Immunomodulation induced through ornithine decarboxylase DNA immunization in Balb/c mice infected withLeishmania donovani

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We report here a Leishmania donovani ornithine decarboxylase (Ld-ODC) gene used as a DNA vaccine against visceral leishmaniasis in a murine Balb/c mouse model. This study also evaluated the possible mechanism of action directed by this candidate. We found a Th1 immune response after immunization using an Ld-ODC DNA vaccine, with results based on the rearrangement of TCR-V-α-2, proliferation of Carboxy fluorescein Succinimidyle ester positive T cells, which were able to produce cytokines such as TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-12 and IL-2, but not IL-4, IL-5, IL-6 and IL-10, and modulations of the STAT-1 and p38 MAP kinase signaling pathways. The results were corroborated with the reduction in the amastigote proliferation and parasite killing in spleens after infection in vitro. We conclude this study suggesting that the Ld-ODC DNA construct could be a new vaccine candidate against visceral leishmaniasis.

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