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Ultrasonic synthetic technique to manufacture a pHEMA nanopolymeric-based vaccine against the H6N2 avian influenza virus: a preliminary investigation

Poinern, G.E.J., Le, X.T., Shan, S., Ellis, T., Fenwick, S., Edwards, J. and Fawcett, D. (2011) Ultrasonic synthetic technique to manufacture a pHEMA nanopolymeric-based vaccine against the H6N2 avian influenza virus: a preliminary investigation. International Journal of Nanomedicine, 6 . pp. 2167-2174.

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    Abstract

    This preliminary study investigated the use of poly (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (pHEMA) nanoparticles for the delivery of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) vaccine pCAG-HAk, which expresses the full length hemagglutinin (HA) gene of the avian influenza A/Eurasian coot/Western Australian/2727/1979 (H6N2) virus with a Kozak sequence which is in the form of a pCAGGS vector. The loaded and unloaded nanoparticles were characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscopy. Further characterizations of the nanoparticles were made using atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering, which was used to investigate particle size distributions. This preliminary study suggests that using 100 µg of pHEMA nanoparticles as a nanocarrier/adjuvant produced a reduction in virus shedding and improved the immune response to the DNA vaccine pCAG-HAk.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
    School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    Publisher: Dove Press
    Copyright: © 2011 Poinern et al
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6158
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