A Phase 1 study to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a recombinant HIV type 1 subtype C-modified vaccinia Ankara virus vaccine candidate in Indian volunteers.
ABSTRACT A recombinant modified vaccinia Ankara virus vaccine candidate (TBC-M4) expressing HIV-1 subtype C env, gag, tat-rev, and nef-RT genes was tested in a randomized, double-blind, dose escalation Phase I trial in 32 HIV-uninfected healthy volunteers who received three intramuscular injections of TBC-M4 at 0, 1, and 6 months of 5 x 10(7) plaque-forming units (pfu) (low dosage, LD) (n = 12) or 2.5 x 10(8) pfu (high dosage, HD) (n = 12) or placebo (n = 8). Local and systemic reactogenicity was experienced by approximately 67% and 83% of vaccine recipients, respectively. The reactogenicity events were mostly mild in severity. Severe but transient systemic reactogenicity was seen in one volunteer of the HD group. No vaccine-related serious adverse events or events suggesting perimyocarditis were seen. A higher frequency of local reactogenicity events was observed in the HD group. Cumulative HIV-specific IFN-gamma ELISPOT responses were detected in frozen PBMCs from 9/11 (82%), 12/12 (100%), and 1/8 (13%) volunteers after the third injection of the LD, HD, and placebo groups, respectively. Most of the responses were to gag and env proteins (maximum of 430 SFU/10(6) PBMCs) persisting across multiple time points. HIV-specific ELISA antibody responses were detected in 10/11, 12/12, and 0/8 volunteers post-third vaccination, in the LD, HD, and placebo groups, respectively. No neutralizing activity against HIV-1 subtype C isolates was detected. TBC-M4 appears to be generally safe and well-tolerated. The immune response detected was dose dependent, modest in magnitude, and directed mostly to env and gag proteins, suggesting further evaluation of this vaccine in a prime-boost regimen.
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ABSTRACT: The HIV epidemic is greatest in Sub-Saharan Africa and India where HIV-1 subtype C is predominant. To control the spread of HIV in these parts of the world a preventive HIV-1 subtype C vaccine is urgently required. Here we report the immunogenicity of a candidate HIV-1 subtype C vaccine delivered by a recombinant measles vector carrying an insert encoding HIV-1 subtype C Gag, RT and Nef (MV1-F4), in MHC-typed non-human primates. HIV-1 specific cytokine secreting CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses were detected in 15 out of 16 vaccinees. These HIV-specific T cell responses persisted in lymphoid tissues. Anti-HIV-1 antibody responses were detected in 15 out of 16 vaccinees and titres were boosted by a second immunisation carried out 84 days later. These findings support further exploration of the MV1-F4 vector as a candidate HIV-1 subtype C vaccine or as part of a wider vaccine strategy.Vaccine 10/2013; 31(51). DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.09.072 · 3.49 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: MVA-B is an attenuated poxvirus vector expressing human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Env, Gag, Pol, and Nef antigens from clade B, and is considered a promising HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate. Recently, a phase I clinical trial in human healthy volunteers has shown that MVA-B is safe and highly immunogenic, inducing broad, polyfunctional, and long-lasting CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell responses to HIV-1 antigens, with preference for effector memory T cells; and it also triggers the induction of specific antibodies to Env in most of the vaccines. While MVA recombinants expressing HIV-1 antigens are being used or plan to use in therapeutic clinical trials, little is known on the effect of HIV-1 highly active antiretroviral therapy in MVA life cycle. To define this role, here we have evaluated in established cell cultures and human dendritic cells to what extent different HIV-1 protease inhibitors affect virus replication and expression of HIV-1 antigens during MVA-B infection. The results obtained revealed that the most commonly used HIV-1 protease inhibitors (atazanavir, ritonavir, and lopinavir) had no effect on MVA-B virus growth kinetics, even at higher concentrations than those normally used on HAART. Furthermore, expression of gp120 and the fused Gag-Pol-Nef polyprotein in permissive and non-permissive cells infected with MVA-B were also not affected. These findings are relevant information for the therapeutic use of MVA-B as an HIV-1/AIDS vaccine.Virus Research 05/2012; 167(2):391-6. DOI:10.1016/j.virusres.2012.05.020 · 2.83 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To investigate the safety and immunogenicity of a modified vaccinia virus Ankara vector expressing HIV-1 antigens from clade B (MVA-B), a phase-I, doubled-blind placebo-controlled trial was performed. 30 HIV-uninfected volunteers at low risk of HIV-1 infection were randomly allocated to receive 3 intramuscular injections (1×10(8)pfu/dose) of MVA-B (n=24) or placebo (n=6) at weeks 0, 4 and 16. All volunteers were followed 48 weeks. Primary end-points were adverse events and immunogenicity. A total of 169 adverse events were reported, 164 of grade 1-2, and 5 of grade 3 (none related to vaccination). Overall 75% of the volunteers showed positive ELISPOT responses at any time point. The magnitude (median) of the total responses induced was 288SFC/10(6)PBMC at week 18. Antibody responses against Env were observed in 95% and 72% of vaccinees at week 18 and 48, respectively. HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies were detected in 33% of volunteers. MVA-B was safe, well tolerated and elicited strong and durable T-cell and antibody responses in 75% and 95% of volunteers, respectively. These data support further exploration of MVA-B as an HIV-1 vaccine candidate. Clinical Trials.gov identifier: NCT00679497.Vaccine 09/2011; 29(46):8309-16. DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.08.098 · 3.49 Impact Factor