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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Jul 18;103(29):10834-9. Epub 2006 Jul 6.

A universal vaccine for serogroup B meningococcus.

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  • 1Novartis Vaccines, Via Fiorentina 1, 53100 Siena, Italy.


Meningitis and sepsis caused by serogroup B meningococcus are two severe diseases that still cause significant mortality. To date there is no universal vaccine that prevents these diseases. In this work, five antigens discovered by reverse vaccinology were expressed in a form suitable for large-scale manufacturing and formulated with adjuvants suitable for human use. The vaccine adjuvanted by aluminum hydroxide induced bactericidal antibodies in mice against 78% of a panel of 85 meningococcal strains representative of the global population diversity. The strain coverage could be increased to 90% and above by the addition of CpG oligonucleotides or by using MF59 as adjuvant. The vaccine has the potential to conquer one of the most devastating diseases of childhood.

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