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Int J Med Sci ; 18(15): 3389-3394, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1409697


Current standard vaccine testing protocols take approximately 10-24 months of testing before a vaccine can be declared successful. Sometimes by the time a successful vaccine is out for public use, the outbreak may already be over. With no vaccine or antiviral drug available to treat the infected, we are left with the age-old methods of isolation, quarantine, and rest, to arrest such a viral outbreak. Convalescent blood therapy and covalent plasma therapy have often proved effective in reducing mortality, however, the role of innate and adaptive immune cells in these therapies have been overlooked. Antigen presenting cells (APCs), CD4+ T memory cells, CD8+ T memory cells, and memory B-Cells all play a vital role in sustainable defense and subsequent recovery. This report incorporates all these aspects by suggesting a novel treatment therapy called selective convalescent leukapheresis and transfusion (SCLT) and also highlights its potential in vaccination. The anticipated advantages of the proposed technique outweigh the cost, time, and efficiency of other available transfusion and vaccination processes. It is envisioned that in the future this new approach could serve as a rapid emergency response to subdue a pathogen outbreak and to stop it from becoming an epidemic, or pandemic.

COVID-19/therapy , Immunotherapy/methods , Antigen-Presenting Cells/cytology , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Blood Transfusion , CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes/cytology , CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes/cytology , COVID-19 Vaccines , Cytokines/metabolism , Humans , Immunization, Passive/methods , Immunologic Factors , Leukapheresis , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2
Biotechnol J ; 15(12): e2000100, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-650634


Biotinylated peptide amphiphile (Biotin-PA) nanofibers, are designed as a noncovalent binding location for antigens, which are adjuvants to enhance, accelerate, and prolong the immune response triggered by antigens. Presenting antigens on synthetic Biotin-PA nanofibers generated a higher immune response than the free antigens delivered with a cytosine-phosphate-guanine oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODN) (TLR9 agonist) adjuvant. Antigen attached Biotin-PA nanofibers trigger splenocytes to produce high levels of cytokines (IFN-γ, IL-12, TNF-α, and IL-6) and to exhibit a superior cross-presentation of the antigen. Both Biotin-PA nanofibers and CpG ODN induce a Th-1-biased IgG subclass response; however, delivering the antigen with Biotin-PA nanofibers induce significantly greater production of total IgG and subclasses of IgG compared to delivering the antigen with CpG ODN. Contrary to CpG ODN, Biotin-PA nanofibers also enhance antigen-specific splenocyte proliferation and increase the proportion of the antigen-specific CD8(+) T cells. Given their biodegradability and biocompatibility, Biotin-PA nanofibers have a significant potential in immunoengineering applications as a biomaterial for the delivery of a diverse set of antigens derived from intracellular pathogens, emerging viral diseases such as COVID-19, or cancer cells to induce humoral and cellular immune responses against the antigens.

Adjuvants, Immunologic/chemistry , Nanofibers/chemistry , Peptides/chemistry , Peptides/immunology , Adjuvants, Immunologic/administration & dosage , Animals , Antigen Presentation , Antigen-Presenting Cells/cytology , Antigen-Presenting Cells/immunology , Antigens/administration & dosage , Antigens/chemistry , Biocompatible Materials/chemistry , Biotechnology , Biotin/analogs & derivatives , Cytokines/metabolism , Drug Design , Immunity, Cellular , Immunity, Humoral , In Vitro Techniques , Male , Mice, Inbred BALB C , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Nanofibers/administration & dosage , Nanofibers/ultrastructure , Ovalbumin/administration & dosage , Ovalbumin/immunology , Peptides/administration & dosage , Protein Engineering