A SARS-CoV-2 ferritin nanoparticle vaccine elicits protective immune responses in nonhuman primates

M. Gordon Joyce*, Hannah A.D. King, Ines Elakhal-Naouar, Aslaa Ahmed, Kristina K. Peachman, Camila Macedo Cincotta, Caroline Subra, Rita E. Chen, Paul V. Thomas, Wei Hung Chen, Rajeshwer S. Sankhala, Agnes Hajduczki, Elizabeth J. Martinez, Caroline E. Peterson, William C. Chang, Misook Choe, Clayton Smith, Parker J. Lee, Jarrett A. Headley, Mekdi G. TaddeseHanne A. Elyard, Anthony Cook, Alexander Anderson, Kathryn McGuckin Wuertz, Ming Dong, Isabella Swafford, James Brett Case, Jeffrey R. Currier, Kerri G. Lal, Sebastian Molnar, Manoj S. Nair, Vincent Dussupt, Sharon P. Daye, Xiankun Zeng, Erica K. Barkei, Hilary M. Staples, Kendra Alfson, Ricardo Carrion, Shelly J. Krebs, Dominic Paquin-Proulx, Nicos Karasavva, Victoria R. Polonis, Linda L. Jagodzinski, Mihret F. Amare, Sandhya Vasan, Paul T. Scott, Yaoxing Huang, David D. Ho, Natalia de Val, Michael S. Diamond, Mark G. Lewis, Mangala Rao, Gary R. Matyas, Gregory D. Gromowski, Sheila A. Peel, Nelson L. Michael, Diane L. Bolton, Kayvon Modjarrad*

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The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants stresses the continued need for next-generation vaccines that confer broad protection against coronavirus disease 2019. We developed and evaluated an adjuvanted SARS-CoV-2 spike ferritin nanoparticle (SpFN) vaccine in nonhuman primates. High-dose (50-μg) SpFN vaccine, given twice 28 days apart, induced a T helper cell 1 (TH1)-biased CD4 TH response and elicited neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 wild type and variants of concern, as well as against SARS-CoV-1. These potent humoral and cell-mediated immune responses translated into rapid elimination of replicating virus in the upper and lower airways and lung parenchyma of nonhuman primates after high-dose SARS-CoV-2 respiratory challenge. The immune response elicited by SpFN vaccination and resulting efficacy in nonhuman primates support the utility of SpFN as a vaccine candidate for SARS-causing betacoronaviruses.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbereabi5735
JournalScience Translational Medicine
Issue number632
StatePublished - 16 Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes


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