Bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) is a major cause of respiratory disease in calves. The BRSV genome encodes two major glycoproteins, G and F, which are the major targets for the host antibody response. We have expressed the F glycoprotein in insect cells (Sf9) using a recombinant baculovirus vector. A comparison of the F protein expressed in mammalian and insect cells by SDS-PAGE showed that only part of the baculovirus-produced protein was soluble and processed like the native protein. The antigenicity of the soluble form of the F protein expressed in insect cells was identical to that of the F protein expressed in mammalian cells. Immunization with the F protein expressed in insect cells induced neutralizing antibodies in mice. This antigenic preparation adjuvanted with Quil-A produced an increased neutralizing antibody titer and induced protection.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Archives of virology|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|