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This project involves basic science HIV vaccine research. We propose to develop and test two vaccine candidates. Both vaccine projects will involve molecular biological techniques to construct the vaccines and test them for expression. The first project involves the construction of a Cytomegalovirus-based vaccine vector expressing green fluorescent protein and SIV gene inserts. The second project involves the development of a complex DNA vaccine based on a fusion protein of two trimerized proteins: one of gp140 and the other of a TNF superfamily molecule. Other innate immune molecules will also be tested for potential incorporation into the model. Small animal models and in vivo methods will be used to examine immunogenicity. Further testing involving immunological methods as well as molecular and retrovirology will be done in rabbits and nonhuman primates.
- Kaposi's Sarcoma
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Common Scientific Outline (CSO) Research Areas
- 3.4 Prevention Vaccines