Protection against leishmaniasis by injection of DNA encoding a major surface glycoprotein, gp63, of L. major

Immunology. 1995 Feb;84(2):173-6.


cDNA encoding the highly conserved major surface glycoprotein, gp63, of Leishmania major was cloned, together with a signal sequence, into an eukaryotic expression vector, pCDNAI, which carries the human cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter. This construct, pCMV/glycoprotein 63 (gp63), when injected into the skeletal muscle of BALB/c mice expressed sustained levels of gp63 in the muscle tissue for at least 40 days. Spleen and lymph node cells from the immunized mice produced significant amounts of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) but no detectable IL-4 when cultured with L. major antigens in vitro. The immunized mice also developed significant resistance against L. major infection compared to control mice injected with the empty plasmid. These results suggest that nucleic acid vaccine is effective against parasite infections.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibody Formation
  • DNA, Protozoan / administration & dosage
  • DNA, Protozoan / immunology*
  • Injections, Intramuscular
  • Leishmania major / immunology
  • Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous / immunology
  • Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous / prevention & control*
  • Metalloendopeptidases / genetics
  • Metalloendopeptidases / immunology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Muscle, Skeletal / immunology


  • DNA, Protozoan
  • Metalloendopeptidases
  • glycoprotein gp63, Leishmania