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Novel constructs and 1-step chromatography protocols for the production of Porcine Circovirus 2d (PCV2d) and Circovirus 3 (PCV3) subunit vaccine candidates

Peswani, Amber R., Narkpuk, Jaraspim, Krueger, Anja, Bracewell, Daniel G., Lekcharoensuk, Porntippa, Haslam, Stuart M., Dell, Anne, Jaru-Ampornpan, Peera, Robinson, Colin (2022) Novel constructs and 1-step chromatography protocols for the production of Porcine Circovirus 2d (PCV2d) and Circovirus 3 (PCV3) subunit vaccine candidates. Food and Bioproducts Processing, 131 . pp. 125-135. ISSN 0960-3085. (doi:10.1016/j.fbp.2021.10.001) (KAR id:92550)

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Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) has been a major problem for the pig production industry worldwide for decades. While the majority of commercially available vaccines are based on the original PCV2a genotype, the current dominant genotype is PCV2d. The notable differences between genotypes could lead to incomplete cross-protection. Moreover, most current subunit PCV2 vaccines are generated from expensive insect cell culture technology. In this work, we present a new workflow for production of an updated and relatively inexpensive PCV2d vaccine candidate. After expression in fed-batch Escherichia coli fermentation systems with a simple one-step ion-exchange chromatography purification protocol, the yield of purified PCV2d-based antigen reached over 1 g per litre bacterial culture. Using similar procedures, we also demonstrated even higher PCV2d-based antigen yields from a chimeric PCV2d-PCV3 capsid construct, which is cleaved during fermentation to release PCV2d- and PCV3-related polypeptides. Although the PCV2d-based recombinant protein from this protocol did not form viral-like particles as analysed by size-exclusion chromatography, it could effectively induce capsid-specific and PCV2d-neutralising antibodies in immunised animals, indicating significant potential as a new vaccine candidate that can be easily manufactured at commercial scale.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.fbp.2021.10.001
Uncontrolled keywords: Veterinary vaccine, porcine circovirus
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
Funders: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (
Depositing User: Colin Robinson
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 09:53 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:42 UTC
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