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Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2010 Oct;10(10):1469-87. doi: 10.1517/14712598.2010.519332.

Production of adenovirus vectors and their use as a delivery system for influenza vaccines.

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Purdue University, Bindley Bioscience Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Comparative Pathobiology, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.

Abstract

IMPORTANCE OF THE FIELD:

With the emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses that have crossed species barriers and are responsible for lethal infections in humans in many countries, there is an urgent need for the development of effective vaccines which can be produced in large quantities at a short notice and confer broad protection against these H5N1 variants. In order to meet the potential global vaccine demand in a pandemic scenario, new vaccine-production strategies must be explored in addition to the currently used egg-based technology for seasonal influenza.

AREAS COVERED IN THIS REVIEW:

Adenovirus (Ad) based influenza vaccines represent an attractive alternative/supplement to the currently licensed egg-based influenza vaccines. Ad-based vaccines are relatively inexpensive to manufacture, and their production process does not require either chicken eggs or labor-intensive and time-consuming processes necessitating enhanced biosafety facilities. Most importantly, in a pandemic situation, this vaccine strategy could offer a stockpiling option to reduce the response time before a strain-matched vaccine could be developed.

WHAT THE READER WILL GAIN:

This review discusses Ad-vector technology and the current progress in the development of Ad-based influenza vaccines.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE:

Ad vector-based influenza vaccines for pandemic preparedness are under development to meet global vaccine demand.

PMID:
20822477
PMCID:
PMC2951029
DOI:
10.1517/14712598.2010.519332
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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