Dual-targeting nanoparticle vaccine elicits a therapeutic antibody response against chronic hepatitis B

Wenjun Wang, Xiaoxiao Zhou, Yingjie Bian, Shan Wang, Qian Chai, Zhenqian Guo, Zhenni Wang, Ping Zhu, Hua Peng, Xiyun Yan, Wenhui Li, Yang Xin Fu, Mingzhao Zhu

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Chronic hepatitis B is caused by prolonged infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which can substantially increase the risk of developing liver disease. Despite the development of preventive vaccines against HBV, a therapeutic vaccine inducing an effective antibody response still remains elusive. The preS1 domain of the large HBV surface protein is the major viral attachment site on hepatocytes and thus offers a therapeutic target; however, its poor immunogenicity limits clinical translation. Here, we design a ferritin nanoparticle vaccine that can deliver preS1 to specific myeloid cells, including SIGNR1+ dendritic cells (which activate T follicular helper cells) and lymphatic sinus-associated SIGNR1+ macrophages (which can activate B cells). This nanoparticle vaccine induces a high-level and persistent anti-preS1 response that results in efficient viral clearance and partial serological conversion in a chronic HBV mouse model, offering a promising translatable vaccination strategy for the functional cure of chronic hepatitis B.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-416
Number of pages11
JournalNature Nanotechnology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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