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The Revised Authoritative Guide To Vaccine Legal Exemptions

Comprehensive, authoritative information about vaccine exemptions you can trust, from Alan Phillips, J.D., a leading vaccine rights attorney with years of experience helping clients throughout the U.S. legally avoid vaccines in a wide variety of vaccine-refusal settings. Critical details for parents, students, immigrants, healthcare employees, military personnel and contractors, agencies, attorneys and clientsvirtually anyone concerned with legally avoiding vaccines in the United States. This Guide provides and explains: Important background information about the legal system; How state and federal statutes, regulations, constitutions and legal precedent interact to define the boundaries of your legal exemption rights; How to deal with local authorities and to avoid mistakes that cost others their exemption; Where legal technicalities and practical reality differand what to do about it; Continue reading...

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Prevention And Vaccination Strategies

Knowing the different etiologic factors associated with BL, one is confronted with the best strategy to propose to control the disease. On a worldwide scale, endemic BL could be prevented to a certain extent by a better control of hyperendemic malaria, a longstanding priority of World Health Organization. But the continuing inability to develop a safe and effective malaria vaccine and the merely transient benefit of chemo-prevention does not give much hope for the near future. The malaria intervention pro As early as 1976, Epstein proposed that an EBV vaccine be developed (86) and to that end a colony of susceptible experimental animals (the cottontop marmoset) was developed in the United Kingdom. The EBV-membrane glycoprotein gp340 was selected as immunogen, inserted in various viral carriers (87,88), and tested with various adjuvants and modes of presentation in the experimental animal model. The gp340 immunogen was found effective, and human trials were considered (89). But which...

Immunotherapy using hepatitis B vaccine

Hepatitis B vaccine may serve as an immunomodulator for suppressing viral replication. In a study of the therapeutic efficacy of hepatitis B vaccine, 118 treatment-naive patients with histologically and virologically proven chronic hepatitis B were randomized to receive either placebo or intramuscular hepatitis B vaccine in the form of S vaccine alone or combined pre-S2 and S vaccine 106 . After five vaccine injections were given, there was a significant but transient 6-month decrease in viral load that did not occur in controls, despite persistence of HBsAg in all patients. For the first time, hepatitis B vaccine was shown to decrease viral replication, which may pave the road for new therapies based on the concept of specific immunomodulation.

New Approaches To Vaccine Development

For humans, the most critical role of a vaccine will be to enhance the adaptive immune response to any microbial pathogen. The most critical cell in mounting an adaptive response is the T cell, since these are crucial in both antibody responses and in killer T-cell development. However, recently developed knowledge of how the innate immune system functions to get the adaptive response up and running offers some of the best approaches for new, more effective vaccines. For the two diseases we have just looked at, malaria and tuberculosis, and for all viral diseases, the CD8 cell response is particularly critical, and most new vaccine strategies are focused on enhancing this arm of adaptive immunity. But as can be seen from Figure 4.1, CD8 T cells for the most part are activated in response to microbial proteins actually manufactured within a cell. If we use Dendritic cells play a key role in the response to every microbial pathogen studied and are by far the most effective in presenting...

DCBased Vaccines for Cervical Cancer

The unique ability of DCs to induce and sustain primary immune responses makes them optimal candidates for vaccination protocols in cancer. DCs derived from cultured hematopoietic progenitors appear to have an antigen-presenting function similar to that of purified mature DCs. Ex vivo generation of DCs, therefore, provides a source of professional APCs for the use in experimental immunotherapy. There are several vaccine strategies utilizing DCs prepared with HPV-16 E6 E7. Vaccine strategies using DC-generated ex vivo can be classified as follows (i) DCs pulsed with tumor peptides proteins (ii) DCs transduced with tumor antigen and cytokine genes or tumor RNA (iii) DCs that have engulfed HPV virus capsids or virus-like particles (iv) DCs that are loaded with killed allogeneic tumor cells and (v) DCs that have fused with tumor cells (Biragyn and Kwak 2000 Ling et al. 2000 Tindle 2002). Phase 1 trial using immature DCs pulsed with the autologous or allogeneic tumor lysates has been...

Lack of vaccines and problems with vaccine deployment

Developing efficacious vaccines and deploying them effectively has proven to be difficult. For example, to develop an efficacious vaccine for DEN, a vaccine must simultaneously immunize against all four serotypes of the virus in order to preclude the possibility of immune enhancement 39 . Novel strategies for preparing DEN vaccines are being investigated. These offer promise 54 . However, even if an inexpensive and efficacious vaccine for DEN should become available, the lack of public health infrastructure in areas with the greatest need might well curtail application. For example, there has been an efficacious and inexpensive vaccine for YF for decades, yet this virus continues to cause significant mortality in humans in Africa and South America. Frighteningly, the number of available doses of YF vaccine is limited, and would not be sufficient to vaccinate those at risk should YF emerge in an urban cycle in a large South American or African city or in Asia the latter occurrence...

From immunome to vaccine epitope mapping and vaccine design tools

Mlst Listeria Housekeeping

Since the publication of the complete genome of a pathogenic bacterium in 1995, more than 50 bacterial pathogens have been sequenced and at least 120 additional projects are currently underway. Faced with the expanding volume of information now available from genome databases, vaccinologists are turning to epitope mapping tools to screen vaccine candidates. Bioinformatics tools such as EpiMatrix and Conservatrix, which search for unique or multi-HLA-restricted (promiscuous) T cell epitopes and can find epitopes that are conserved across variant strains of the same pathogen, have accelerated the process of epitope mapping. Additional tools for screening epitopes for similarity to 'self' (BlastiMer) and for assembling putative epitopes into strings if they overlap (EpiAssembler) have been developed at EpiVax. Tools that map proteasome cleavage sites are available on the Internet. When used together, these bioinformatics tools offer a significant advantage over traditional...

Immunotherapeutic Vaccines

Vaccines were initially conceived to prevent the infectious diseases associated with morbidity and mortality. The vaccine concept was extended to therapeutic reagents to cure chronic infection caused by persistent viruses or bacteria, autoimmune diseases, or cancers. The concept of therapeutic vaccines derives from the understanding of T-cell biology and pathophysiology T-cells are not simply good soldiers fighting microbes or tumor cells but also vicious mercenaries contributing to the destruction of tissues that leads to autoimmune diseases. Therapeutic vaccines against chronic infectious diseases (Mycobacterium leprae, HSV virus hepatitis B virus) are aimed at harnessing the immune response in carriers or cancer patients who are otherwise tolerant or unresponsive to microbial or tumor-associated antigens. In the case of autoimmune disease, therapeutic vaccines are used to eliminate autoreactive lymphocytes. Most of the approaches used to develop the vaccines discussed in this...

Immunity and Vaccines

S. typhi infection induces both cell-mediated and humoral immunity (75,76). Most people acquire immunity to reinfection after acute typhoid illness, but some can be reinfected if exposed to a higher infectious dose. The mechanism of specific protective immunity is still poorly understood. The O polysaccharide seems to be an important antigen, since a single monoclonal IgA antibody against O antigen provided measurable protection against Salmonella infection in animal studies (77) and the titers of IgA and IgG anti-O antibodies increase in adult volunteers following oral administration with the live S. typhi vaccine, Ty21a (78). The Vi polysaccharide antigen is also important in protection, since a vaccine containing only this antigen triggered increased protection in endemic regions (79). The development of cell-mediated immune responses in individuals living in a typhoid-endemic region has also been found to correlate with protection against disease (80). Finally, immunocom-promised...

Immune Response to Tumor Cell Vaccines

Dendritic cells (DCs) are key mediators in vaccine function (Banchereau and Stein-man 1998 Bronte et al. 1997). They endocytose tumor cells and tumor cell lysates and express antigenic peptide in the context of MHC molecules. This antigen-MHC complex is recognized by the T cell receptor (TCR) and provides the first signal for T cell activation. DCs also express the costimulatory molecules B7-1 (CD80) and B7-2 (CD86), which interact with CD28 and CTLA-4 receptors on T cells and provide the second signal for T cell activation (Bluestone 1998). Engagement of CD28 receptor is associated with T cell differentiation and proliferation engagement of the CTLA-4 receptor is associated with the attenuation of T cell differentiation and

The Role Of Vaccination In Antimicrobial Resistance

To limit the selection of resistant organisms, practitioners should use antibiotics in a judicious manner, and prevent infection by immunizing patients at high risk. In essence, a strategy to decrease the use of antibiotics to treat illness is to implement an intervention to decrease the rate of illness. The effectiveness of vaccination to reduce the incidence of infectious disease has been clearly demonstrated with the use of the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine. Prior to its release in 1988, Hib was the most common cause of bacterial meningitis among young children. Since 1993, invasive disease caused by Hib has declined more than 95 in the United States (48). With the prevalence of invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae infections in adults and children, pneumococcal vaccine is an important method of preventing infection in high-risk populations. It is currently recommended for all persons > 65 yr of age and for those > 2 yr of age with increased risk for invasive...

TCell Vaccination Is a Possible Therapy

The basis for T-cell vaccination as a therapy for some autoimmune diseases came from experiments with the EAE animal model. When rats were injected with low doses (< 10-4) of cloned T cells specific for MBP, they did not develop symptoms of EAE. Instead they became resistant to the development of EAE when later challenged with a lethal dose of activated MBP-specific T cells or MBP in adjuvant. Later findings revealed that the efficacy of these autoimmune T-cell clones as a vaccine could be enhanced by crosslinking the cell-membrane components with formaldehyde or glu-taraldehyde. When crosslinked T cells were injected into animals with active EAE, permanent remission of symptoms was observed. The crosslinked T cells apparently elicit regulatory T cells specific for TCR variable-region determinants of the autoimmune clones. Presumably these regulatory T cells act to suppress the autoimmune T cells that mediate EAE.

Vaccine Containing Natural TLR Ligands Protects from Salmonella typhimurium Infection in Mice and Acute Respiratory

Mechnikov Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera, Moscow, Russia, mech.inst Abstract. It has been shown that a single parenteral administration of vaccine containing bacterial ligands for TLR1, TLR2, TLR4, TLR6, and TLR9 in mice induced rapid (24 h after administration) and effective (100 ), but short-term (96 h) protection against lethal challenge with Salmonella typhimurium. Repeated mucosal applications of this vaccine stimulated long-term (up to 9 months) protection against acute respiratory infections in children of preschool age.

Micro and Nanoparticle Based Vaccines for Hepatitis B

The incredible success of vaccinations in contributing to public health is undeniable. In fact, vaccines are the most cost-effective public health tool for disease prevention because their cost is less than the combined costs of treatment, hospitalization, and time loss from work. However, despite the availability of vaccines, cost per dose is a factor limiting the success of global vaccination campaigns, as are the limitations imposed by the need of delivering multiple vaccine doses. A number of approaches are being tested particularly for the delivery of subunit vaccines, and in recent years, a number of groups have devoted their efforts to develop nano microparticles prepared from biodegradable and biocompatible polymers as vaccine delivery systems with the goal of inducing both humoral and cellular immune responses. Some important properties of biodegradable polymers are their documented safety history, biocompatibility, and an ability to provide controlled time rate of...

Academic science and the business of vaccines

Carolina Vaccine Institute, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Many elements of the global medical research and development enterprise are involved in the discovery, development, manufacture, distribution and regulation of vaccines. These include academic scientists, government funding and regulatory agencies, commercial vaccine manufacturers in the western world and essentially generic vaccine manufacturers in the developing world. The central tenets of the system as it exists today are 1) that public health need will drive fundamental research supported by government at academic institutions, and 2) that the resulting discoveries will be translated into useful products, because public health need can be converted into an economic return for the vaccine industry and its shareholders. In those instances where public health need exists in parallel with potential economic return, the system works surprisingly well. For diseases primarily affecting resource poor areas of...

Vaccines and Toxoids

Immunologic agents are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to the agent or any component of it. The measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccines are contraindicated in patients who have ever had an allergic reaction to gelatin, neomycin, or a previous dose of one of the vaccines. The measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccines are contraindicated during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, because of the danger of birth defects. Women are instructed to wait at least 3 months before getting pregnant after receiving these vaccines. Vaccines and toxoids are contraindicated during acute febrile illnesses, leukemia, lymphoma, immunosuppressive illness or drug therapy, and non-localized cancer. See Display 54-6 for additional infor- Known allergy to vaccine or vaccine constituents, particularly gelatin, eggs, or neomycin Individuals with an immunologic deficiency should not receive a vaccine (virus is transmissible to the immunocompromised...

Bacterial Polysaccharide Capsules Are Used as Vaccines

The virulence of some pathogenic bacteria depends primarily on the antiphagocytic properties of their hydrophilic polysac-charide capsule. Coating of the capsule with antibodies and or complement greatly increases the ability of macrophages and neutrophils to phagocytose such pathogens. These findings provide the rationale for vaccines consisting of purified capsular polysaccharides. The current vaccine for Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumococcal pneumonia, consists of 23 antigeni-cally different capsular polysaccharides. The vaccine induces formation of opsonizing antibodies and is now on the list of vaccines recommended for all infants. The vaccine for Neisseria meningitidis, a common cause of bacterial meningitis, also consists of purified capsular polysaccharides. One limitation of polysaccharide vaccines is their inability to activate TH cells. They activate B cells in a thymus-independent type 2 (TI-2) manner, resulting in IgM production but little class switching,...

Polio Vaccines Pros and Cons

The dead or inactivated vaccine has the advantage of a long stability period and practically foolproof application safety. The disadvantages of this vaccine form are its high cost, the requirement for three injections and weaker or at least shorter-lived protection than is provided by the attenuated form. Work is ongoing on development of enhanced (eIPV) vaccines of this type. The advantages of the live vaccine are its oral application route, low price and high level of efficiency. One disadvantage is its thermolability, resulting in reduced numbers of seroconversions (more nonresponders) in tropical countries. Another difficulty is presented by the (1 in 1 x 106) cases of paralysis (vaccination-associated paralytic poliomyelitis, VAPP) resulting from a vaccination. VAPP shows a higher level of incidence than infections by the wildtype poliovirus in industrialized countries, which has led practically all these countries to return to using IPV.

Designing Vaccines for Active Immunization

Antibody Mediated Resonse Polio

Several factors must be kept in mind in developing a successful vaccine. First and foremost, the development of an immune response does not necessarily mean that a state of protective immunity has been achieved. What is often critical is which branch of the immune system is activated, and therefore vaccine designers must recognize the important differences between activation of the humoral and the cellmediated branches. A second factor is the development of immunologic memory. For example, a vaccine that induces a protective primary response may fail to induce the formation of memory cells, leaving the host unprotected after the primary response to the vaccine subsides. The role of memory cells in immunity depends, in part, on the incubation period of the pathogen. In the case of influenza virus, which has a very short incubation period (1 or 2 days), disease symptoms are already under way by the time memory cells are activated. Effective protection against influenza therefore depends...

Multivalent Subunit Vaccines

Solid Matrix Complex

One of the limitations of synthetic peptide vaccines and recombinant protein vaccines is that they tend to be poorly immunogenic in addition, they tend to induce a humoral antibody response but are less likely to induce a cell-mediated response. What is needed is a method for constructing synthetic peptide vaccines that contain both immunodominant B-cell and T-cell epitopes. Furthermore, if a CTL response is desired, the vaccine must be delivered intra-cellularly so that the peptides can be processed and presented together with class I MHC molecules. A number of innovative techniques are being applied to develop multivalent vaccines that can present multiple copies of a given peptide or a mixture of peptides to the immune system (Figure 18-7). Multivalent subunit vaccines. (a) Solid matrix-antibody-antigen complexes can be designed to contain synthetic peptides representing both T-cell epitopes and B-cell epitopes. (b) Protein micelles, liposomes, and immunostimulating complexes...

Recombinant Vector Vaccines

Genes that encode major antigens of especially virulent pathogens can be introduced into attenuated viruses or bacteria. The attenuated organism serves as a vector, replicating within the host and expressing the gene product of the pathogen. A number of organisms have been used for vector vaccines, including vaccinia virus, the canarypox virus, attenuated poliovirus, adenoviruses, attenuated strains of Salmonella, the BCG strain of Mycobacterium bovis, and certain strains of streptococcus that normally exist in the oral cavity. Vaccinia virus, the attenuated vaccine used to eradicate smallpox, has been widely employed as a vector vaccine. This large, complex virus, with a genome of about 200 genes, can be engineered to carry several dozen foreign genes without impairing its capacity to infect host cells and replicate. The procedure for producing a vaccinia vector that carries a foreign gene from a pathogen is outlined in Figure 18-5. The genetically engineered vaccinia expresses high...

Exploiting Dendritic Cells As Fungal Vaccines

Either mDCs or pDCs to phagocytose and respond to Candida or Aspergillus was defective soon after allogeneic HSCT (unpublished data). In contrast, both murine and human donor mDCs and pDCs phagocytosed fungi and underwent functional maturation in response to them. However, their activation program for cytokine production was different, being IL-12 produced mainly by mDCs and IL-12,IL-10 and IFN-a produced by pDCs. This resulted in a distinct ability for T cell priming in vitro, being Th1, Th2 and Treg differently activated by the different DC subsets (Perruccio et al. 2004). More recent data have shown that the infusion of fungus-pulsed purified DCs of either subset accelerated the recovery of peripheral antifungal Th1 immunity and increased resistance to fungal infections in mice with HSCT. However, only the co-infusion of DCs of both subsets resulted in i) induction of Treg capable of a fine control over the inflammatory pathology ii) tolerization toward alloantigens and iii)...

Use of Synthetic Peptides as Vaccines Has Progressed Slowly

Although once considered very promising, the use of synthetic peptides as vaccines has not progressed as originally projected. Peptides are not as immunogenic as proteins, and it is difficult to elicit both humoral and cellular immunity to them. The use of conjugates and adjuvants can assist in raising protective immunity to peptides, but barriers to the widespread use of peptide vaccines remain and pose an interesting problem for immunologists. Most importantly, advances in techniques to produce recombinant proteins or fragments of proteins in transfected cell culture have removed the impetus to develop vaccines based on synthetic peptides. Nonetheless, there remains theoretical interest in immunity to them, and studies of peptide immunity may generate insights leading to new vaccines. Construction of synthetic peptides for use as vaccines to induce either humoral or cell-mediated immunity requires an understanding of the nature of T-cell and B-cell epitopes. Ideally, vaccines for...

Prevaccination screening and isolated antibody to hepatitis B core antigen

Prevaccination screening may be cost effective when the expected prevalence of prior HBV infection exceeds 30 10 , such as in the high-risk adult populations for whom hepatitis B vaccine is indicated. Occasionally potential recipients of hepatitis B vaccine test positive for antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) but negative for both HBsAg and anti-HBs. Isolated anti-HBc may be found due to suppression of HBV replication by hepatitis C virus in co-infected patients 21,22 , or in the setting of low level infection with undetectable HBsAg but a positive HBV DNA by polymerase Anyone found to have isolated an anti-HBc should be retested. A diagnostic algorithm can be used for those who are persistently positive for anti-HBc only 25,26 . To distinguish among the three possibilities mentioned previously (low-level HBV infection, prior immunity without detectable anti-HBs, or false-positive result), the patient may be given a single dose of hepatitis B vaccine with follow-up...

Routes of vaccine administration

Hepatitis B vaccine is traditionally administered intramuscularly, using a needle of 1.0 to 1.5 inches in length and 20- to 25-gauge in caliber. The preferred injection site is the deltoid muscle in adults and anterolateral thigh muscle in infants. Among 194 health care workers who received intramuscular buttock injections of hepatitis B vaccination, only 58 subsequently developed detectable anti-HBs titers 36 . This finding was verified by a prospective randomized trial where health care workers who received immunization in the arm achieved higher seroconversion rate of 93 and GMT of 1454 mlU mL, as compared with those who were injected in the buttock. Among those who received buttock injection, the seroconversion rate (83 versus 72 ) and the GMT (387 mlU mL versus 85 mlU mL) were higher with the use of 2-inch needles versus 1-inch needles 37 . Buttock injection makes intramuscular delivery of the vaccine difficult and should be avoided. Intradermal injection of vaccine leads to very...

Vaccine May Be the Only Way to Stop the Hivaids Epidemic

TABLE 19-61 Why AIDS does not fit the paradigm for classic vaccine development Classic vaccines mimic natural immunity against reinfection generally seen in individuals recovered from infection there are no recovered AIDS patients. Most vaccines protect against disease, not against infection HIV infection may remain latent for long periods before causing AIDS. Most vaccines protect for years against viruses that change very little over time HIV-1 mutates at a rapid rate and efficiently selects mutant forms that evade immunity. Most effective vaccines are whole-killed or live-attenuated organisms killed HIV-1 does not retain antigenicity and the use of a live retrovirus vaccine raises safety issues. Most vaccines protect against infections that are infrequently encountered HIV may be encountered daily by individuals at high risk. Most vaccines protect against infections through mucosal surfaces of the respiratory or gastrointestinal tract the great majority of HIV infection is through...

Assessing Effect of Cancer Vaccines Immune Monitoring

Cancer cell vaccines stimulate the host's immune system to affect a response against tumor cells. They may produce local inflammatory responses that can induce tumor regression. The most sensitive technique for assessing a tumor-specific T cell response after immunization relies on the detection of the effects of T cell activation in response to tumor antigen, such as the secretion of cytokines or T cell proliferation. If immunization with a tumor cell vaccine results in an increase in the number of T cells against the immunizing antigen, then post-treatment cultures of T cells exposed to the appropriate target should produce a larger number of cytokines than those seen in pretreatment cultures. This can be detected by ELISA or ELISPOT assays. Methods to evaluate immune responses to vaccine therapy include DTH enzym and ELISPOT assays. DTH testing is commonly used to measure responses to autologous and allogeneic cell vaccines. A cellular immune response to the anti-gen(s) injected...

Box 2 Risk factors associated with poor antiHBs response to hepatitis B vaccine

Nonresponders mounted an appreciable anti-HBs titer. When nine of the 12 refractory nonresponders were sampled, six of them carried at least one of two extended major histocompatibility complex (MHC) HLA haplotypes B44-DR7-FC31 or B8-DR3-SC01. In contrast, only two of the 11 revaccinees sampled who responded to the second vaccine series carried these haplotypes, suggesting a genetic contribution to immuno-genicity 52 . In a large series of nearly 600 subjects who received a full course of hepatitis B vaccine, an analysis of HLA haplotypes among the 20 vaccinees with the lowest anti-HBs titer responses indicated a disproportionately higher number of HLA-B8-DR3-SC01 53 . When nine of the haplotype carriers were given three additional doses of vaccine, four of the five homozygotes but none of the nine heterozygotes remained hyporesponders. These findings implicate a recessive MHC-linked trait as a cause of hyporesponse to hepatitis B vaccination 53 . Efficacy of hepatitis B vaccines...

Lymphocyte Subpopulations in Melanoma Patients Treated with Dendritic Cell Vaccines

The main goal of cancer immunotherapy is to induce or boost tumor-specific effector cells able to eliminate or reduce tumor progression. In this study, we characterized lymphocyte phenotypes in melanoma patients receiving dendritic cell (DC)-based vaccinotherapy. We found that several biological markers served as unfavorable prognostic factors for patients' response to therapy. This included decrease of CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocyte levels, 10 and higher increase of CD16+CD3+CD8+ lymphocyte population, and increase of CD16+CD8+perforin+ T lymphocytes, especially in combination with decreased levels of CD16+CD8-perforin+ and CD8+CD16-perforin+ cells. Increase in CD8+CD16-perforin+ T lymphocytes with normal levels of CD16+CD8-perforin+ cells and the absence of CD16+CD8+perforin+ and regulatory lymphocytes were shown to be the positive prognostic markers for patients' response to DC vaccines.

Assessing the Role of Lymphocyte Subsets in Vaccine Induced Antitumor Activity

To study the role of CD4+ T cells and CD8+ T cells in either of the described vaccination protocols, CD4- - or CD8- - mice (both in the C57Bl 6 background) and wild type C57Bl 6 mice, which serve as controls, are challenged with B16 cells and vaccinated as described in the protocols above. 2. If other tumor models are used for which no gene-deficient mice are available, CD4+ and CD8+ T cells may be depleted by i.p. injections of 200-500 g in 500 L PBS of purified CD4 MAb (clone GK 1.5) or CD8 MAb (clone 2.43) or control rat MAb starting on the day before vaccination and repeated on day 1 and day 3 after vaccination to achieve complete depletion. Thereafter, antibodies should be administered once weekly to ensure continuous depletion (see Note 8). 3. NK cell contribution to tumor protection may be assessed by i.p. injection of 20 L anti-asialo GM1 or control serum starting the day before vaccination. Complete depletion of NK cells can be achieved if treatment is repeated about every 4...

Anticancer Vaccine Approaches Derived from Autologous and Allogeneic Tumor Cells

Many cancer vaccines currently being developed use autologous or allogeneic tumor cells as a source of antigen for immunizing patients. Live vaccines can be modified to enhance immunogenicity. Non-viable cell vaccines can be used as a source of antigenic peptides, RNA, or heat shock proteins. An autologous tumor cell vaccine is derived from a patient's own tumor. It offers the potential to immunize against antigens generated by tumor-specific gene mutations. An allogeneic tumor vaccine is derived from a cancer cell line or another patient's tumor. Allogeneic tumor cells are a more reliable and uniform source of antigens for the preparation of vaccines. These vaccines target antigens that are shared between the cell lines in the vaccine and patients' tumors. To avoid the possibility that live tumor cells may seed implants or metastasize, whole tumor cells are irradiated or otherwise killed before reinjection into patients. Thus, final preparations of autologous and allogeneic tumor...

Vaccine nonresponse and its management

Among individuals who do not respond to the initial series of hepatitis B vaccine, half may convert after an additional one to three doses 60,85 . Hypo-responders are more likely to seroconvert than nonresponders 86 . The use of investigational mix-particle vaccines containing pre-Sl, pre-S2, and S subunits does not enhance the seroconversion rate achieved by a standard S-unit vaccine of equivalent dosage 87 . Likewise, doubling administered doses for revaccination does not confer any immunologic advantage 88 . Nonresponders to a second series of vaccination are unlikely to develop adequate anti-HBs titers with further vaccine doses 5 . Another potential alternative is the use of vaccine adjuvants to enhance the immunogenicity of existing vaccines 89,90 . Clinical algorithms to reimmunize nonresponders have been described 86 . The use of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) as vaccine adjuvant operates by enhancing memory cell generation via both T and B cell...

Classical And Newly Developed Vaccines

Inactivated Vaccines The development of inactivated vaccines resulted from the development of methods to grow microbes and to purify the toxins. The preparation of inactivated vaccines is based on a golden rule emerging from Pasteur and Ramon's studies leading to preparation of anti-rabies and toxoid vaccines, respectively a vaccine should be devoid of pathogenicity but should preserve intact its immunogenicity. The killing of bacteria can be achieved by physical means (heat) or by chemical agents. For example, currently used influenza and Salk polio vaccines are produced by inactivation with formalin. Similarly, the conversion of toxins to toxoids was obtained by treatment with formalin. Table 2 lists currently used inactivated vaccines. Immunity Inactivated vaccines can induce only a humoral response. Functional antibodies are produced subsequent to recognition by the Ig receptor of B-cells of a protective epitope on the bacterial membrane or secreted toxins. Activation and...

Tolerance Induction Using DC Vaccines Current Approaches

Human DCs generated ex vivo have so far been used for induction of immunity rather than tolerance, particularly in the field of clinical cancer immunotherapy. An understanding of how DCs induce immunity vs tolerance is crucial not only for the development of such vaccines (118,119), but for expanding their use in autoimmune diseases and in solid organ transplantation. Several approaches have been trialed, including prevention of DC activation in vivo after transfer of immature DCs by use of nuclear factor-KB deficient DCs or coinjection of anti-CD40L mAb, and generation of tolerogenic DCs by pharmacological treatment in vitro, using cytokines such as IL-10, TGF-01, PgE2, vitamin D3 metabolites, specific nuclear factor-KB inhibitors, rapamycin, and other immunosuppressive drugs. In addition, targeting resting DCs through the administration of apoptotic cells is a possible means of inducing donor-specific tolerance in organ transplantation (reviewed in ref. 120).

Ixvaccine Prospects

Whether or not an efficacious vaccine against NLVs will be developed is unclear. Unfortunately, immunity following NL infection is not longlasting. Immunity against challenge has been demonstrated 2 months postinfection, but immunity to homologous virus declines after 2 years (112,113). This transient immunity induced by NLV infection is strain specific, since protection induced from one NLV strain does not afford substantial protection from different NLV strains (68,112). Curiously, persons with the highest preexisting levels of Norwalk antibodies are at the highest risk of developing symptomatic infection, suggesting that antibodies are not protective against NLV infection (7,41,113). Currently, recombinant NLV capsids are being evaluated as prospective vaccines (114). Expression of the Norwalk capsid genes in plant and insect cells (115-120) results in self-assembly of capsid proteins into virus-like particles. It was subsequently shown that Norwalk capsid proteins expressed in...


The practice of vaccination was introduced by Edward Jenner in the late 1700s, when he exposed people to cowpox to protect them from smallpox. He did this based on empirical observation. He had noticed that milkmaids would sometimes develop mild fever and smallpox-like blisters on their hands (the condition known as cow-pox), but would then be highly resistant to the more deadly smallpox. So he decided to scratch a small amount of pus from a cowpox lesion directly into the skin of a healthy individual, and then later expose that individual to pus taken from a real smallpox blister. Obviously, human subjects protection committees were not yet up and running in Jenner's day But in the vast majority of cases the individuals he treated were indeed made resistant to smallpox. The practice of vaccination for smallpox using Jenner's original method spread quickly after that. 1. Jenner's original smallpox vaccine was made from cowpox, but somewhere between Jenner's time and about 1860,...

Cancer Vaccines

Producing a vaccine against cancer has been a dream since the earliest days of immunology. The goal of a cancer vaccine, however, is different than for an infectious disease vaccine. The number of different types of cancer is huge as we said at the beginning, as many as there are different types of cells in the body. So undertaking mass vaccination programs prophylactically before disease develops is not going to be practical. Rather, we will want to develop individually tailored vaccines that can reverse the disease once it has become clinically detectable. It is only in recent years that we have understood both vaccination and cancer well enough to make informed attempts at producing a cancer vaccine. Early attempts often involved something as simple as surgically removing a patient's tumor, grinding it up, irradiating it, and reimplanting it into the body along with adjuvants known to stimulate antibody responses in general. Occasional positive effects were seen, but they were not...

Tumor Cell Vaccines

This chapter reviews the history of tumor cell vaccines, both autologous and allogeneic, as well as adjuvants used with tumor cell vaccines. The chapter discusses various tumor cell modifications that have been tested over the years. The immune response to tumor vaccines is briefly described, as are some methods of immune monitoring after vaccine therapy. Finally, there is a description of various tumor cell-based vaccines that have been tested in clinical trials.

Allogeneic Vaccines

Allogeneic tumor cell vaccines consist of either whole tumor cells or lysates of tumor cells bearing multiple antigens with immunogenic potential. Allogeneic tumor cell vaccines have several therapeutic and manufacturing advantages, such as the presence of multiple tumor-associated antigens (TAAs), the potential to minimize the tumor cell's immune escape, and the ability to be manufactured consistently and in lots large enough to treat multiple patients. These vaccines can be designed using multiple cell lines to increase different HLA antigen content, making them applicable to a broader group of patients (Marshall 2003). 6.1. Allogeneic Tumor Cell Vaccines for Melanoma This is an irradiated polyvalent allogeneic melanoma cell vaccine (PMCV) (Mitchell 1998) tested extensively in phase I and II clinical trials (Van Epps 2004). Results show a statistically significant increase in median and 5-year survival of stage III IV surgically resected patients with melanoma as compared with...

Autologous Vaccines

Autologous tumor cell vaccines are individualized and contain relevant antigens for any particular patient's tumor. These vaccines carry antigens unique to the patient's tumor cells, even ones that may be unknown to investigators. These vaccines, however, present some limitations. They depend on the availability of an adequate number of tumor cells. They require individualized manufacturing, incurring significant labor, expense, and time. Each lot of vaccine cells must meet FDA manufacturing guidelines. 7.1. Autologous Tumor Cell Vaccines for Melanoma M-Vax is a hapten-modified autologous melanoma cell vaccine using BCG as the adjuvant (Mitchell 2002a,b). Clinical trials have been done in the metastatic setting This vaccine is an autologous GM-CSF-secreting melanoma cell vaccine engineered with recombinant-incompetent adenovirus. The transduced melanoma cells are irradiated to prevent cell proliferation in vivo. A phase I trial by Kusumoto et al. (2001) showed that the vaccine was...

Antitumour vaccines

The production of anti-tumour vaccines has relied to a great extent on the technology used to develop vaccines against infectious agents. The immunogen is usually cells derived from the patient's own tumour. However, in some cases, cells from a similar but allogenic tumour are used to prepare the vaccine. Prior to inoculation, the cells are treated to prevent division and may be modified by the use of enzymes, chemicals or radiation to increase the expression of tumour-specific antigens. Alternatively, tumour-specific antigens are isolated from the cells and inoculated often with an adjuvant such as BCG, to enhance the response to the antigens. Although the technique is well established, many tumour-specific vaccines have not affected the tumour load. This may be due to a number of factors including immune defects in tumour-bearing patients, tumour vaccines only stimulate weak responses resulting in immunoselection. In recent years, viruses have been used as vectors and transfected...

Oral Vaccination

Mucosal immunization is an attractive alternative to parental immunization as with the use of appropriate delivery system, it is possible to stimulate both humoral and cell-mediated responses and to induce mucosal and systemic immunity simultaneously (Vady and O'Hagan 1996). The most convenient way of administering a drug vaccine is by the oral route. It affords high patient acceptability, compliance, and ease of administration when compared with traditional parental administration. Successful oral vaccination for hepatitis B could certainly have a greater impact on global immunization efforts. It is generally acknowledged that oral vaccination is largely ineffective due to substantial degradation of antigens by harsh acidic condition of the stomach and enzymatic degradation in gastrointestinal tract (Gabor et al. 2002 Singh et al. 2004 Lavelle et al. 2004). Additionally, poor absorption of the antigens by the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) contributes to the lower efficacy and...

DNABased Vaccination

Various of genetic approaches are another novel strategy for the vaccination against hepatitis B infection particularly for chronic HBV. DNA-based vaccination can elicit significant and long-lasting humoral and cell-mediated immunity including cytotoxic T lymphocytes and cytokines in mice (Oka et al. 2001), ducks (Le et al. 2003), and chimpanzees (Davis et al. 1996). Zhou et al. (2003) demonstrated that intramuscular injection of pVAX-PS, a DNA vaccine constructed by inserting the gene encoding the middle (pre-S2 plus S) envelope protein of HBV into a plasmid vector pVAX1, induced strong humoral immune response in tree shrews. However, in human clinical trials even very high doses of HBV DNA vaccine provoked much lower levels of immune responses as compared with the small animals. Therefore, it is very essential to increase the efficacy of the DNA-based vaccines for successful human application. He et al. (2005) successfully encapsulated plasmid DNA encoding HBV HBsAg in PLGA...

DNA Vaccines

Gene Gun Application

In a recently developed vaccination strategy, plasmid DNA encoding antigenic proteins is injected directly into the muscle of the recipient. Muscle cells take up the DNA and the encoded protein antigen is expressed, leading to both a humoral antibody response and a cell-mediated response. What is most surprising about this finding is that the injected DNA is taken up and expressed by the muscle cells with much greater efficiency than in tissue culture. The DNA appears either to integrate into the chromosomal DNA or to be maintained for long periods in an episomal form. The viral antigen is expressed not only by the muscle cells but also by dendritic cells in the area that take up the plasmid DNA and express the viral antigen. The fact that muscle cells express low levels of class I MHC molecules and do not express co-stimulatory molecules suggests that local dendritic cells may be crucial to the development of antigenic responses to DNA vaccines (Figure 18-6). DNA vaccines offer...

Influenza Vaccines

Prevention of influenza virus infection by immunization is a formidable task in older persons. Influenza A viruses, the primary cause of severe illness, are classified into subtypes on the basis of their hemagglutinin (H) and neuroaminidase (N) antigens. Sufficient antigen variation or drift within the same subtype, e.g., A Texas 77 (H3N2) versus A Bangkok 79 (H3N2), may occur over time so that infection or immunization with one strain may not induce immunity to related strains of the same subtype. Major antigenic shifts, which herald pandemic influenza, produce new viruses to which the population has no immunity, e.g., the shift in 1957 from H1N1 to H2N2. Influenza B viruses also cause disease in older persons and, although they are much more antigeni-cally stable than influenza A viruses, antigen variation does occur. Consequently, influenza vaccine presently must be administered each year and include the inactivated expected virus strains. Inactivated influenza vaccines consist of...


Among the multiple mechanisms that microorganisms have invented to acquire iron, some may lend themselves to preventive medicine by vaccination. Two such microbial strategies, manipulated to the benefit of the host, are briefly discussed here. First, the critical role played by Tbp and Lbp subunits in bacterial iron acquisition from host-specific Tf and Lf suggests that these receptor proteins may serve as good candidates for vaccination. Understandably, most of the work in this direction has been performed on Neisseria meningitidis, but the same approach is being taken with Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis and other pathogens. The TbpB and LbpB subunits are presently viewed as better immunogens than their TbpA and LbpA counterparts. Convalescent-phase sera from patients infected with the above mentioned organisms contain antibodies directed against TbpB. The fact that recombinant TbpBs generate protective antibodies indicates that industrial production of TbpBs for...

Pneumococcal Vaccine

The overall annual incidence of pneumococcal bacteremia is 50-80 cases per 100,000 in persons 65 yr of age and older approximately 85 of these cases are associated with pneumonia. Despite appropriate antimicrobial therapy and intensive medical care, the overall case-fatality rate for pneumococcal bacteremia in older patients is 30-40 nearly 50 of these deaths could potentially be prevented by the use of pneumococcal vaccine (23). Moreover, the continued emergence of drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae and its clinical importance further emphasizes the need for preventing pneumococcal infections by vaccination (24). The current recommended immunizing agent is pneumococcal vaccine, polyvalent. In July 1983, a 23-valent preparation was licensed in the United States to replace an earlier 14-valent preparation. The vaccine contains purified polysaccharides antigens representing 85-90 of the serotypes (1-5, 6B, 7F, 8, 9N, 9B, 10A, 11A, 12F, 14, 15B, 17F, 18C, 19A, 19F, 20, 22F, 23F, and...

Richard E Anderson md facp

It is a difficult time to be a physician in the United States. In an era when life expectancy is increasing, when major progress has been recognized in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery and cerebrovas-cular disease, when a new generation of biologic therapies is beginning to reward decades of effort in the battle against cancer, when AIDS has become treatable and preventive vaccines are entering clinical trials, when CAT scanning and MRIs have revolutionized our windows into the human body, when surgeons can utilize noninvasive operative techniques and robotic surgery is a reality, when science is now unveiling the genomic abnormalities in a host of human diseases, how can this be

Virus perpetuation in populations biological variables that determine persistence or eradication

In this review, I use the term perpetuation for persistence of a virus in a population, since this is a different phenomenon from persistence of a virus in an infected host. Important variables that influence perpetuation differ in small (< 1,000 individuals) and large (> 10,000) populations in small populations, two important variables are persistence in individuals, and turnover of the population, while in large populations important variables are transmis-sibility, generation time, and seasonality. In small populations, viruses such as poliovirus that cause acute infections cannot readily be perpetuated, in contrast to viruses such as hepatitis B virus, that cause persistent infections. However, small animal populations can turnover significantly each year, permitting the perpetuation of some viruses that cause acute infections. Large populations of humans are necessary for the perpetuation of acute viruses for instance, measles required a population of 500,000 for...

Interference with Functions Survival of Effector T Lymphocytes

At the same time, GM-CSF is widely used as immune adjuvant in antitumor vaccines 36 . This dual role of GM-CSF (stimulatory and suppressive) suggests that GM-CSF and MSC are involved in maintaining immune homeostasis under normal physiologic conditions but in the tumor presence are subverted to promote its escape.

Reactive or postinfectious arthritis

Classically, viral arthritis is polyarticular and may, at times, be migratory. The prodromal, preicteric phase of hepatitis B can present classically with rash and arthritis. Other viruses known to produce a polyarticular presentation are rubella virus (including after vaccination), mumps virus, Epstein-Barr virus (infectious mononucleosis), and parvovirus B19. Parvovirus causes fifth disease or erythema infectiosum, a febrile exanthem in children. It can mimic acute rheumatic fever with a migratory polyarthritis or can produce an RA-like, seronegative chronic polyarthritis in adults and some children.

Resistance of Tumor Cells to Immune Intervention

The process of tumor cell immune destruction mediated by the host is seldom efficient, given the many mechanisms of tumor escape. Further, as tumor cells sensitive to killing by the granule-mediated, death ligand-mediated, cytokine-dependent or antibody-dependent pathways are eliminated, those that survive gain advantage 20, 108, 175, 180 . In a way, the host facilitates tumor progression by utilizing killer mechanisms for making room and selecting the fittest. Immunoselection of resistant tumor cells is best illustrated by experiments performed in mice bearing chemically induced tumors. Methylcholantrene, a carcinogen implicated in cancer development in man, also induces murine tumors with a high incidence of genetic alterations and sensitivity to wild-type (wt)-sequence p53-specific CTL 33 . DNA-and DC-based vaccines targeting wt p53peptides were given to tumor-bearing mice in the protection or therapy setting 30 . The efficacy of these vaccines was found to be severely compromised...

Adaptation to Cultured Cells or Laboratory Animals

Litis virus in suckling mice In oilier cases minimal signs of infection are observed initially, but after serial passage, sometimes piolonged, clinical disease is regularly produced, as, for example, in the adaptation of pohovirus to mice Likewise, newly isolated viruses at fust often lail to grow in certain kinds of cultured cells, but can be adapted by serial passage Most virologic research is performed with strains of virus adapted to grow rapidly to high yield and to produce plaques or cytopathic changes in continuous cell lines. A frequent by-product of such adaptation to a new experimental host is the coincident attenuation of the virus for its original host, for example, polio-viruses, by their adaptation to monkey kidney cell cultures and serial passage in them, were attenuated sufficiently to be used as vaccines

Emergence and persistence in macro and micro environments

The characteristics of viral emergence and persistence can thus be considered in two independent, though not necessarily unrelated, contexts. The first is in the broad environmental sense that considers such factors as climate, rainfall, forest management, vector and reservoir distribution, changing demographic profiles and so forth. The second concerns the environment within, whether within be infected cells and organs in arthropods, vertebrates or humans. Some determining factors are virus growth characteristics, virus escape mechanisms, immune receptor (antibody or TCR) specificity and diversity, immune selective pressure, antigen presentation characteristics, lymphocyte proliferation rates and the quality of immune effector function, both at the cell and the molecular level. When it comes to the practical consideration of developing protective vaccines, it is also necessary to think about the nature and durability of immune memory 21,40, 115 .

Plasma cellsB lymphocytes and antibodies

Antibody has been the traditional focus of virologists interested in the immediately practical concern of making effective vaccines. Techniques for generating strong serum antibody response to pathogens, or their products, were known through much of the 20th century, and provided our first opportunity to exploit immunotherapy with products like antitoxins and antivenenes. Many of the first immunologists were, in fact, called serologists. Early pioneering work on the immune system, including the discovery of the role of the plasma cell in antibody production 44 by Astrid Fagraeus (1913-1993), was done, for example, at the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen. Measurement of serum neutralizing antibody is still the best correlate of vaccine-induced immunity for many viruses. In the main, the protective, virus-specific immunoglobulin (Ig) molecules are targeted to tertiary, conformed determinants of glycoproteins expressed on the surface of the virion 76 . Such pre-existing Ig may not...

Central Nervous System Infection

Mortality at 22 (Wenger et al. 1990). By 1995, 5 years after the introduction of H. influenzae conjugate vaccines, H. influenzae had become a less common cause of meningitis than L. monocytogenes, which accounted for 20 of cases in neonates and 20 in those > 60 years of age (Schuchat et al. 1997). Worldwide, L. monocytogenes is one of the three major causes of neonatal meningitis, is second only to pneumococcus as a cause of bacterial meningitis in adults > 50 years, and is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in patients with lymphoma, patients with organ transplants, or those receiving corticosteroid immunosuppression for any reason (Mylonakis et al. 1988 Lorber 1997 Siegman-Igra et al. 2002 Safdar and Armstrong 2003).

Antigen presentation pathways and their role in human disease

T lymphocytes (T cells) have evolved to be the major effectors of cognate immunity in the vertebrate immune system. T cells possess receptors (TCRs) which, in a highly specific manner, recognize human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-presented peptides on the surface of host cells. HLA molecules bind peptides produced by degradation of proteins. The transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP) is a transmembrane protein responsible for the transport of antigenic peptides into the endoplasmic reticulum where they are then bind to HLA class I. The importance of TAP to the function of the HLA class I antigen presentation pathway is demonstrated by markedly reduced cell-surface HLA class I expression in cells defective in TAP expression (Spies & DeMars 1991). Understanding the pathways of antigen processing and presentation is important for the design ofimmunotherapeutic drugs and vaccines and for understanding the mechanism behind HLA-associated disease associations. relationships...

Influence of Prophylactic Immunization on the Immune Defenses

Vaccines provide protection from diseases, but in most cases cannot entirely prevent re-infection. Vaccination normally results in a limited infection by an attenuated pathogen, or induces immunity through the use of killed pathogens or toxoids. The former type of vaccine produces a very mild infection or illness capable of inducing an immune response and which subsequently protects the host against re-infection. The successful eradication of smallpox in the seventies so far represents the greatest success story in the history of vaccination. The fact is that vaccinations never offer absolute security, but instead improve the chances of survival by a factor of 100 to 10 000. A special situation applies to infections with noncytopathic agents in which disease results from the immune response itself (see above). Under certain circumstances, and in a small number of vaccinated persons, the vaccination procedure may therefore shift the balance between immune defense and infection towards...

Uses of Genetic Engineering

In addition to the great value of genetic engineering for experimental virology, practical applications to animal viruses include the development of nucleic acid probes for diagnosis by nucleic acid hybridization (see Chapter 12) and novel methods for (he production of vaccines, including the use of vaccinia or fowlpox viius as vectors (see Chapter 13). Combined with the polymerase chain reaction and the availability of simple and fast methods of nucleotide sequencing, genetic engineering has also led to studies of animal virus genomes that could not be previously be contemplated. Among the achievements so far are the following.

Factors Promoting Antimicrobial Resistance And Measures To Control Its Spread

Appropriate antibiotic use by clinicians, public education, improved diagnostic techniques, vaccines The key measure for controlling antibiotic resistance in community-acquired pathogens is avoiding the use of antibiotics for probable viral conditions (43,96). However, other measures education, vaccinations, surveillance, and the development of new antimicrobial agents supplement judicious antibiotic use, and are actively being pursued by public health advocates, pharmaceutical companies, and researchers. Vaccination can prevent disease caused by community-acquired pathogens and, in some cases, may play a role in decreasing resistant pathogens. The current conjugate 7-valent pneumococcal vaccine formulation covers more than 75 of resistant pneumo-cocci and reduces carriage. Routine use of this conjugate pneumococcal vaccine to prevent pediatric disease may prove to be a valuable tool in controlling pneumococcal resistance (41).

Hazard Identification

The characteristic of antigenic peptides used for the generation of vaccines has been discerned from Monte Carlo computer experiments. Peptides should have the propensity to form a-helices that do not develop coil conformations. In addition, they should have a lysine at the C-terminus (Spouge et al., 1987). Moreover, the T-cell epitopes should not be segmentally amphipathic (e.g., two disjointed subpeptides one of which is hydrophobic while the other is hydro-philic).

Andy S Yu MDa Ramsey C Cheung MDbc Emmet B Keeffe MDc

The national strategy to eliminate HBV transmission in the United States focuses on four major categories of subjects, including (1) neonates, (2) infants, (3) adolescents, and (4) adults who are at increased risks for infection 6 . Identification of pregnant women who test positive for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and timely postexposure prophylaxis of their newborns with hepatitis B vaccine can prevent most perinatal transmission 7 . Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all newborns before hospital discharge, regardless of maternal HBsAg status. Neonates born to mothers who are chronic HBsAg carriers should receive the first dose of vaccine within 12 hours of birth, accompanied by hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) at a different injection site. To further prevent transmission of HBV, both universal vaccination of infants and catch-up vaccination of all adolescents are now recommended in the United States (Box 1) 8 . It is required by 33 states for entry to middle...

The Immune Response to Infectious Disease

There can be no doubt that this simple truth has played the major role in the evolutionary shaping of the immune system we have today. The failure of any individual part of our immune defense system leads to serious disease, and often death. Infectious disease was the leading disease of death in humans until just over a hundred years ago. A combination of public health measures and vaccination has greatly reduced the toll in human suffering and lives, but infectious disease is still out there and can wreak enormous harm, as HIV-induced AIDS constantly reminds us. More than 150,000 people in the United States still die each year from infectious disease 35,000 from flu alone

Conclusions And Perspectives

The appreciation that activation of the innate immune system initiates, amplifies and drives antigen-specific immune responses together with the identification of discrete cell types, specific receptors and the signaling pathways involved in the activation of innate immunity has provided a multitudo of new targets for exploitation by the developments of adjuvants for vaccines (Deepe 2004). Developments in DC biology are providing opportunities for improved strategies for the prevention and management of fungal diseases in immunocompromised patients. The ultimate challenge will be to design fungal vaccines capable of inducing optimal immune responses by targeting specific receptors on DCs. This will require, however, further studies aimed at elucidating the convergence and divergence of pathways of immune protection elicited in infections or upon vaccination.

Mucosal Adjuvants And Delivery Systems

Since immune effector cells initiated by triggering mucosal inductive sites can migrate to the systemic compartment and to distant mucosal sites, mucosal administration of vaccines represents an attractive strategy for provision of immunity in both the mucosal and systemic compartments. Unfortunately, probably because the mucosal surfaces are continuously exposed to a myriad of exogenous antigens, most protein antigens are poorly immunogenic when given mucosally. Furthermore, oral delivery of antigen can instead result in immunologic unresponsiveness (oral tolerance). Therefore, adjuvants or antigen delivery systems are needed to ensure the development of effective immune responses to mucosally delivered antigens. For reasons still to be elucidated, classic systemic adjuvants such as alum are unable to stimulate mucosal S-IgA Ab responses. Unlike many protein antigens, the bacterial enterotoxin CT is highly immunogenic when administered by mucosal routes (127). Furthermore, CT and the...

List of Contributing Speakers

Gankovskaya Department of Viral Infection Diagnostics, Mechnikov Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera, Moscow, Russia Vyacheslav F. Lavrov Department of Viral Infection, Mechnikov Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera, Diagnostics, Moscow, Russia Joel de Le n Department of Vaccines, Center of Molecular Immunology, Havana, Cuba Boris Semenov Mechnikov Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera, Moscow, Russia Vitaly Zverev Mechnikov Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera, Moscow, Russia

Susceptibility to Botulism

In contrast, antibody to neurotoxin has been detected in a small number of patients receiving multiple exposures to neurotoxin, whether in adult intestinal colonization botulism (97), infant botulism (98), or after receiving larger doses of injected type A botulinum toxin as therapy (99). As few belong to these groups exposed repeatedly to neurotoxin, few persons, if any, would not develop botulism if exposed to sufficient neurotoxin. One exception may be laboratory workers immunized for occupational protection with the investigational pentavalent (ABCDE) botulinum toxoid vaccine, distributed in the United States by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (100).

Viral Virulence and Host Resistance

Variability in the response of individuals to infection is regularly observed during epidemics. For example, during an outbreak of influenza some people (mainly old persons or those with preexisting respiratory disease) may die, while others will suffer a brief attack but quickly recover. The great majority of arbovirus and enterovirus infections are subclinical for every individual who develops encephalitis during an arbovirus epidemic, or paralytic poliomyelitis during a poliovirus outbreak, dozens more will have no symptoms, the only evidence of infection being a sharp rise in antibody titer. The dose of infecting virus may play a part in determining these differences, but genetic and physiologic factors in the host are probably more important. A unique opportunity to observe the wide variation in innate resistance of healthy young adults of the same age and sex, receiving an identical dose of virus by the same route, arose in 1942 when more than 45,000 U.S. military personnel were...

The organisms and special situations

The distribution of osteomyelitis is influenced dramatically by the age of the patient, the specific causative organism, and the presence or absence of any underlying disorder or situation. in infants and children, acute osteomyelitis most commonly is caused by hematogenous spread. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common causative agent, followed by b-hemolytic streptococcus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa 7,8 . The incidence of infection by Haemophilus influenzae has declined dramatically because of widespread HIB vaccination 8-10 . Although any bone can be affected, the most commonly involved are the metaphyses of long bones, especially the distal femur and proximal tibia, followed by the distal humerus, distal radius, proximal femur, and proximal humerus 11 . S aureus is also the most prevalent infecting organism later in life in osteomyelitis of the mature skeleton, and Gram-negative rods are found in the elderly. Fungal osteomyelitis is a...

The Institute And People Involved

The Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) began as a network of bacteriology laboratories in England and Wales, the Emergency Public Health Laboratory Service (EPHLS), brought together in 1939 to combat the threat of epidemics during the Second World War (Williams, 1985). In 1946 a permanent service was established and subsequently enlarged to include 63 laboratories by 1969 to monitor and control the spread of infectious disease in peacetime. In 1946 a collection of reference laboratories was assembled on the site of the Government Lymph Establishment at Colindale in North West London, where previously smallpox vaccine was produced. This formed the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) and included the Virus Reference Laboratory (VRL), the initial function of which was to set up diagnostic facilities for smallpox. The work of CPHL expanded, and in 1951 the building of the ''tower block'' (Fig. 4.1), was begun. VRL was housed on the third floor of this building, and much of the...

Other uses of Tcell hybridomas

Some interesting applications of T-cell hybridomas include looking at the role of non-anchor residues of Db restricted peptides in class I binding and TCR triggering (57), studies of T-cell tolerance (58), vaccine design (59, 60), T-cell receptors, and superantigens (61). The use of a T-cell hybridoma to study mechanisms of antigen processing and presentation by a murine myoblast cell line (62) led to the increasing use of DNA constructs as a means of vaccination.

Ralph S Freedman md phd

Both prophylactic and therapeutic bioimmunotherapeutic strategies require pharmaco-dynamic and immunologic end points that can guide each phase in the development of an effective approach. Review of systemic and intraperitoneal (IP) immunotherapy trials of interferon (IFN) a, IFNy, and interleukin 2 (IL2), as well as newer agents such as IL12 and Flt3 ligand, overall continues to offer promise of a role for bioimmunotherapy in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Future developments lie in the improved target specificity of activated cells and cell-surface-binding molecules and in a systematic plan for combining chemotherapy with cytokines, growth factors, and polyvalent vaccines that are based on the in vivo dynamics of each agent. Another totally different approach, which could set a new paradigm, might be to target cells from the inflammatory immune system, which could contribute to tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis. An important question that is relevant to in vivo efficacy of...

Early Studies Revealed Humoral and Cellular Components of the Immune System

Although Pasteur proved that vaccination worked, he did not understand how. The experimental work of Emil von Behring and Shibasaburo Kitasato in 1890 gave the first insights into the mechanism of immunity, earning von Behring the Nobel prize in medicine in 1901 (Table 1-1).Von Behring and Kitasato demonstrated that serum (the liquid, noncellu-lar component of coagulated blood) from animals previously immunized to diphtheria could transfer the immune state to unimmunized animals. In search of the protective agent, various researchers during the next decade demonstrated that an active component from immune serum could neutralize toxins, precipitate toxins, and agglutinate (clump) bacteria. In each case, the active agent was named for the activity it exhibited antitoxin, precipitin, and agglutinin, respectively. Complement-mediated bacteriolysis Discovery of human blood groups Development of yellow fever vaccine Antihistamines

Prevention and Treatment of Infection

Prevention and early treatment of respiratory infections may help decrease the frequency, duration, and severity of acute exacerbations of COPD. Influenza vaccination should be performed annually in all patients, for it has been shown that it reduces morbidity and mortality during influenza seasons. Amantadine or rimantadine can be used for prophylaxis for those patients who are not immunized but are at high risk of contracting influenza, or for treatment of influenza A. A new class of antiviral agents, called neuraminidase inhibitors, has recently become available for the treatment of acute influenza A and B. These agents are available either as a pill (oseltamivir) or by inhalation (zanamivir). Clinical trials have shown that the neuraminidase inhibitors reduce the duration of both influenza A and B infection without significant side effects. The efficacy of pneumococcal vaccine in preventing or reducing serious pneumococcal infections in patients with COPD remains controversial....

Dendritic Cells In Hiv Infection

Despite their putative role in facilitating initial HIV infection, as APCs, DCs play important roles in both innate and acquired immunity to HIV infection. Plasmacytoid DC are important in innate immunity by producing IFN-a upon HIV exposure that partially inhibit viral replication. These cells also induce Thl immunity (33,34). Myeloid DC induce both primary and recall HIV-specific helper T-cell and CTL responses that kill virus-infected target cells (20,35-37). There are controversial reports of defective antigen presentation by DCs to T-cells in HIV-infected patients (38-45). Moreover, as HIV-infected patients progress to AIDS, there is progressive deterioration in the ability to generate functional DCs from precursors in the blood and bone marrow. Nonetheless, CTL epitopes of HIV induce both primary and secondary immune responses (20,35), and such epitopes are candidates for use in vaccines. Exposure of DCs to these epitopes followed by administration of antigen-loaded DCs in vivo...

In Agglutination Inhibition Absence of Agglutination Is Diagnostic of Antigen

Agglutination Inhibition Hcg Assay

Agglutination inhibition assays are widely used in clinical laboratories to determine whether an individual has been exposed to certain types of viruses that cause agglutination of red blood cells. If an individual's serum contains specific antiviral antibodies, then the antibodies will bind to the virus and interfere with hemagglutination by the virus. This technique is commonly used in premarital testing to determine the immune status of women with respect to rubella virus. The reciprocal of the last serum dilution to show inhibition of rubella hemagglutination is the titer of the serum. A titer greater than 10 (1 10 dilution) indicates that a woman is immune to rubella, whereas a titer of less than 10 is indicative of a lack of immunity and the need for immunization with the rubella vaccine.

Clostridium perfringens Type A Food Poisoning

While a possible CPE toxoid vaccine candidate has been identified (65), the relatively mild nature of most cases of C. perfringens type A food poisoning precludes the need for widespread vaccination. Therefore, the most effective method for controlling this foodborne illness is to prevent the contamination of foods with pathogenic levels of chromosomal cpe isolates.

Recovery from Viral Infection

In generalized diseases characterized by a viremia in which virions circulate free in the plasma, circulating antibody plays a significant role m recovery. Unlike those with a T-cell deficit, children with severe primary agammaglobulinemia recover normally from measles or varicella but are about 10,000 times more likely than normal children to develop paralytic disease after vaccination with live attenuated poliovirus vaccine. They have normal cell-mediated immune and interferon responses, normal phagocytic cells and complement, but cannot produce antibody, which is essential if poliovirus spread to the central nervous system via the bloodstream is to be prevented.

Association of HLA Class I Alterations with Tumor Escape and Cancer Progression

Recently, we have observed an interesting association of HLA class I expression and metastatic progression in a melanoma patient, whose subcutaneous metastases responded differently to autologous tumor cell vaccination (Cabrera et al. 2007). We analyzed three progressing and three regressing metastatic lesions for HLA class I expression using immunohistochemistry, tissue microdissection, LOH analysis, and other molecular techniques. Interestingly, the progressors had low HLA class I expression and higher frequency of LOH in chromosomes 6 and 15. In addition, all of the progressing metastases were HLA-B negative. Expression of class I molecules was normal in the regressing metastases. LOH at chromosome 6 was detected in all six studied metastases, suggesting that this defect may also be found in the primary tumor, contributing to the mechanism of tumor escape and metastatic progression. Real-time quantitative PCR of the samples obtained from microdissected tumor showed lower mRNA...

Immunity to Reinfection

Whereas a large number of interacting phenomena contribute to recovery from viral infection, the mechanism of acquired-immunity to reinfection with the same agent appears to be much simpler. The first line of defense is antibody, which, if acquired by active infection with a virus that causes systemic infections, continues to be synthesized for many years, providing solid protection against reinfection. The degree of acquired immunity generally correlates well with the titer of antibody in the serum. Further, transfer of antibody alone, whether by passive immunization or by maternal transfer from mother to fetus, provides excellent protection in the case of many viral infections Thus it is reasonable to conclude that antibody is the most influential factor in immunity acquired by natural infection or by vaccination If the antibody defenses are inadequate, the mechanisms that contribute to recovery are The immune response to the first infection with a virus can have a dominating...

Necrotic Enteritis

It is possible to actively immunize people against P-toxin using a type C toxoid (5). The effectiveness of this vaccine is now well documented when this vaccine was introduced into Papua New Guinea in 1980, an 80 reduction in necrotizing enteritis cases soon followed (5).

Intervention by Physical Means Radiation Hyperthermia Electrochemical Therapy

Data from pre-clinical studies provide the proof of principle that different immunotherapeutic strategies can be combined with RT to enhance antitumor effects. An adenovector expressing TNF-a under the control of an irradiation-inducible promoter was developed. A recently published phase I study in patients with solid tumors demonstrated safety and a greater response in lesions treated with a viral vector and RT compared with RT alone 104 . Another clinical trial was designed to examine whether vaccination with Pox-virus encoding prostate specific antigen could be combined with standard external beam RT in patients with prostate cancer. The trial suggests that this combination can generate an antigen cascade with development of T cells directed against other TAAs then those present in the vaccine 105 , a phenomenon recently proposed to play a crucial role in determining the therapeutic efficacy of immunotherapy 106, 107 .

Methods Of Dendritic Cell Enrichment

Human DC precursors in blood constitute about 1 of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (30,107). The low frequency of such DCs and the lack of specific DCs markers have been barriers to the isolation of sufficient numbers of DCs for routine study let alone development of DC vaccines. However, DCs can be enriched from the blood using density-based purification (46). Most DC precursors present in peripheral blood are lymphoid-appearing cells that can be separated from monocytes on the basis of their different buoyant densities. Our group currently uses centrifugation through a solution of Percoll for this purpose. After 24-48 hours of culture, the buoyant density of DC precursors decreases, enabling their separation from lymphocytes by centrifugation through solutions of metrizamide, Nycodenz, or Percoll. Our group has made extensive use of this approach to prepare DCs for clinical trials (46,108). Flt3-ligand, a bone marrow growth factor, can also be used to increase DC yields by...

Epidemiology And Clinical Relevance

Bacterial meningitis in the older adult continues to be associated with high case fatality rates and significant morbidity. Improved modes of diagnosis may be on the horizon however, atypical presentations in the older adult make early diagnosis more difficult in this population. Effective, early treatment is important in decreasing the morbidity and mortality but has become more complicated due to antimicrobial resistance. The prevention of some forms of bacterial meningitis may be feasible, but even currently available vaccines are markedly underutilized in at-risk populations. 1-23 mo of age) where the annual number of cases fell from 7270 to 948, an 87 decrease felt to be largely due to the widespread use of H. influenzae vaccine (5).

Intrathymic Selection New Insight into Tumor Immunology

Central tolerance to self-antigens is formed in the thymus where deletion of clones with high affinity to self' takes place. Expression of peripheral antigens in the thymus has been implicated in T cell tolerance and autoimmunity. During the last years, it has been shown that medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs) are the unique cell type expressing a diverse range of tissue-specific antigens. Promiscuous gene expression is a cell autonomous property of thymic epithelial cells and is maintained during the entire period of thymic T cell output. The array of promiscuously expressed self-antigens was random and included well-known targets for cancer immunotherapy, such as a-fetoprotein, P1A, tyrosinase, and gp100. Gene expression in normal tissues may result in tolerance of high-avidity cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL), leaving behind low-avidity CTL that cannot provide effective immunity against tumors expressing the relevant target antigens. Thus, it may be evident that tumor...

Summary Of General Approach To Medical Management Of Copd

During acute exacerbations, a short course of high-dose corticosteroids should be considered. Long-term systemic corticosteroids should only be used in the sickest patients who fail to respond to all other therapy and have shown objective improvement with this therapy. Antibiotics should be used early when a respiratory infection develops, and influenza and pneumo-coccal vaccines should be given routinely to all COPD patients.

Aire and Thymic Selection

Such spatially secluded antigens as cancer testis (CT) antigens, of which more than 40 have now been identified, are encoded by genes normally expressed in the human germ line but are also expressed in melanoma and carcinomas of the bladder, lung, and liver. These immunogenic proteins are being vigorously pursued as targets for therapeutic cancer vaccines (Van Der Bruggen, Zhang, Chaux, Stroobant, Panichelli, Schultz, Chapiro, Van Den Eynde, Brasseur, and Boon 2002 Simpson, Caballero, Jungbluth, Chen, and Old 2005). It is very important that the array of promiscuously expressed self-antigens in mTECs includes well-known targets for cancer immunotherapy, such as a-fetoprotein, tyrosinase, and gp100. Therefore, intrathymic selection makes the immune system tolerant to tumor-associated antigens. Gene expression in normal tissues may result in tolerance of high-avidity CTL, leaving behind low-avidity CTL that cannot provide effective immunity against tumors expressing the relevant target...

Transduction with Allorestricted TCR as a Mean to Overcome Central Tolerance

Negative selection ablates high-avidity clones specific to tumor-associated antigens of individual 1. This process makes antitumor immune response and vaccination of individual 1 inefficient. Clones with required specificity may be isolated from allogeneic individual 2 for subsequent cloning of T cell receptors(TCRs) and retroviral transduction of T lymphocytes of individual 1. Figure 1. Negative selection ablates high-avidity clones specific to tumor-associated antigens of individual 1. This process makes antitumor immune response and vaccination of individual 1 inefficient. Clones with required specificity may be isolated from allogeneic individual 2 for subsequent cloning of T cell receptors(TCRs) and retroviral transduction of T lymphocytes of individual 1.

Insights into Mechanisms of Immune Resistance in the Tumor Microenvironment through Molecular Profiling

Abstract Many patients with melanoma show spontaneous T cell responses against tumor antigens, and induction or amplification of these T cells responses can frequently be achieved through vaccination or adoptive T cell transfer. However, tumor responses as measured by tumor shrinkage remain infrequent. These observations have argued for analysis of the tumor microenvironment in metastatic melanoma for potential mechanisms of resistance to immune effector function at the level of the target tumor site. This review discusses two categories of regulation at the level of the tumor microenvironment, chemokine-mediated migration of effector T cells and active immune suppression, that have been identified through gene expression profiling of human specimens. Melanoma cell-intrinsic apoptosis also is discussed. The identification of these mechanisms points toward new strategies of intervention to consider for improving the clinical efficacy of T cell-based immunotherapy for cancer, and also...

Immunological Role of Dendritic Cells in Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is the second most frequent gynecological malignancy in the world. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the primary etiologic agent of cervical cancer. However, HPV alone is not sufficient for tumor progression. The clinical manifestation of HPV infection depends also on the host's immune status. Both innate and adaptive immunity play a role in controlling HPV infection. In untransformed HPV-infected keratinocytes, the innate immunity is induced to eliminate the invading HPV pathogen through sensitization to HPV-related proteins by epithelial-residing Langerhans cells (LCs), macrophages, and other immune cells. Once the HPV infection escapes from initial patrolling by innate immunity, cellular immunity becomes in charge of killing the HPV-infected keratinocytes of the uterine cervix through systemic immune response developing by dendritic cells (DCs) in the regional lymphoid organs or through local immune response developing by LCs in the cervix. Thereby,...

Control of arbovirus diseases is the vector the weak link

Arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) diseases (ABVDs) remain major threats to human health and well-being and, as an epidemiologic group, inflict an unacceptable health and economic burden on humans and animals, including livestock. The developed world has been fortunate to have escaped much of the burden that arboviruses and their arthropod vectors inflict on humans in disease endemic countries, but the introduction and rapid spread of West Nile virus in the Western Hemisphere demonstrated that we can no longer be complacent in the face of these emerging and resurging vector-borne diseases. Unfortunately, as the burdens and threats of ABVDs have increased, the U.S. and international public health capacity to address them has decreased. Vaccines are not available for most of these agents. Previously successful strategies to control ABVDs emphasized vector control, but source reduction and vector control strategies using pesticides have not been sustainable. New insights into...

Langerhans Cells in Cervical Neoplasia

Several studies have suggested that LCs in HPV lesions may be functionally impaired, contributing to the persisting infection (Scott et al. 2001 Fausch et al. 2005). The phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3-K) activation in LCs was proposed as a possible escape mechanism used by HPV to lack the ability of LCs to induce an anti-HPV immune response, and inhibition of PI3-K was suggested as an effective clinical target to enhance HPV immunity (Fausch et al. 2005). Since cell-mediated immune responses are suggested to be important in controlling both HPV infections and HPV-associated neoplasia, the way of generating powerful anticancer immune response may be to generate large numbers of autologous antigen-loaded DCs for vaccination.

Streptococcus Pneumoniae

The pneumococcus Streptococcus pneumoniae commonly grows in pairs (diplo-cocci) but also can grow in short chains. An outer polysaccharide capsule protects the organism against phagocytosis, and pneumococcal virulence is related to the composition and size of the capsule (1). There are 90 known capsular types. Anticapsular antibodies induced by infection or vaccination are protective in normal hosts. The pneumococcal cell wall lies directly beneath the capsule and is composed of murein and glycopeptides. Cell wall antigens are responsible for the intense inflammatory reaction associated with pneumococcal infections. Cell wall components also facilitate pneumococcal attachment to and entry into activated host cells. The phosphorylcholine moiety of lipoteichoic acid structurally mimics platelet-activating factor (PAF). This allows pneumococci to subvert and attach to PAF receptors on cell surfaces (2). Pneu-molysin is another important virulence factor produced by virtually all...

Epidemiology of Viral Infections

By introducing quantitative measurements of disease trends, epidemiology has come to have a major role in improving our understanding of the nature of diseases and in alerting and directing disease control activities. Epidemiologic study is also effective in clarifying the role of viruses in the etiology of diseases, understanding the interaction of viruses with environmental determinants of disease, determining factors affecting host susceptibility, unraveling modes of transmission, and testing of vaccines and drugs on a large scale.

Induction ofAntibody Production

Serum antibodies induced by immunization to common infectious agents can also help in the diagnosis of secondary immunodeficiency. Human serum should contain antibodies directed toward common childhood vaccine antigens such as diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, measles, and polio. Sometimes, it is necessary to determine whether the patient can respond to vaccination with unique antigens such as keyhole limpet hemocyanin or 4> X174, a well-studied bacteriophage. Because humans are not normally exposed to these antigens, a primary response is measured. In some immunodeficiencies, the patient cannot respond de novo to antigenic stimuli or certain forms of the antigen. As mentioned above, keyhole limpet hemocyanin is used to measure primary responses. Similarly, primary T-cell-independent responses can be determined by immunization with a pneu-mococcus vaccine (Schiffman, 1983). The anamnestic response can be measured by immunization with a T-cell-dependent antigen...

Antigen Specific Antibody Responses

Centers in the FDA and the EPA also require the petitioner to determine the effects ofthe test substance on responses to SRBCs (aT-cell-dependent antigen). It is expected that the OECD will also include this endpoint in the next version of the 407 Guidelines. The FDA will also accept antibody data from studies using human tetanus toxoid vaccine as an immunogen (Vos, 1977 Hinton, 1992). charide endotoxin, and human pneumococcal vaccine have been used in mice and rats (Hinton, 1992 Benson and Roberts, 1982). Using standard human sera provided by the FDA Center for Biologies, responses of the test species can be compared with human responses (Schiffman, 1982).

Prevention Control and Eradication of Viral Diseases

Nowhere in medicine is the adage Prevention is better than cure more appropriate than in viral diseases, for there is no effective treatment for most viral infections whereas there are several methods that may be applicable to their prevention or control. The ultimate step, which eliminates the need for control, is global eradication, which was achieved for smallpox in 1977. Within any country, control measures operate at various levels. Exotic diseases may be excluded by quarantine, a procedure that has more relevance nowadays in veterinary than in human medicine. Hygiene and sanitation are important methods of controlling enteric infections, and vector control may be useful for arbovirus diseases. However, the most generally useful control measure is vaccination.

Clinical Applications

Despite the multitude of papers that have investigated the properties of IFN-y, the clinical use of IFN-y is still somewhat limited. In the USA, IFN-y has been approved for only two specific uses treatment of chronic granulomatous disorder (CGD), as these patients are more susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections, and severe osteoporosis. Current clinical trials are limited, with a major effort being made in the use of IFN-y for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In this condition, IFN-y administration resulted in a survival benefit in certain subgroups. Other trials involving IFN-y include analysis of the effects on lung immune function in Mycobacterium tuberculosis-infected patients tolerance and toxicity of IFN-y alone or in combination with tumor necrosis factor in AIDS-related complex patients the effects of IFN-y in hepatitis C patients that do not respond to IFN-a the use of adenovirus vectors expressing IFN-y in cancer patients and evaluation of antifibrotic...

Control Measures

Vaccination is another alternative being assessed in several eradication programs. Several vaccine candidates including live, avirulent Typhimurium (40,41), inactivated Enteritidis phage type 4 (42), and genetically defined Enteritidis (43), to name just a few, have been evaluated for efficacy in preventing salmonellae colonization of chicks. Vaccination with avirulent Typhimurium induced protection against intestinal, visceral, reproductive tract, and egg colonization, and protection was shown to last at least 11 months (41). Reports also indicate that vaccination also prevented transmission of both Typhimurium and Enteritidis into eggs without affecting egg production (41). Chicks immunized with the genetically defined Enteritidis vaccine (43) demonstrated a significant reduction in colonization of spleen, liver, ovaries, and ceca. There was also a marked decrease in fecal shedding of salmonellae in the vaccine group. Results from the competitive exclusion and vaccine trials...

Other Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Like Tumor Antigens 551 Dr Jekyll CEA

Using human CEA-transgenic mouse models immune tolerance has been successfully overcome by certain vaccination strategies that generate CEA-specific, MHC-restricted CTLs, T cell proliferation, CD4+ T cell responses and anti-CEA antibody generation, which resulted in tumor rejection in these mice 77-81 . Very recently it was shown that genetically modified DCs that express CEA and Th1-type cytokines IL-12 and GM-CSF, can overcome peripheral immune tolerance to CEA and induce strong cellular antitumor activity in transgenic mice without creating autoimmunity 82, 83 . Similar results were achieved with a vaccine based on anti-Id antibody pulsed DCs, which induced both humoral and cellular (CTLs, helper and memory T cells) immune responses in the vaccinated CEA-transgenic mice and provided protective antitumor immunity. The anti-Id antibody was raised against anti-CEA antibody and mimics a single protective epitope of human CEA. This might be of advantage in comparison to CEA protein or...

Basic Overview of Course of Illness and Treatment of Hivaids

First identified in 1983, HIV contains ribonucleic acid (RNA) as its genetic material, as well as the enzyme reverse transcriptase, which is required to translate viral RNA into deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) so that it can use the host cell's nucleic material to replicate. The replicated virus particles, initially strung together, must be split apart by the protease enzyme before they are extruded from the host cell in order for them to become functional and damaging to the immune system. HIV mutates rapidly, making drug resistance a major problem and contributing to the difficulties in producing an effective vaccine. HIV-1 is the form of the virus that is the causative agent of disease in the United States and much of the rest of the world, but another strain, HIV-2, occurs in West Africa, with scattered cases appearing recently in Asia. HIV-2 is associated with considerably slower disease progression than HIV-1. Having either virus does not alter the vulnerability for infection with...

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