Immunization withLeishmania donovaniprotein disulfide isomerase DNA construct induces Th1 and Th17 dependent immune response and protection against experimental visceral leishmaniasis in Balb/c mice

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In the present study, the efficacy of Leishmania donovani protein disulfide isomerase (LdPDI) as a DNA vaccine was evaluated in BALB/C mice. Mice immunized with the LdPDI-DNA construct were found to be the most immuno-reactive, as the construct induced higher T-cell proliferation. The increased T-cell proliferation was associated with a substantial rise in Th1 and Th17+ CD4 cell response and triggered a higher proportion of CD8+ T cells for the release of interferon-gamma along with a reduced splenic parasite load on Days20 and 60 post challenge (PC). Furthermore, the vaccine construct triggered increased interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin(IL)-17A, and IL-22 release accompanied by decreased extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) 1/2 signaling and increased mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling coinciding with an increase in the amount of nitrite and reactive oxygen species (ROS)in vaccinating the splenocyts. We summarize from our data that the PDI-DNA construct of Leishmania donovani has the potential to elicit protective immunity through the pro-inflammatory cytokines of CD8+ and CD4+(Th1 and Th17) following an intervention in the downstream signaling event of ERK1/2 (probably through p38MAPK signaling). Therefore, the study suggests a new control against visceral leishmaniasis in the future.

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