIV-specific responses induced by MVA.HIVA vaccine. It might be a good model for infant HIV and Tuberculosis bivalent vaccine.