Type I interferon inhibits antibody responses induced by a chimpanzee adenovirus vector

Scott E Hensley, Ann S Cun, Wynetta Giles-Davis, Yan Li, Zhiquan Xiang, Marcio O Lasaro, Bryan Raymond George Williams, Robert H Silverman, Hildegund C J Ertl

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Recent studies have indicated that type I interferon (IFN) enhances antibody responses and promotes isotype switching. In this study, we analyzed the role of type I IFN signaling during the generation of transgene product-specific antibody responses elicited by recombinant adenovirus (Ad) vectors. A vector derived from a human Ad serotype (AdHu5) induced low levels of type I IFN following infection of dendritic cells (DCs) and stimulated normal transgene product-specific antibody responses in mice that have a defective type I IFN receptor (IFNAR(-/-)). A vector derived from a chimpanzee Ad serotype (AdC68) induced very high levels of type I IFN following infection of DCs, and surprisingly, primed stronger transgene product-specific antibody responses in IFNAR(-/-) mice compared to wild-type mice. The increased antibody response in IFNAR(-/-) mice vaccinated with the AdC68 vector was mainly due to the generation of IgG1 antibodies that were not elicited in wild-type mice. The induction of IgG1 antibodies correlated with an increase in transgene product expression in IFNAR(-/-) mice and was not associated with an increase in T helper 2 responses. We conclude that type I IFN, when induced at high levels, can downregulate transgene product expression of Ad vectors and inhibit the formation of optimal antibody responses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393 - 403
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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