Biomaterials-Based Vaccination Strategies for the Induction of CD8+T Cell Responses

Charles B. Chesson, Shaunte Ekpo-Otu, Janice J. Endsley, Jai S. Rudra

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Natural and synthetic biomaterials are increasingly being used for the development of vaccines and immunotherapies as alternatives to traditional live-attenuated formulations due to their improved safety profiles and no risk of reversion to virulence. Polymeric materials in particular enjoy attention due to the ease of fabrication, control over physicochemical properties, and their wide range of immunogenicity. While the majority of studies focus on inducing protective antibody responses, in recent years, materials-based strategies for the delivery of antigens and immunomodulators to improve CD8+T cell immunity against infectious and non-infectious diseases have gained momentum. Notably, platforms based on polymeric nanoparticles, liposomes, micelles, virus-like particles, self-assembling peptides and peptidomimetics, and multilayer thin films show considerable promise in preclinical studies. In this Review, we first introduce the concepts of CD8+T cell activation, effector and memory functions, and cytotoxic activity, followed by vaccine design for eliciting robust and protective long-lived CD8+T cell immunity. We then discuss different materials-based vaccines developed in the past decade to elicit CD8+T cell responses based on molecular composition or fabrication methods and conclude with a summary and glimpse at the future trends in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-143
Number of pages18
JournalACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 13 2017


  • CD8T cell
  • biomaterial
  • cellular immunity
  • polymer
  • vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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