Enhancing neutralizing antibody production by an interferon-inducing porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus strain

Rong Wang, Yueqiang Xiao, Tanja Opriessnig, Yi Ding, Ying Yu, Yuchen Nan, Zexu Ma, Patrick G Halbur, Yan-Jin Zhang

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Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus (PRRSV) continues to cause substantial economic losses to the global swine industry. PRRSV appears to inhibit synthesis of type I interferons (IFNs), such as IFN-α and -β, which are critical for the innate immunity and play an important role in the modulation of adaptive immunity. An atypical PRRSV strain, A2MC2, is able to induce type I IFNs in vitro. In this study, A2MC2 induction of neutralizing antibodies in vivo was compared with the Ingelvac PRRS modified live virus (MLV) vaccine strain and VR-2385 (a moderate virulent strain). Three-week-old pigs were exposed to these PRRSV strains via intranasal or intramuscular routes to also account for a possible effect of inoculation routes. The interferon-inducing A2MC2 resulted in earlier onset and significantly higher levels of PRRSV neutralizing antibodies than the MLV. In addition, the A2MC2-induced neutralizing antibodies were capable of neutralizing VR-2385, a heterologous strain. The pigs exposed via intranasal route had higher titers of neutralizing antibodies than those injected via intramuscular route. Macroscopic and microscopic lung lesions 14 days post-exposure indicated that A2MC2 had similar virulence in vivo as VR-2385. Pulmonary alveolar macrophages (PAMs) collected during the necropsy 14 days post-exposure in the A2MC2 group had higher level expression of IFN-γ than the MLV group. These results indicate that A2MC2 can be further explored for development of an improved vaccine against PRRS.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVaccine
VolumeE-pub 21 September
Early online date21 Sept 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2013

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