Selection-based design of in silico dengue epitope ensemble vaccines

David Murphy, Pedro Reche, Darren R Flower

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Dengue virus affects approximately 130 countries. 25% of infections result in febrile, self‐limiting illness; heterotypic infection results in potentially fatal Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever or Dengue Shock Syndrome. Only one vaccine is currently available. Its efficacy is very variable. Thus, to target Dengue, we used an innovative immunoinformatic protocol to design a putative epitope ensemble vaccine by selecting an optimal set of highly‐conserved epitopes with experimentally‐verified immunogenicity. From 1597 CD4+ and MHC II epitopes, 6 MHC Class I epitopes (RAVHADMGYW, GPWHLGKLEM, GLYGNGVVTK, NMIIMDEAHF, KTWAYHGSY, WAYHGSYEV) and 9 MHC Class II epitopes (LAKAIFKLTYQNKVV, GKIVGLYGNGVVTTS, AAIFMTATPPGSVEA, AAIFMTATPPGTADA, GKTVWFVPSIKAGND, KFWNTTIAVSMANIF, RAIWYMWLGARYLEF, VGTYGLNTFTNMEVQ, WTLMYFHRRDLRLAA) were selected; this candidate vaccine achieved a world population coverage of 92.49%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Biology and Drug Design
Issue number1
Early online date25 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.© 2018 The Authors.


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