A Yellow Fever 17D Virus Replicon-Based Vaccine Platform for Emerging Coronaviruses

N.D. Oreshkova, Sebenzile K. Myeni, Niraj Mishra, Irina C. Albulescu, Tim J. Dalebout, Eric J. Snijder, Peter J. Bredenbeek, Kai Dallmeier, Marjolein Kikkert

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The tremendous global impact of the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, as well as other current and recent outbreaks of (re)emerging viruses, emphasize the need for fast-track development of effective vaccines. Yellow fever virus 17D (YF17D) is a live-attenuated virus vaccine with an impressive efficacy record in humans, and therefore, it is a very attractive platform for the development of novel chimeric vaccines against various pathogens. In the present study, we generated a YF17D-based replicon vaccine platform by replacing the prM and E surface proteins of YF17D with antigenic subdomains from the spike (S) proteins of three different betacoronaviruses: MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV and MHV. The prM and E proteins were provided in trans for the packaging of these RNA replicons into single-round infectious particles capable of expressing coronavirus antigens in infected cells. YF17D replicon particles expressing the S1 regions of the MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV spike proteins were immunogenic in mice and elicited (neutralizing) antibody responses against both the YF17D vector and the coronavirus inserts. Thus, YF17D replicon-based vaccines, and their potential DNA- or mRNA-based derivatives, may constitute a promising and particularly safe vaccine platform for current and future emerging coronaviruses. View Full-Text
Original languageEnglish
Article number1492
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Coronavirus
  • MERS-CoV
  • Neutralizing antibodies
  • RBD
  • S1
  • SARS-CoV
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Spike protein
  • Vaccine platform
  • YF17D
  • YFV-17D


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