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Ji-Rong Yang, Chieh-Yu Cheng, Chih-Yuan Chen, Chao-Hua Lin, Chuan-Yi Kuo, Hsiang-Yi Huang, Fu-Ting Wu, Yu-Chih Yang, Chia-Ying Wu, Ming-Tsan Liu*, and Pei-Wen Hsiao* (2017) A virus-like particle vaccination strategy expands its tolerance to H3N2 antigenic drift by enhancing neutralizing antibodies against hemagglutinin stalk. Antiviral Research, 2017, 140: 62-75
Seasonal influenza viruses impact public health annually due to their continual evolution. However, the current inactivated seasonal vaccines provide poor protection against antigenically drifted viruses and require periodical reformulation through hit-and-miss predictions about which strains will circulate during the next season. To reduce the impact caused by vaccine mismatch, we investigated the drift-tolerance of virus-like particles (VLP) as an improved vaccine candidate. The cross-protective humoral immunity elicited by the H3N2-VLP vaccine constructed for the 2011-2012 season was examined against viruses isolated from 2010 to 2015 in Taiwan evolving chronologically through clades 1, 4, 5, 3B and 3C, as well as viruses that were circulating globally in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Mouse immunization results demonstrated that H3N2-VLP vaccine elicited superior immunological breadth in comparison with the cognate conventional whole-inactivated virus (WIV) vaccine. Titers of neutralizing antibodies against heterologous strains representing each epidemic period in the VLP group were significantly higher than in the WIV group, indicating the antibody repertoire induced by the H3N2-VLPs was insensitive to viral antigenic drift over a span of at least 10 years. Noticeably, H3N2-VLP elicited higher levels of anti-stalk antibodies than H3N2-WIV, which offset the ineffectiveness caused by antigenic drift. This advantageous effect was attributed to the uncleaved precursor of their HA proteins. These results suggest a mechanism through which VLP-induced humoral immunity may better tolerate the evolutionary dynamics of influenza viruses and point to the possible use of a VLP vaccine as a method by which the requirement for annual updates of seasonal influenza vaccines may be diminished. link

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*2017/08/21 10:30 AM
Dr. Chia-Lin Chung (Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, National Taiwan University)
Bakanae of rice: new insights into an emerging old disease
Dr. Chung uses quantitative genetics approaches such as linkage mapping and genome-wide association mapping, in combined with molecular markers or whole-genome sequencing analysis, to dissect defense mechanisms against blast and bakanae disease in rice.
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*2017/08/28 10:30 AM
Dr. Ho-Ming Chen (Assistant Research Fellow, Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center, Academia Sinica)
Toward RNA interference 2.0: new insights into the biogenesis, action, and movement of plant small RNA

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