Non-replicating vectors containing a nucleotide sequence coding for an F protein of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and a promoter for such sequence, preferably a cytomegalovirus promoter, are described for in vivo immunization. The nucleotide sequence encloding the RSV F protein may lack a sequence encoding the homologous signal peptide but possessing a heterologous signal peptide enhancing RSV F protein expression. Such non-replicating vectors, including plasmids, also may contain a further nucleotide sequence located adjacent to the RSV F protein encoding sequence to enhance the immunoprotective ability of the RSV F protein when expressed in vivo. Such non-replicating vectors may be used to immunize a host against disease caused by infection with RSV, including a human host, by administration thereto, and may be formulated as immunogenic compositions with pharmaceutically-acceptable carriers for such purpose. Such vectors also may be used to produce antibodies for detection of RSV infection in a sample.
Li; Xiaomao (Toronto, CA), Ewasyshyn; Mary E. (Thornhill, CA), Sambhara; Suryaprakash (Markham, CA), Klein; Michel H. (Willowdale, CA)
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