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Vaccine. 1999 Jul 16;17(22):2769-78.

A randomized, controlled study in adults of the immunogenicity of a novel hepatitis B vaccine containing MF59 adjuvant.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, St. Louis University, MO 63110-0250, USA.


The safety and immunogenicity of a novel hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine containing recombinant PreS2 and S antigens combined with MF59 adjuvant (HBV/MF59) was evaluated in healthy adults (N=230) who were randomized to receive 2 or 3 immunizations of either the study vaccine or a licensed control vaccine (Recombivax HB). After a single immunization, 105 of 118 (89%) recipients of HBV/MF59 achieved protective serum levels of anti-HBs antibody (> 10 mIU/ml), compared with 13 of 110 (12%) recipients of licensed vaccine (P < 0.001). The geometric mean titer (GMT) after 2 doses of HBV/MF59 given 2 months apart (13,422 mIU/ml) was more than 5-fold higher than that following 3 doses of licensed vaccine given over 6 months (2,346 mIU/ml; P < 0.001). The GMT following 3 injections of HBV/MF59 (249,917 mIU/ml) was 100-fold higher than licensed vaccine (P < 0.001). Anti-PreS2 antibodies were elicited in over 90% of the subset of HBV/MF59 recipients tested. Both vaccines were well tolerated; transient, mild-to-moderate local inflammation was the major postinjection reaction.

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