S A Plotkin

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Publications (254)1772.72 Total impact

  • Stanley Plotkin
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    ABSTRACT: Cytomegalovirus vaccine development started in the 1970s with attenuated strains. In the 1980s, one of the strains was shown to be safe and effective in renal transplant patients. Then, attention switched to glycoprotein gB, which was shown to give moderate but transient protection against acquisition of the virus by women. The identification of the pp65 tegument protein as the principal target of cellular immune responses resulted in new approaches, particularly DNA, plasmids to protect hematogenous stem cell recipients. The subsequent discovery of the pentameric protein complex that generates most neutralizing antibodies led to efforts to incorporate that complex into vaccines. At this point, there are many candidate CMV vaccines, including live recombinants, replication-defective virus, DNA plasmids, soluble pentameric proteins, peptides, virus-like particles and vectored envelope proteins.
    Medical Microbiology and Immunology 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00430-015-0388-z · 3.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vaccines have a history that started late in the 18th century. From the late 19th century, vaccines could be developed in the laboratory. However, in the 20th century, it became possible to develop vaccines based on immunologic markers. In the 21st century, molecular biology permits vaccine development that was not possible before.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 08/2014; 111(34). DOI:10.1073/pnas.1400472111 · 9.81 Impact Factor
  • Stanley A Plotkin
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    ABSTRACT: Pertussis is resurgent in many countries, perhaps owing in part to waning immunity after acellular pertussis vaccination. We consider the options for improving current vaccines as well as other strategies to control pertussis.
    Expert Review of Vaccines 08/2014; DOI:10.1586/14760584.2014.944166 · 4.22 Impact Factor
  • Stanley A Plotkin
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    ABSTRACT: Interview by Jenaid Rees (Commissioning Editor) Highly renowned in the vaccines world, Stanley A. Plotkin has worked at many leading institutions throughout his career, and is Emeritus Professor of the University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor of the Johns Hopkins University. In 1991, Plotkin joined Sanofi Pasteur and worked there from 1991 to 1997, and now works as principal of Vaxconsult, LLC as a consultant to vaccine manufacturers, biotechnology companies and non-profit research organizations. Plotkin has served as chairman of the Infectious Diseases Committee and the AIDS Task Force of the American Academy of Pediatrics, liaison member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and Chairman of the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Committee of the National Institutes of Health. He has been a recipient of numerous prestigious medals and awards throughout his career, and his bibliography includes over 700 articles and several books, including the standard textbook on vaccines. He has worked extensively on the development and application of many vaccines including anthrax, oral polio, rabies, varicella and cytomegalovirus. He is also codeveloper of the newly licensed pentavalent rotavirus and is well-known for developing the rubella vaccine, now in standard use throughout the world.
    Expert Review of Vaccines 06/2014; DOI:10.1586/14760584.2014.934678 · 4.22 Impact Factor
  • Wayne C Koff, Ian D Gust, Stanley A Plotkin
    Nature Immunology 06/2014; 15(7):589-592. DOI:10.1038/ni.2871 · 24.97 Impact Factor
  • Bruce D Meade, Stanley A Plotkin, Camille Locht
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    ABSTRACT: Increasing evidence that the currently available acellular pertussis vaccines are not providing optimal control of pertussis in the United States and many other countries has stimulated interest in improvements of the current vaccines and in the development of new vaccines. A better understanding of the limitations of the current vaccines and the basis for the pertussis resurgence is needed to design improved vaccines. This article outlines several alternate approaches and summarizes the challenges related to the development of new or modified vaccines.
    The Journal of Infectious Diseases 04/2014; 209 Suppl 1:S24-7. DOI:10.1093/infdis/jit531 · 5.85 Impact Factor
  • Stanley A Plotkin
    04/2014; DOI:10.1089/mab.2014.0011
  • Stanley A Plotkin
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    ABSTRACT: Pertussis is resurgent and many cases are occurring in vaccinated children and adolescents. In countries using acellualr vaccines waning immunity is at least part of the problem. This article discusses possible improvements in those vaccines.
    Clinical Infectious Diseases 12/2013; 58(6). DOI:10.1093/cid/cit934 · 9.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A multidisciplinary meeting addressed priorities related to development of vaccines against cytomegalovirus (CMV), the cause of congenital CMV (cCMV) disease and of serious disease in the immunocompromised. Participants discussed optimal uses of a CMV vaccine, aspects of clinical study design, and the value of additional research. A universal childhood CMV vaccine could potentially rapidly reduce cCMV disease, as infected children are sources of viral transmission to seronegative and seropositive mothers. A vaccine administered to adolescents or adult women could also reduce cCMV disease by making them immune prior to pregnancy. Clinical trials of CMV vaccines in women should evaluate protection against cCMV infection, an essential precursor of cCMV disease, which is a more practical and acceptable endpoint for assessing vaccine effects on maternal-fetal transmission. Clinical trials of vaccines to evaluate prevention of CMV disease in stem cell transplant recipients could use CMV viremia at a level triggering pre-emptive antiviral therapy as an endpoint, because widespread use of pre-emptive and prophylactic antivirals has rendered CMV-induced disease too rare to be a practical endpoint for clinical trials. In solid organ transplant patients, CMV-associated disease is sufficiently common for use as a primary endpoint. Additional research to advance CMV vaccine development should include identifying factors that predict fetal loss due to CMV, determining age-specific incidence and transmission rates, defining the mechanism and relative contributions of maternal reactivation and re-infection to cCMV disease, developing assays that can distinguish between reactivation and re-infection in seropositive vaccines, further defining predictors of sequelae from cCMV infection, and identifying clinically relevant immune response parameters to CMV (including developing validated assays that could assess CMV antibody avidity) that could lead to the establishment of immune correlates of protection.
    Vaccine 10/2013; 32(1). DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.09.042 · 3.49 Impact Factor
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  • Stanley A Plotkin, William Schaffner
    Vaccine 09/2013; 31(46). DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.09.019 · 3.49 Impact Factor
  • Stanley A Plotkin, Karie Youngdahl
    Vaccine 07/2013; 31(42). DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.07.028 · 3.49 Impact Factor
  • Stanley A Plotkin
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    ABSTRACT: Hilary Koprowski, who died this year at the age of 96, was an extraordinary person.…
    Journal of Virology 06/2013; DOI:10.1128/JVI.01449-13 · 4.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vaccines are among the greatest successes in the history of public health. However, past strategies for vaccine development are unlikely to succeed in the future against major global diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. For such diseases, the correlates of protection are poorly defined and the pathogens evade immune detection and/or exhibit extensive genetic variability. Recent advances have heralded in a new era of vaccine discovery. However, translation of these advances into vaccines remains impeded by lack of understanding of key vaccinology principles in humans. We review these advances toward vaccine discovery and suggest that for accelerating successful vaccine development, new human immunology-based clinical research initiatives be implemented with the goal of elucidating and more effectively generating vaccine-induced protective immune responses.
    Science 05/2013; 340(6136):1232910. DOI:10.1126/science.1232910 · 31.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Publication of a report from the Institute of Medicine in 2000 showing that a vaccine against cytomegalovirus (CMV) would likely be cost saving was very influential and encouraged the clinical evaluation of candidate vaccines. The major objective of a CMV vaccination program would be to reduce disease caused by congenital CMV infection, which is the leading viral cause of sensorineural hearing loss and neurodevelopmental delay.CMV has challenges as a vaccine target because it is a herpesvirus, it persists lifelong despite host immunity, infected individuals can be reinfected with new strains, overt disease occurs in those with immature or impaired immune systems and persons with this infection do not usually report symptoms. Nevertheless, natural immunity against CMV provides some protection against infection and disease, natural history studies have defined the serological and molecular biological techniques needed for endpoints in future clinical trials of vaccines and CMV is not highly communicable, suggesting that it may not be necessary to achieve very high levels of population immunity through vaccination in order to affect transmission. Three phase 2 CMV vaccine studies have been completed in the last 3 years and all report encouraging outcomes.A key international meeting was organized by the Food and Drug Administration in January 2012 at which interested parties from regulatory bodies, industry and academia discussed and prioritised designs for phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials. Vaccines able to prevent primary infection with CMV and to boost the immune response of those already infected are desirable. The major target populations for a CMV vaccine include women of childbearing age and adolescents. Toddlers represent another potential population, since an effect of vaccine in this age group could potentially decrease transmission to adults. In addition, prospective recipients of transplants and patients with AIDS would be expected to benefit.
    Vaccine 04/2013; 31:B197–B203. DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.10.074 · 3.49 Impact Factor
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    Expert Review of Vaccines 03/2013; 12(3):243-4. DOI:10.1586/erv.13.29 · 4.22 Impact Factor
  • Stanley A Plotkin
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    ABSTRACT: In several prior articles I have attempted to analyze and simplify the subject of immunological functions induced by vaccination that correlate with protection against later exposure to pathogens.(1-3) Other authors have also written on the subject,(4) and recently we jointly proposed terminology to bring some semantic clarity to the field.(5) The generalization that vaccine-induced antibodies prevent acquisition whereas cellular immune functions clear infection still holds true, but that simple distinction becomes blurred in many instances. Specific antibody and cellular responses are multiple and redundant, so that vaccines for some pathogens protect through more than one immune function. Thus, this article aims in the direction opposite to simplicity in order to depict the complexity of correlates, or rather the complexity of mechanistic immune functions that contribute to protection, which we abbreviate as mCOP. Non-mechanistic correlates that are practically useful but not truly protective (abbreviated nCOP), will be mentioned in passing.
    Clinical Infectious Diseases 02/2013; 56(10). DOI:10.1093/cid/cit048 · 9.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Development of vaccines against HCMV is a very active field, with multiple candidates and with proof of concept already achieved.
    IDWeek 2012 Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America; 10/2012
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    ABSTRACT: M-M-R™II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine live; Merck, Sharp, & Dohme Corp.) is indicated for simultaneous vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella in individuals ≥12 months of age. Before the vaccine era, these viruses infected most exposed individuals, with subsequent morbidity and mortality. One of the greatest achievements of public health has been to eliminate these 3 diseases in large geographic areas. The safety profile of M-M-R™II is described using data from routine global postmarketing surveillance. Postmarketing surveillance has limitations (including incomplete reporting of case data), but allows collection of real-world information on large numbers of individuals, who may have concurrent medical problems excluding them from clinical trials. It can also identify rare adverse experiences (AEs). Over its 32-year history, ∼575 million doses of M-M-R™II have been distributed worldwide, with 17,536 AEs voluntarily reported for an overall rate of 30.5 AEs/1,000,000 doses distributed. This review provides evidence that the vaccine is safe and well-tolerated.
    Vaccine 09/2012; DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.08.057 · 3.49 Impact Factor
  • Paul Offit, Frederick Murphy, Stanley Plotkin
    Human Vaccines and Therapeutics 09/2012; 8(9):1321-1322. DOI:10.4161/hv.21856 · 3.64 Impact Factor

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7k Citations
1,772.72 Total Impact Points


  • 1981–2014
    • University of Pennsylvania
      • Department of Pediatrics
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2013
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1978–2013
    • William Penn University
      Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2005–2012
    • Flinders University
      • Flinders Medical Centre
      Tarndarnya, South Australia, Australia
    • Northwestern University
      • Division of Infectious Diseases (Dept. of Medicine)
      Evanston, IL, United States
  • 1985–2012
    • Wistar Institute
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1977–2012
    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2011
    • Institut Pasteur
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
      • Division of Infectious Diseases
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • University of Pittsburgh
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2010
    • National Pediatric Hospital Dr. Carlos Saenz Herrera
      San José, San José, Costa Rica
  • 2009
    • Philadelphia University
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2002
    • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
      • Division of Infectious Diseases
      Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 1996
    • IHU de Strasbourg
      Strasburg, Alsace, France
  • 1991
    • University of Illinois at Chicago
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • 1978–1991
    • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
      • • Division of Infectious Diseases
      • • Department of Pediatrics
      Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 1990
    • University of Louisville
      Louisville, Kentucky, United States
  • 1988
    • Tulane University
      • Department of Pediatrics
      New Orleans, LA, United States