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Antibodies against a multiple-peptide conjugate comprising chemically modified human immunodeficiency virus type-1 functional Tat peptides inhibit infection

Authors
Journal
Peptides
0196-9781
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.peptides.2006.11.007
Keywords
  • Hiv-Tat
  • Peptides
  • Aids
  • Vaccination
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract We demonstrated recently that selective side-chain modification of functional cysteine-rich (Tat 21–40) and arginine-rich (Tat 53–68) domains of the HIV-1 Tat protein blocks pathogenic activities of these peptides while retaining their immunological characteristics. In the present study, we have synthesized a multiple-peptide conjugate system comprising modified Tat 21–40 and Tat 53–68 peptides (HIV-1-Tat-MPC). Immunization of mice with this highly homogeneous 10.7 kDa HIV-1-Tat-MPC synthetic construct induced an effective immune response in mice. The antibodies generated against HIV-1-Tat-MPC efficiently suppressed Tat-induced viral replication and significantly reduced HIV-associated cytopathic effects in human monocytes. These results indicate that epitope-specific antibodies directed against functional sites of Tat protein using non-pathogenic peptides inhibit HIV pathogenesis. The HIV-1-Tat-MPC, therefore, has potential for the development of a safe, effective, and economical therapeutic vaccine to reduce the progression of HIV infection.

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