Replicon Particle Vaccine for White Spot Syndrome Virus in Marine Shrimp

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2010-00150
Amount: $79,700.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.7
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2325 N LOOP DR, Ames, IA, 50010
DUNS: 021642490
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kurt Kamrud
 (919) 909-1726
Business Contact
 Kurt Kamrud
Title: null
Phone: (919) 909-1726
Research Institution
WSSV is the most serious disease in farmed marine shrimp causing considerable financial losses throughout the last decade across the globe. It infects a wide variety of crustacean hosts including numerous species of wild and cultured marine shrimp, crayfish, and prawns. Although a multitude of vaccination strategies have been attempted with mixed results, no viable commercial product exists on the market. Our preliminary data demonstrate that Alphavirus replicon particles (RP) and a Sindbis (SIN) virus vector infect and express green fluorescent protein in shrimp following injection. Evidence also exists in other invertebrates that oral exposure through immersion has been a successful challenge model with other Alphaviruses. It is proposed that utilizing alphaviruses or alphavirus replicon particles would provide an effective platform for gene expression for mass WSSV vaccination of farmed shrimp.

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