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Journal of Parasitology Research
Volume 2012, Article ID 654279, 7 pages
Research Article

Induction of Cellular Immune Response by DNA Vaccine Coexpressing E. acervulina 3-1E Gene and Mature CHIl-15 Gene

1College of Veterinary Medicine, Northeast Agricultural University, No. 59 Mucai Street, Gongbin Road, Xiangfang District, Harbin 150030, China
2College of Food Science, Northeast Agricultural University, China

Received 18 January 2012; Revised 12 April 2012; Accepted 13 April 2012

Academic Editor: José F. Silveira

Copyright © 2012 Dexing Ma 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 previously reported that the chimeric DNA vaccine pcDNA-3-1E-linker-mChIL-15, fused through linking Eimeria acervulina 3-1E encoding gene and mature chicken IL-15 (mChIL-15) gene with four flexible amino acid SPGS, could significantly offer protection against homologous challenge. In the present study, the induction of cellular immune response induced by the chimeric DNA vaccine pcDNA-3-1E-linker-mChIL-15 was investigated. Spleen lymphocyte subpopulations were characterized by flow cytometric analysis. The spleen lymphocyte proliferation assays were measured by 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-y1]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) method. The mRNA profiles of ChIL-2 and ChIFN-γ in spleen were characterized by means of real-time PCR. Chickens immunized with pcDNA-3-1E-linker-mChIL-15 exhibited significant upregulated level of ChIL-2 and ChIFN-γ transcripts in spleen following two immunizations compared with chickens in other groups (P<0.01). In comparison with pcDNA3.1-immunized and control groups, lymphocyte proliferation, percentage of CD8α+ cell, and levels of ChIL-2 and ChIFN-γ transcripts in the group immunized with pcDNA-3-1E-linker-mChIL-15 were significantly increased on day 6 following challenge (P<0.05, P<0.01, and P<0.01, resp.). Our data suggested that the fusion antigen 3-1E-linker-mChIL-15 could be a potential candidate for E. acervulina vaccine development.