Intratracheal gene delivery with adenoviral vector induces elevated systemic IgG and mucosal IgA antibodies to adenovirus and beta-galactosidase

Hum Gene Ther. 1995 Jul;6(7):895-903. doi: 10.1089/hum.1995.6.7-895.


One major concern about using adenoviral vectors for repetitive gene delivery to lung epithelial cells is the induction of an immune response to the vector, thus, impeding effective gene transduction. To assess the immune response to the adenoviral vector, repetitive intratracheal (i.t.) gene dosing was performed in CD-1 mice using the replication-deficient adenovirus 5 (Ade5) vector carrying the lacZ gene, and compared to the antibody responses induced by conventional intranasal (i.n.) and intraperitoneal (i.p.) routes of immunization. Kinetics of serum IgG, IgA, and IgM antibody responses to the adenoviral vector and to beta-galactosidase (beta-Gal) were evaluated. Two or three adenoviral vector doses given by i.t., i.n., or i.p. routes resulted in serum IgG titers in excess of 1:200,000, whereas serum IgM and IgA were moderately induced. Analysis of the predominant murine IgG subclass was determined to be IgG2b and IgG2a. To determine the localization of this antibody response, the ELISPOT assay was employed. Lymphocytes were isolated from the lung, the lower respiratory lymph nodes (LRLN), the nasal passages (NP), and the spleen. For i.t- and i.n.-administered mice, the highest IgA spot-forming cell (SFC) response to Ade5 and beta-Gal was located in the NP and in the lung. Both the lung and the LRLN showed elevated numbers of IgG SFCs (4- to 12-fold greater than splenic IgG SFC response) for Ade5 and beta-Gal. This evidence suggests that the lung and associated lymphoid tissues were the source for serum antibodies.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adenoviridae / genetics
  • Adenoviridae / immunology*
  • Adenoviridae Infections / immunology
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Viral / biosynthesis*
  • Gene Transfer Techniques*
  • Genetic Vectors / genetics
  • Genetic Vectors / immunology*
  • Immunoglobulin A / biosynthesis
  • Immunoglobulin G / biosynthesis
  • Mice
  • Neutralization Tests
  • Trachea* / immunology
  • beta-Galactosidase / immunology


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Immunoglobulin A
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • beta-Galactosidase