Abstract Title:

Rapid-Release Griffithsin Fibers for Dual Prevention of HSV-2 and HIV-1 Infections.

Abstract Source:

Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2020 May 21 ;64(6). Epub 2020 May 21. PMID: 32229493

Abstract Author(s):

Kevin M Tyo, Amanda B Lasnik, Longyun Zhang, Alfred B Jenson, Joshua L Fuqua, Kenneth E Palmer, Jill M Steinbach-Rankins

Article Affiliation:

Kevin M Tyo


The biologic griffithsin (GRFT) has recently emerged as a candidate to safely prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). However, to date, there are few delivery platforms that are available to effectively deliver biologics to the female reproductive tract (FRT). The goal of this work was to evaluate rapid-release polyethylene oxide (PEO), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) fibers that incorporate GRFT in(HIV-1 and HSV-2) and(HSV-2) infection models. GRFT loading was determined via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and the bioactivity of GRFT fibers was assessed usingHIV-1 pseudovirus and HSV-2 plaque assays. Afterwards, the efficacy of GRFT fibers was assessed in a murine model of lethal HSV-2 infection. Finally, murine reproductive tracts and vaginal lavage samples were evaluated for histology and cytokine expression, 24 and 72 h after fiber administration, to determine safety. All rapid-release formulations achieved high levels of GRFT incorporation and were completely efficacious againstHIV-1 and HSV-2 infections. Importantly, all rapid-release GRFT fibers provided potent protection in a murine model of HSV-2 infection. Moreover, histology and cytokine levels, evaluated from collected murine reproductive tissues and vaginal lavage samples treated with blank fibers, showed no increased cytokine production or histological aberrations, demonstrating the preliminary safety of rapid-release GRFT fibers in vaginal tissue.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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