EPITOPE VACCINE DESIGN FOR VARIANT 2 STRAINS CIRCULATING IN IRAQ AND THE MIDDLE EASTAbstract
Infectious bronchitis virus causes infectious bronchitis in chickens. Variant 2 is a virulent strain circulating in the Middle East, Iraq is one of them, which harbor the strain at high rate causes a severe economic loos. Sequences of variable S1 glycoprotein were collected, consensus sequence derived and used in computational epitope vaccine design. The results gave one B cell epitope “DFMYGSYHPKCDFRPETIN” with very high antigenic score. T cell (CTL) epitope prediction produced four epitopes “QTQTAQSGY, FNFSFLSSF, FSFLSSFVY, NSLSVSLAY” with desirable criteria and react with many MHC I alleles, and docked with BF2*21:01 and BF2.0401 chicken MHC I molecules. T helper cell epitopes prediction gave eight epitopes “GYYNFNFSFLSSFVY, KFIVYRETSVNTTLV, LTNFTFTNVSNALPN, TG GVNTINIYQTQTA, TINIYQTQTAQSGYY, YNFNFSFLSSFVYKQ, NNGL WFNSLSVSLAY, NGLWFNSLSVSLAYG” reacting with many MHC II alleles. These epitopes can be used for preparation of vaccine to be investigated in wet lab experiments.
Z. M. Al-Khafaji * and A. B. Mahmood
Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology for Postgraduate Studies, University of Baghdad, Iraq.
19 April, 2018
07 July, 2018
18 July, 2018
01 December, 2018