A peptide prime-DNA boost immunization protocol provides significant benefits as a new generation Aβ42 DNA vaccine for Alzheimer disease

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Immunotherapy has the potential to provide a possible treatment therapy to prevent or delay Alzheimer disease. In a clinical trial (AN1792) in which patients received this immunotherapy and received active Aβ1-42 peptide immunizations, treatment was stopped when 6% of patients showed signs of meningoencephalitis. Follow up on these patients led to the conclusion that the antibody response was beneficial in removing Aβ1-42 from brain but an accompanying inflammatory Th1 T cell response was harmful. As a safe alternative treatment targeting the same self protein, Aβ1-42, in brain, we and others are working on a DNA Aβ1-42 immunization protocol as the immune response to DNA immunizations differs in many aspects from immunizations with peptide antigens. Because the immune response to DNA vaccination has different kinetics and has a significantly lower antibody production, we evaluated two different prime boost regimens, Aβ1-42 DNA prime/Aβ1-42 peptide boost and Aβ1-42 peptide prime/Aβ1-42 DNA boost for their effectiveness in antibody production and possible side effects due to inflammatory T cell responses. While both boost regimes significantly enhanced the specific antibody production with comparable antibody concentrations, the absence of the Aβ1-42 T cell response (no proliferation and no cytokine production) is consistent with our previous findings using this DNA Aβ1-42 trimer immunization and greatly enhances the safety aspect for possible clinical use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neuroimmunology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 15 2013



  • Alzheimer disease
  • Amyloid beta 1-42
  • Antibody production
  • DNA vaccination
  • Immunotherapy
  • Regulatory immune response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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