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Vaccine. 2001 Jun 14;19(27):3652-60.

Pre-clinical safety and efficacy of TA-CIN, a recombinant HPV16 L2E6E7 fusion protein vaccine, in homologous and heterologous prime-boost regimens.

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Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University Medical Center, Building 1, E3-Q, PO Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) E6 and E7 oncoproteins are attractive targets for T-cell-based immunotherapy of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and cancer. A newly designed vaccine, comprising the HPV16 L2, E6 and E7 as a single fusion protein (TA-CIN), was shown to elicit HPV16-specific CTL, T-helper cells and antibodies in a pre-clinical mouse model. These immune responses effectively prevented outgrowth of HPV16-positive tumour cells in a prophylactic setting as well as in a minimal residual disease setting. CTL immunity was optimally induced when TA-CIN was employed in heterologous prime-boost regimens in combination with TA-HPV, a clinical grade vaccinia-based vaccine. These data provide a scientific basis for the use of TA-CIN, alone or in combination with TA-HPV in future human trials.

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