Exploring heterologous prime-boost vaccination approaches to enhance influenza control in pigs

Chong Li, Marie R. Culhane, Maxim Cheeran, Lucina Galina Pantoja, Micah L. Jansen, Deborah Amodie, Martha A. Mellencamp, Montserrat Torremorell

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Influenza A viruses evolve rapidly to escape host immunity. In swine, this viral evolution has resulted in the emergence of multiple H1 and H3 influenza A virus (IAV) lineages in the United States (US) pig populations. The heterologous prime-boost vaccination strategy is a promising way to deal with diverse IAV infection in multiple animal models. However, whether or not this vaccination strategy is applicable to US swine to impart immunity against infection from North American strains of IAV is still unknown. We performed a vaccination-challenge study to evaluate the protective efficacy of using multivalent inactivated vaccine and/or a live attenuated IAV vaccine (LAIV) in pigs following multiple prime-boost vaccination protocols against a simultaneous H1N1 and H3N2 IAV infection. Our data show that pigs in the heterologous prime-boost vaccination group had more favorable outcomes consistent with a better response against virus challenge than non-vaccinated pigs. Additionally, delivering a multivalent heterologous inactivated vaccine boost to pigs following a single LAIV administration was also beneficial. We concluded the heterologous prime boost vaccination strategy may potentiate responses to suboptimal immunogens and holds the potential applicability to control IAV in the North American swine industry. However, more studies are needed to validate the application of this vaccination approach under field conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number89
JournalVeterinary research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 9 2020

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Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledged the funding from Zoetis.

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  • Disease control
  • Heterologous prime-boost vaccination
  • Influenza A virus
  • Pig


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