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The length of the ORF was 357?bp. raised IgG titres in the sera, strong proliferation of splenocytes, and increased secretion of IL-2 and IFN- when compared with the control group. When the mice were orally challenged XY1 with infection. is an obligate intracellular protozoan that invades the nucleated cells of humans and many other mammals. is the causative agent of toxoplasmosis. About one-third of worlds population has been infected by [1]. Healthy individuals are usually asymptomatic; however, patients with AIDS or other immunosuppressive diseases may exhibit encephalitis and blindness or even die [2]. In pregnant women, toxoplasmosis can lead to abortion, stillbirth, fetal abnormalities, and congenital toxoplasmosis [3]. In addition, toxoplasmosis in domestic animals can result in substantial economic losses to the farming industry and threaten the health of humans who eat undercooked meat [4]. Currently, no specific medicine is available to prevent and cure the disease. Therefore, an effective vaccine against infection is required [5]. The first commercial vaccine for toxoplasmosis was used to control abortion in sheep [6]. However, this vaccine from the live-attenuated S48 strain was not appropriate for humans because it could revert to the pathogenic strain [7]. Subsequently, many studies focused on crude inactivated antigen vaccines, subunit vaccines, and DNA vaccines, but there is no currently available vaccine to prevent infection in humans [8, 9]. Further studies are required to screen for efficacious target antigens and deliver them to produce appropriate protective immunity via XY1 an optimal administration strategy [5]. depends on gliding motility to invade host cells, and it needs power obtained from actin filament polymerization and turn-over [10]. actin depolymerizing factor (TgADF) promotes efficient turn-over of actin filaments via weak severing of filaments and strong sequestering of monomers [11, 12]. As early as 1997, TgADF had been identified, and recombinant TgADF (rTgADF) could bind actin monomers and depolymerize F-actin [13]. BALB/c mice vaccinated with pVAX1-TgADF or rTgADF displayed specific humoral and cellular immune responses, prolonged survival time, ENSA and reduced brain cyst load [14, 15]. Therefore, TgADF is a promising vaccine candidate. Previous studies have shown that the survival time of mice intramuscularly immunized with pVAX1-TgADF or rTgADF was longer than that of the control groups, but it was not statistically significant [14, 15]. In addition, the mice were challenged intraperitoneally with tachyzoites of infection is caused by the ingestion of an oocyst, cyst, or pseudocyst. The intestinal mucosal barrier provides the initial defense to prevent the infection. It is logical to pursue a vaccination approach that elicits a potent defense at the invasion site and maintains long-lasting protective immunity [16]. As a result, the nasal route is suitable for eliciting mucosal and systemic XY1 immune responses [17]. A previous study has shown that intranasal administration of CpG/TLA could provide a stable, pronounced, and effective vaccine against toxoplasmosis when compared with intramuscular administration [18]. In the present study, we prepared rTgADF, determined the optimal dose for intranasal immunization, and evaluated the protective efficacy against infection in BALB/c mice. Methods Mice and strain Specific-pathogen-free female BALB/c mice (4C6 weeks of age) were purchased from the Chinese Academy of Medical Science Animal Center (Beijing, China). All mice were bred with food and water provided RH strain were stored in liquid nitrogen in the laboratory and maintained by intraperitoneal passaging in BALB/c mice, as described previously [19]. XY1 This study was conducted according to the Guidelines for the Laboratory Animal Use and Care Committee of the Ministry of Health, China and the Ethics Committee on Animal Research of Xuzhou Medical University (No. SCXK? ?SU? ?2014C0003). Construction of the recombinant plasmid Total RNA of tachyzoites was extracted using the TRIzol reagent (life,CA, USA). The complete open reading frame (ORF) of TgADF (GenBank: “type”:”entrez-nucleotide”,”attrs”:”text”:”U62146.1″,”term_id”:”2342857″,”term_text”:”U62146.1″U62146.1) was amplified using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) from the cDNA template with specific primers (forward primer: 5-ACGCGGATCCATGGCGTCCGGAATGGGTG-3 and reverse primer: 5-ACCGCTCGAGCGCGAGGGGTGCGAGGTC-3), in which DH5 competent cells. The positive plasmids were confirmed using restriction enzyme digestion, PCR, and DNA sequencing. Preparation of the recombinant protein BL21/DE3 transformed with pET-30a(+)-TgADF were grown in Luria-Bertani (LB) medium supplemented kanamycin (50?g/mL) at 37?C until an optical density (OD600) of 0.4C0.6 was achieved. The expression was induced by adding 0.1?mM isopropyl–d-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG) and maintaining the medium at 25?C for 12?h. The bacterial pellets were harvested and lysed by sonication in an iced water bath for 15?min (power, 200?W; pulse on,.