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Call Senior Fellowship (SF)
Programme EDCTP1
Start Date 2011-03-10
End Date 2013-03-09
Project Code TA.2010.40200.016
Status Completed


Pre-clinical evaluation of dendritic cell targeted consensus B, C, CRFO2_AG and MOSAIC HIV gag protein vaccines in PBMC from chronically infected patients in Central Africa


To examine if a DC targeted consensus B HIV gag p24 protein vaccine could recall in vitro pre-existing gag specific T cells in PBMCs of subjects chronically infected with unrelated HIV-1 strains prevalent in Africa To compare in terms of magnitude, breadth, and depth T cell responses recalled in vitro in PBMCs of subjects chronically infected with HIV-1 in central Africa by 4 four different DC targeted HIV gag p24 protein vaccines based on CRFO2_AG, C, B and MOSAIC HIV gag sequences, which are designed to address the problems associated with HIV-1 diversity.

Host Organisation

Institution Country
CIRCB Cameroon
CIRCB Cameroon
CIRCB Cameroon


Name Institution Country
Vittorio Colizzi International Reference Centre Chantal Biya (CIRCB) Cameroon
Ralph Steinman The Rockerfeller University United States
Klaus Uerberla Ruhr University Bochum Germany

Study Design

Laboratory pre-clinical evaluation of dendritic cell antigens and HIV gag protein vaccines

Students Supervised

Type Name Title University Start Date End Date
Msc Nji Nadesh: Ms faculty of health sciences of the university Buea, Cameroon 2010 2012
Msc MENGUE NDJANA Sonia Nina Ms the department of Biomedical sciences of the University of Ngoundere, Cameroon 2016 2018
Msc TAKOUA DOLINE Ms the department of Biomedical sciences of the University of Ngoundere, Cameroon 2016 2018
Msc Fangnang Ndeyong Tatiana Ms The department of biochemistry of the Yaounde University 1, Cameroon 2012 2014
Msc clavair mbai-oulam Mr The department of biochemistry of the Yaounde University 1, Cameroon 2012 2014
Msc Ghislain Donald Njambe Priso Mr the department of animal biology and physiology of the Yaounde University 1, Cameroon 2012 2014

Results & Outcomes

The project contributed to training of 4 PhD students, 2 MSc and 1 nurse. The EDCTP funds have been used to purchase a number of equipment. The project has established links with University of Yaounde 1, Institut Pasteur Cameroon, Case Western Reserve University and Tromsø Science Park of Norway.


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