Antivenom production against Bothrops jararaca and Bothrops erythromelas snake venoms using cross-linked chitosan nanoparticles as an immunoadjuvant
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In Brazil, envenomation by snakes of the genus Bothrops is clinically relevant, particularly for the species Bothrops jararaca and B. erythromelas. The most effective treatment for envenomation by snakes is the administration of antivenoms associated with adjuvants. Novel adjuvants are required to reduce side effects and maximize the efficiency of conventional serum and vaccine formulations. The polymer chitosan has been shown to have immunoadjuvant properties, and it has been used as a platform for delivery systems. In this context, we evaluated the potential immunoadjuvant properties of chitosan nanoparticles (CNPs) loaded with B. jararaca and B. erythromelas venoms in the production of sera against these venoms. Stable CNPs were obtained by ionic gelation, and mice were immunized subcutaneously for 6 weeks with 100 mu L of each snake venom at concentrations of 5.0 or 10.0% (w/w), encapsulated in CNPs or associated with aluminium hydroxide (AH). The evaluation of protein interactions with the CNPs revealed their ability to induce antibody levels equivalent to those of AH, even with smaller doses of antigen. In addition, the CNPs were less inflammatory due to their modified release of proteins. CNPs provide a promising approach for peptide/protein delivery from snake venom and will be useful for new vaccines.
Soares KSR, Gláucia-Silva F, Daniele-Silva A, Torres-Rêgo M, Araújo NK, Menezes YAS, et al. Antivenom production against Bothrops jararaca and Bothrops erythromelas snake venoms using cross-linked chitosan nanoparticles as an immunoadjuvant. Toxins. 2018 Apr;10(4):158. doi:10.3390/toxins10040158.
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