Immunoinformatics approaches to explore Helicobacter Pylori proteome (Virulence Factors) to design B and T cell multi-epitope subunit vaccine.

Research paper by Mazhar M Khan, Shahzeb S Khan, Asim A Ali, Hameed H Akbar, Abrar Mohammad AM Sayaf, Abbas A Khan, Dong-Qing DQ Wei

Indexed on: 26 Nov '20Published on: 19 Sep '19Published in: Scientific Reports


Helicobacter Pylori is a known causal agent of gastric malignancies and peptic ulcers. The extremophile nature of this bacterium is protecting it from designing a potent drug against it. Therefore, the use of computational approaches to design antigenic, stable and safe vaccine against this pathogen could help to control the infections associated with it. Therefore, in this study, we used multiple immunoinformatics approaches along with other computational approaches to design a multi-epitopes subunit vaccine against H. Pylori. A total of 7 CTL and 12 HTL antigenic epitopes based on c-terminal cleavage and MHC binding scores were predicted from the four selected proteins (CagA, OipA, GroEL and cagA). The predicted epitopes were joined by AYY and GPGPG linkers. Β-defensins adjuvant was added to the N-terminus of the vaccine. For validation, immunogenicity, allergenicity and physiochemical analysis were conducted. The designed vaccine is likely antigenic in nature and produced robust and substantial interactions with Toll-like receptors (TLR-2, 4, 5, and 9). The vaccine developed was also subjected to an in silico cloning and immune response prediction model, which verified its efficiency of expression and the immune system provoking response. These analyses indicate that the suggested vaccine may produce particular immune responses against H. pylori, but laboratory validation is needed to verify the safety and immunogenicity status of the suggested vaccine design.