Gold nanoparticles as an adjuvant: Influence of size, shape, and technique of combination with CpG on antibody production

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Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are advantageous as an adjuvant in the design of effective vaccines and in the preparation of high-affinity antibodies to haptens and complete antigens. Another method of activating immunocompetent cells with colloidal gold is to conjugate GNPs with CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs). We examined how the size and shape of GNPs and various combinations of GNPs and CpG ODNs 1826 affect the immune response. When animals were injected with a model antigen (BSA) coupled to gold nanospheres (diameters, 15 and 50 nm), nanorods, nanoshells, and nanostars, the titers of the resultant antibodies differed substantially. The antibody titers decreased in the sequence GNPs-50 nm > GNPs-15 nm > nanoshells > nanostars > nanorods > native BSA. We conclude that 50 and 15 nm gold nanospheres are the optimal antigen carrier and adjuvant for immunization. The highest titer of anti-BSA antibodies was detected in the blood serum of mice immunized simultaneously with BSA–GNP and CpG–GNP conjugates.Graphical abstractHighlightA modern trend in the use of GNP for vaccination is the combination of GNP and CpG.Gold nanospheres 15 nm is the optimal antigen carrier and adjuvant for immunization.BSA–GNP and CpG–GNP conjugates are the optimal construction for immunization.

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