Anti-cancer activity of plant-produced HPV16 E7 vaccine

Silvia Massa, Rosella Franconi, Rossella Brandi, Antonio Muller, Vadim Mett, Vidadi Yusibov, Aldo Venuti

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The E7 oncoprotein from Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is an attractive candidate for anti-cancer vaccine development. In this study, we engineered HPV16 E7 coding sequence (wild type or mutagenized sequence, E7GGG) as fusions to β-1,3-1,4-glucanase (LicKM) of Clostridium thermocellum and produced in Nicotiana benthamiana plants using a transient expression system. Target antigens were purified and evaluated in mice for their potential as prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine candidates. Both fusion proteins induced E7-specific IgG and cytotoxic T-cell responses and protected mice against challenge with E7-expressing tumor cells. Furthermore, when administered after challenge, these plant-produced antigens prevented tumor development. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3018 - 3021
Number of pages4
Issue number16 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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Massa, S., Franconi, R., Brandi, R., Muller, A., Mett, V., Yusibov, V., & Venuti, A. (2007). Anti-cancer activity of plant-produced HPV16 E7 vaccine. Vaccine, 25(16 SPEC. ISS.), 3018 - 3021.