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Combined HIV and hepatitis C virus vaccination a step closer
13 April 2016 • Author: Victoria White, Digital Content Producer
A combined vaccination against Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV moved a step closer, with the results of a new study.
The research showed that the ‘prime boost’ approach is compatible with co-administration of vectors encoding for HIV and HCV antigens. In this approach, the immune system is first primed through exposure to non-replicative serologically distinct adenoviral vectors that contain fragments of HCV and HIV viruses. Following this, booster vaccinations are given with the same combination of HCV and HIV fragments, each inserted into an MVA vector, a vaccination virus strain commonly used in clinical trials.
“While we have drugs to treat both HIV and HCV, these are out of reach for many and do not prevent reinfection,” said Professor Lucy Dorrell of the University of Oxford, who is the principal investigator of the study. Her study fellow, Professor Ellie Barnes who is leading the development of HCV vaccines at the University of Oxford continues, “knowing that it may be possible to vaccinate a single individual against both diseases opens up huge possibilities for rolling back epidemics of disease and co-infection.”
The Phase I study enrolled 32 healthy volunteers in three groups. Group one received only HCV investigational vaccines at weeks 0 and 8. The second group received only HIV investigational vaccines following the same dosing schedule. The final group received both HCV and HIV investigational vaccines that were co-administered.
Simultaneous immune responses
Vaccine priming against HCV and HIV induced immune response in the body, measured by the number of HIV and HCV specific T-cells found in a sample of blood (peak mean of 608.5 and 785 spot forming units per million peripheral blood mononuclear cells [SFU/106PBMC] respectively). These immune responses were increased following boost vaccination (peak mean 4260 SFU/106PBMC for HCV and 3760 SFU/106PBMC for HIV).
Co-administration of HIV and HCVcomponents of the boost did not impair the magnitude or breadth of either HIV and HCV specific T-cell responses compared to each alone. All vaccines were given as an intramuscular injection and both were well tolerated.
“Finding effective vaccinations against the world’s biggest killers is a huge and pressing problem,” said Professor Laurent Castera, EASL Secretary General. “This study shows for the first time that it is possible to generate simultaneous immune response against diseases HCV and HIV, raising the possibility of a combined vaccination.”
The results of the study will be presented at The International Liver Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain today.
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