Construction and characterization of hexon-chimeric adenoviruses: Specification of adenovirus serotype Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Capsid
  • Capsid Proteins
  • Chimera
  • Mastadenovirus


  • This study has used the strategy of gene replacement to characterize the contribution of the adenovirus (Ad) capsid protein hexon to serotype definition. By replacing the Ad type 5 (Ad5) hexon gene with sequences from Ad2, we have changed the type specificity of the chimeric virus. The type-determining epitopes are primarily associated with loop 1 of hexon and, to a much lesser degree, with loop 2. In spite of the serotype distinctiveness of the chimeric hexon viruses, epitope similarity between the vectors resulted in a low level of cross-reactive neutralizing antibody, which in combination with activated cellular and innate arms of the immune system is sufficient to suppress gene transduction following readministration in vivo.

publication date

  • November 25, 1998



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC110610

PubMed ID

  • 9811772

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 10260

end page

  • 4


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