Bacterial polysaccharide-protein conjugate vaccines (Haemophilus influenzae type b [Hib], pneumococcal and meningococcal conjugates) have revolutionized pediatric vaccination strategies. The widely used carrier proteins are tetanus toxoid (TT), diphtheria toxoid (DT) and diphtheria toxoid variant CRM197 protein, DT conjugates being in general less immunogenic. Multivalent conjugates using TT were found to be at risk for reduced polysaccharide responses, whilst multivalent CRM197 conjugates are at lower risk for this, but may be at higher risk of inducing bystander interference, particularly affecting Hib and hepatitis B immune responses. Novel carriers avoiding these issues could enable the further development of pediatric schedules and combinations.
"In addition, several randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have reported greater Hib antibody interference with increasing amount of CRM administered   . In the UK, the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7; Prevenar ® ; Pfizer Ltd., Kent, UK) was replaced with a newly licensed 13-valent conjugate vaccine (PCV13; Prevenar13 ® ; Pfizer Ltd., Kent, UK), from April 2010. "
"This is supported by the observation that rSBA responses were 1.9- to 4-fold higher in individuals who mounted a booster response to TT (concentrations ≥1.0 IU/ml after vaccination) compared with those in whom the magnitude of the post-vaccination anti-TT concentration was lower. Immunogenicity of conjugate vaccines using DT and CRM197 carrier proteins is known to need prior DT priming to generate optimal responses . Our results support the immunogenicity of MenACWY-TT in TT-unprimed individuals, but suggest that effective TT-priming may be critical to enhance the immune response to subsequent TT conjugate vaccines. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The burden of invasive meningococcal disease is substantial in older adults in whom the case fatality rate is high. Travelers to regions with high rates of meningococcal disease, such as Hajj pilgrims, are at increased risk of meningococcal infection, and disease transmission from travelers to their close contacts has been documented. In younger individuals, meningococcal conjugate vaccines offer advantages over polysaccharide vaccines in terms of duration of protection and boostability, and induction of herd immune effects through reductions in nasopharyngeal carriage of meningococci. To date, few data are available evaluating meningococcal conjugate vaccine use in adults >55 years of age. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the immunogenicity and safety of quadrivalent meningococcal serogroups A, C, W-135 and Y vaccine with all serogroups conjugated to tetanus toxoid (MenACWY-TT, Nimenrix™, GlaxoSmithKline, Belgium) and a licensed quadrivalent polysaccharide vaccine (MenPS, Mencevax™ GlaxoSmithKline, Belgium) in adults >55 years of age. METHODS: This was a phase IIIb, open-label, randomized (3:1), controlled study conducted at one study center in Lebanon. A total of 400 healthy adults between 56 and 103 years of age without previous MenPS or tetanus toxoid vaccination within the previous 5 years or meningococcal conjugate vaccination at any time previously were included. They received a single-dose vaccination with MenACWY-TT or MenPS with blood sampling before and 1 month after vaccination. The main outcome measures were serum bactericidal activity (rabbit complement source: rSBA) vaccine response (VR) rate [rSBA titer of ≥1:32 in initially seronegative subjects (rSBA titer <1:8); ≥4-fold increase in subjects with pre-vaccination rSBA titers between 1:8 and 1:128, and ≥2-fold increase in subjects with pre-vaccination rSBA titers ≥1:128]. The percentages of subjects with rSBA titers ≥1:8 and ≥1:128 and rSBA geometric mean titers (GMTs) were assessed. Solicited adverse events were recorded for 4 days following vaccination, and all other adverse events, including the incidence of new onset chronic diseases, were recorded for 31 days after vaccination. RESULTS: One month after a single dose of MenACWY-TT, the rSBA VR rate in the MenACWY-TT group was 76.6 % for serogroup A, 80.3 % for serogroup C, 77.5 % for serogroup W-135 and 81.9 % for serogroup Y. VR rates in the MenPS group were 91.7, 84.8, 87.1 and 89.1 %, respectively. One month after vaccination, ≥93.2 % of subjects in the MenACWY-TT group and ≥93.9 % in the MenPS group had rSBA titers ≥1:128. In each group, GMTs increased by ≥13-fold for each serogroup. rSBA VR and GMTs tended to be lower in subjects who were over 65 years compared to 56-65 years of age. Only 6.3 % of MenACWY-TT recipients had anti-TT ≥0.1 IU/ml prior to vaccination, increasing to 28.1 % post-vaccination. The rSBA GMTs were 1.9- to 4-fold higher in anti-TT responders. Each local and general solicited symptom was reported by no more than 3.0 % of subjects in either group. No serious adverse events were considered vaccine related. CONCLUSION: In adults 56 years of age and older, MenACWY-TT was immunogenic, with a vaccine response rate ≥76 % and with ≥93 % of subjects achieving rSBA titers ≥1:128 against all four serogroups after a single dose. MenACWY-TT induced low anti-TT concentrations in this population, which deserves further study.
"Other new conjugate vaccines, a 10-valent and a 13-valent, are now also available with improvement in the efficacy due to the inclusion of higher numbers of capsular polysaccharides. Besides the high cost of these vaccines, other problems have been considered subject of concern: (i) among more than 92 different serotypes, 23 serotypes are considered the most worldwide prevalent ones and, since the serotype prevalence varies among regions, it is very hard to obtain one vaccine with high worldwide coverage, (ii) since most of the conjugate vaccines use tetanus toxoid , diphtheria toxoid or CRM197 as carrier, a multivalent conjugate as polyvalent pneumococcal vaccine might have a risk of immune interference  , and (iii) 10 years after the widespread use of PCV7, emergence of non vaccine serotypes have been noticed  . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Polysaccharide-protein conjugates are so far the current antigens used for pneumococcal vaccines for children under 2 years of age. In this study, pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA) was used as a carrier protein for pneumococcal capsular polysaccharide serotype 14 as an alternative to broaden the vaccine coverage. PspA was modified by reductive amination with formaldehyde in order to improve the specificity of the reaction between protein and polysaccharide, inhibiting polymerization and the gel formation reaction. In the synthesis process, the currently used activator, 1-[3-(dimethylamine)propyl]-3-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDAC) was substituted for 4-(4,6-dimethoxy-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-4-methylmorpholinium chloride (DMT-MM). BALB/c mice were immunized with either the PS14-mPspA conjugate or the co-administered components in a three dose regimen and sera from the immunized animals were assayed for immunity induced against both antigens: PS14 and mPspA. Modification of more than 70% of lysine residues from PspA (mPspA) did not interfere in the immune response as evaluated by the anti-PspA titer and C3 complement deposition assay. Sera of mice immunized with conjugated PS14-mPspA showed similar IgG titers, avidity and isotype profile as compared to controls immunized with PspA or mPspA alone. The complement deposition was higher in the sera of mice immunized with the conjugate vaccine and the opsonophagocytic activity was similar for both sera. Conjugation improved the immune response against PS14. The anti PS14 IgG titer was higher in sera of mice immunized with the conjugate than with co-administered antigens and presented an increased avidity index, induction of a predominant IgG1 isotype and increased complement deposition on a bacteria with a surface serotype 14. These results strongly support the use of PspA as carrier in a conjugate vaccine where both components act as antigens.
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