Vaccine design is at the forefront of therapeutic development. Candidate proteins for recombinant vaccine design are expressed as soluble proteins lacking the native transmembrane domain. These proteins are often fused with multimerization domains to stabilize the native oligomeric state of the candidate protein. However, these multimerization domains can elicit off-target immune responses, raising concerns regarding risks of unintended immunogenicity. Thus, there is a need to eliminate potential off-target effects of recombinant vaccine candidates that contain multimerization domains such as the foldon domain.
To address this, researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed glycoengineered foldon domains to include N-linked glycosylation motifs. Foldon domains that are glycosylated may produce a lower immune response than foldon domains that are not glycosylated, when administered to a subject.
|Patent Cooperation Treaty||Published Application||WO 2023/015262||03/09/2023||2021-990|
vaccine design, recombinant protein vaccines, foldon, immunosilencing, glycoengineering, glycosylation