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Online Journal of Bioinformatics

Volume 21(2): 168-181, 2020.

In silico multi-epitope severe fever thrombocytopenia syndrome vaccine targets virus membrane glycoprotein.


Ramya Bandarupalli1, Bhavana Kasaraneni1, Chandana Madala1, Lahari Paladugu1, Kanaka Durga Devi Nelluri2*


1Department(s) of Pharmacy Practice, 2Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology, KVSR Siddhartha College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vijayawada, India. *Corresponding Author: Dr.Nelluri Kanaka Durga Devi,




Bandarupalli R, Kasaraneni B, Madala C, Paladugu L, Devi Nelluri KD., In silico multi-epitope severe fever thrombocytopenia syndrome vaccine targets virus membrane glycoprotein, Onl J Bioinform., 21(2): 168-181, 2020. Thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) can cause ~10-30% mortality in humans currently with no vaccine or drugs for treatment. We describe an In silico multi-epitope vaccine targeting SFTSV membrane glycoprotein polyprotein to predict B and T-cell epitopes for immunogenicity, allergenicity, toxicity and conservancy. Epitopes were screened by docking with HLA alleles to generate highest immune response. The 3D model vaccine was docked with Toll-like receptor-8 by molecular dynamic simulations. Further codon adaptation of vaccine sequence was cloned in silico in plasmid pIB2 vector to ensure expression efficiency at production. Results need to be supported in vitro and in vivo for efficacy and safety.


KEYWORDS: SFTSV; Multi-epitope vaccine; membrane glycoprotein polyprotein; Immuno-informatics; Vaccine design.