The project covers preclinical evaluation of an improvement of an adjuvant
protein HIV vaccine that entered clinical evaluation in February 2002. The
improvement will be achieved through a combination of the adjuvanted protein
vaccine with particle-mediated immune delivery of DNA (PMID-DNA) in a
prime-boost immunisation regimen. This regimen will be investigated in
mice and rhesus monkeys for superior immunogenicity and for efficacy in HAART.
The projects work contributes to developing an efficacious HIV-1
vaccine. The rationale of the immunisation strategy is targeted at
preventing disease and eventually showing therapeutic benefit to already
diseased individuals. Both vaccines’ profiles would be of value to public
The primary aim is to improve an adjuvanted protein clade B HIV vaccine. The
secondary aim is to demonstrate, in mice and monkeys, the increase of
HIV-specific humoral and cellular immune responses induced by a prime-boost
regimen over single modality administration, ie. adjuvanted protein vaccine
alone. The efficacy of a prime-boost regimen will be demonstrated in MuLV-mice
and SHIV monkey models.
The benefit of a prime-boost approach over a single modality approach
demonstrated in preclinical immunogenicity and efficacy studies.
Identification of an optimal immunisation schedule.
Clinical evaluation of the prime-boost approach combining adjuvanted protein
vaccine and PMID-DNA, both in prophylactic and therapeutic setting.
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|2||Britta Wahren||Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control and Microbiology and Tumorbiology Centre|
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|3||Jonathan Heeney||Foundation Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC), Department of Virology|
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