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A biomimetic nanoparticle-enabled toxoid vaccine against melittin

Authors Kang T, Li C, Du T, Wu Y, Yang Y, Liu X, Zhang Q, Xu X, Gou M

Received 7 November 2017

Accepted for publication 24 January 2018

Published 1 June 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 3251—3261


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Linlin Sun

Tianyi Kang,1 Chenyang Li,1,2 Ting Du,1 Yujiao Wu,1 Yuping Yang,1 Xuan Liu,1 Qianqian Zhang,1 Xiaoping Xu,3 Maling Gou1,4

1State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, People’s Republic of China; 2Shanghai Institutes for Biological Science, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai 200031, People’s Republic of China; 3West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, People’s Republic of China; 4Co-Innovation Center for Micro/Nano Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, Chongqing 402160, People’s Republic of China

Background: Melittin, the main active peptide ingredient of bee venom, can cause severe cell membrane lysis due to its robust interaction with negatively charged phospholipids. So far, no effective anti-melittin vaccine has been developed to protect people from undesired melittin intoxication.
Methods: Herein, we prepared a polydiacetylene (PDA) nanoparticle with cell membrane-mimic surface to complex melittin, forming an anti-melittin vaccine (PDA–melittin).
Results: PDA nanoparticles could effectively combine with melittin and neutralize its toxicity. PDA–melittin nanocomplex is demonstrated to enhance melittin uptake by DCs and stimulate strong melittin-specific immunity. Mice immunized with PDA–melittin nanocomplex showed higher survival rate after exposion to melittin than untreated mice.
Conclusion: The PDA–melittin nanocomplex can efficiently and safely generate a specific immunity against melittin to protect body from melittin intoxication, providing a new method with potential clinical application for the treatment of melittin intoxication.

Keywords: PDA nanoparticles, melittin, toxoid vaccine, immunity

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