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Institute for Translational Vaccinology

Bilthoven, Netherlands

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Hamidi A.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Boog C.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Jadhav S.,Serum Institute of India Ltd | Kreeftenberg H.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology
Vaccine | Year: 2014

The incidence of Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib) disease in developed countries has decreased since the introduction of Hib conjugate vaccines in their National Immunization Programs (NIP). In countries where Hib vaccination is not applied routinely, due to limited availability and high cost of the vaccines, invasive Hib disease is still a cause of mortality. Through the development of a production process for a Hib conjugate vaccine and related quality control tests and the transfer of this technology to emerging vaccine manufacturers in developing countries, a substantial contribution was made to the availability and affordability of Hib conjugate vaccines in these countries. Technology transfer is considered to be one of the fastest ways to get access to the technology needed for the production of vaccines. The first Hib conjugate vaccine based on the transferred technology was licensed in 2007, since then more Hib vaccines based on this technology were licensed.This paper describes the successful development and transfer of Hib conjugate vaccine technology to vaccine manufacturers in India, China and Indonesia. By describing the lessons learned in this process, it is hoped that other technology transfer projects can benefit from the knowledge and experience gained. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Westdijk J.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Koedam P.,Bilthoven Biologicals | Barro M.,Global Vaccines Inc. | Barro M.,Health-U | And 7 more authors.
Vaccine | Year: 2013

Six different adjuvants, each in combination with inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) produced with attenuated Sabin strains (sIPV), were evaluated for their ability to enhance virus neutralizing antibody titres (VNTs) in the rat potency model. The increase of VNTs was on average 3-, 15-, 24-fold with adjuvants after one immunization (serotypes 1, 2, and 3, respectively). Also after a boost immunization the VNTs of adjuvanted sIPV were on average another 7-20-27 times higher than after two inoculations of sIPV without adjuvant. The results indicate that it is feasible to increase the potency of inactivated polio vaccines by using adjuvants. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Blom H.,General Electric | Akerblom A.,General Electric | Kon T.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Shaker S.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | And 2 more authors.
Vaccine | Year: 2014

Vaccination is the most effective prevention strategy to avoid influenza infection and for protection of large populations. The vast majority of influenza vaccines are still produced with allantoic fluid from fertilized chicken eggs. The presence of ovalbumin, which can constitute over 60% of the total protein content in allantoic fluid, can result in severe allergies. Consequently, efficient reduction of ovalbumin is critical during egg based vaccine manufacturing. Here we present Capto Core 700, a novel core bead chromatographic flow through mode resin for removal of ovalbumin and compare it to sucrose zonal gradient ultracentrifugation, which is the industry standard for egg-based vaccine production. The results demonstrate that core bead chromatography is fully comparable to zonal centrifugation in removing ovalbumin to meet regulatory requirements. Furthermore, the scalability and the shorter process times of this method have the potential to significantly improve the productivity and economy for industrial production compared to zonal centrifugation. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Thomassen Y.E.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Rubingh O.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Wijffels R.H.,Wageningen University | van der Pol L.A.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Bakker W.A.M.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology
Vaccine | Year: 2014

Vero cells were grown adherent to microcarriers (Cytodex 1; 3gL-1) using animal component free media in stirred-tank type bioreactors. Different strategies for media refreshment, daily media replacement (semi-batch), continuous media replacement (perfusion) and recirculation of media, were compared with batch cultivation. Cell densities increased using a feed strategy from 1×106 cellsmL-1 during batch cultivation to 1.8, 2.7 and 5.0×106 cellsmL-1 during semi-batch, perfusion and recirculation, respectively.The effects of these different cell culture strategies on subsequent poliovirus production were investigated. Increased cell densities allowed up to 3 times higher d-antigen levels when compared with that obtained from batch-wise Vero cell culture. However, the cell specific d-antigen production was lower when cells were infected at higher cell densities. This cell density effect is in good agreement with observations for different cell lines and virus types. From the evaluated alternative culture methods, application of a semi-batch mode of operations allowed the highest cell specific d-antigen production.The increased product yields that can easily be reached using these higher cell density cultivation methods, showed the possibility for better use of bioreactor capacity for the manufacturing of polio vaccines to ultimately reduce vaccine cost per dose. Further, the use of animal-component-free cell- and virus culture media shows opportunities for modernization of human viral vaccine manufacturing. © 2014.


Pupo E.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Hamstra H.-J.,National Institute for Public Health and the Environment | Meiring H.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Van Der Ley P.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology
Journal of Biological Chemistry | Year: 2014

Engineering the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) biosynthetic pathway offers the potential to obtain modified derivatives with optimized adjuvant properties. Neisseria meningitidis strain H44/76 was modified by expression of the pagL gene encoding lipid A 3-O-deacylase from Bordetella bronchiseptica and by inactivation of the lgtB gene encoding the terminal oligosaccharide galactosyltransferase. Mass spectrometry analysis of purified mutant LPS was used for detailed compositional analysis of all present molecular species. This determined that the modified LPS was mainly pentaacylated, demonstrating high efficiency of conversion from the hexaacyl to the 3-O-deacylated form by heterologous lipid A 3-O-deacylase (PagL) expression. MS analyses also provided evidence for expression of only one major oligosaccharide glycoform, which lacked the terminal galactose residue as expected from inactivation of the lgtB gene. The immunomodulatory properties of PagL-deacylated LPS were compared with another pentaacyl form obtained from an lpxL1- mutant, which lacks the 2′ secondary acyl chain. Although both LPS mutants displayed impaired capacity to induce production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-6 in the monocytic cell line Mono Mac 6, induction of the Toll-interleukin-1 receptor domain-containing adaptor-inducing interferon-β-dependent chemokine interferon-γ-induced protein 10 was largely retained only for the lgtB-/pagL+ mutant. Removal of remaining hexaacyl species exclusively present in lgtB-/pagL+ LPS demonstrated that these minor species potentiate but do not determine the activity of this LPS. These results are the first to indicate a qualitatively different response of human innate cells to pentaacyl lpxL1- and pagL+ LPS and show the importance of detailed structure-function analysis when working with modified lipid A structures. The pagL+ LPS has significant potential as immune modulator in humans. © 2014 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.


Mommen G.P.M.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Mommen G.P.M.,University Utrecht | Mommen G.P.M.,Netherlands Proteomics Center | Meiring H.D.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | And 3 more authors.
Analytical Chemistry | Year: 2013

In proteomics, comprehensive analysis of peptides mixtures necessitates multiple dimensions of separation prior to mass spectrometry analysis to reduce sample complexity and increase the dynamic range of analysis. The main goal of this work was to improve the performance of (online) multidimensional protein identification technology (MudPIT) in terms of sensitivity, compatibility and recovery. The method employs weak anion and strong cation mixed-bed ion exchange chromatography (ACE) in the first separation dimension and reversed phase chromatography (RP) in the second separation dimension (Motoyama et.al. Anal. Chem 2007, 79, 3623-34.). We demonstrated that the chromatographic behavior of peptides in ACE chromatography depends on both the WAX/SCX mixing ratio as the ionic strength of the mobile phase system. This property allowed us to replace the conventional salt gradient by a (discontinuous) salt-free, pH gradient. First dimensional separation of peptides was accomplished with mixtures of aqueous formic acid and dimethylsulfoxide with increasing concentrations. The overall performance of this mobile phase system was found comparable to ammonium acetate buffers in application to ACE chromatography, but clearly outperformed strong cation exchange for use in first dimensional peptide separation. The dramatically improved compatibility between (salt-free) ion exchange chromatography and reversed phase chromatography-mass spectrometry allowed us to downscale the dimensions of the RP analytical column down to 25 μm i.d. for an additional 2- to 3-fold improvement in performance compared to current technology. The achieved levels of sensitivity, orthogonality, and compatibility demonstrates the potential of salt-free ACE MudPIT for the ultrasensitive, multidimensional analysis of very modest amounts of sample material. © 2013 American Chemical Society.


Thomassen Y.E.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Van Eikenhorst G.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Van Der Pol L.A.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Bakker W.A.M.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology
Analytical Chemistry | Year: 2013

Using a capillary isoelectric focusing-whole column imaging detection (CIEF-WCID) method, the isoelectric points (pI) of complete intact polioviruses were determined. The polioviruses that were analyzed are the commonly used viruses for the production of inactivated polio vaccines (IPV) - Mahoney (type 1), MEF (type 2), and Saukett (type 3) - as well as for attenuated oral polio vaccines (OPV) and Sabin types 1, 2, and 3. A method for analyzing biological hazardous components (biological safety level 2) was set up for the CIEF-WCID analyzer used. This method is based on closed circuits. The determined pI's were 6.2 for Mahoney, 6.7 for MEF-1, and 5.8 for Saukett. The pI's of Sabin types 1, 2, and 3 viruses were 7.4, 7.2, and 6.3, respectively. Resolution of the virus peaks was shown to be reproducible. Using this adjusted CIEF-WCID technique, the pI of biologically hazardous components like toxins or viruses can be determined, which is beneficial for the development of vaccine production methods among others. © 2013 American Chemical Society.


Thomassen Y.E.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology | Bakker W.A.M.,Institute for Translational Vaccinology
Vaccine | Year: 2015

Polio is expected to be eradicated within only a few years from now. Upon polio eradication, the use of oral polio vaccines, which can cause circulating and virulent vaccine derived polio viruses, will be stopped. From this moment onwards, inactivated polio vaccines (IPV) will be used for worldwide vaccination against polio. An increased demand for IPV is thus anticipated. As a result, process development studies regarding the IPV production process, developed in the 1960s, have intensified. Studies on yield optimization aiming at costs reduction as well as the use of alternative polio viruses, which are more biosafe for manufacturing, are actual. Here our strategy to setup a new IPV production process using attenuated Sabin polio virus strains is presented. Moreover, aspects on reduction of the costs of goods and the impact of process optimization on sIPV costs are reviewed. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


PubMed | National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, University Utrecht and Institute for Translational Vaccinology
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of proteome research | Year: 2016

Alterations in protein post-translational modification (PTM) are recognized hallmarks of diseases. These modifications potentially provide a unique source of disease-related human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I-presented peptides that can elicit specific immune responses. While phosphorylated HLA peptides have already received attention, arginine methylated HLA class I peptide presentation has not been characterized in detail. In a human B-cell line we detected 149 HLA class I peptides harboring mono- and/or dimethylated arginine residues by mass spectrometry. A striking preference was observed in the presentation of arginine (di)methylated peptides for HLA-B*07 molecules, likely because the binding motifs of this allele resemble consensus sequences recognized by arginine methyl-transferases. Moreover, HLA-B*07-bound peptides preferentially harbored dimethylated groups at the P3 position, thus consecutively to the proline anchor residue. Such a proline-arginine sequence has been associated with the arginine methyl-transferases CARM1 and PRMT5. Making use of the specific neutral losses in fragmentation spectra, we found most of the peptides to be asymmetrically dimethylated, most likely by CARM1. These data expand our knowledge of the processing and presentation of arginine (di)methylated HLA class I peptides and demonstrate that these types of modified peptides can be presented for recognition by T-cells. HLA class I peptides with mono- and dimethylated arginine residues may therefore offer a novel target for immunotherapy.


PubMed | Institute for Translational Vaccinology
Type: | Journal: Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) | Year: 2016

The D-antigen ELISA is the commonly accepted test for release of inactivated poliovirus containing vaccines. However, this test has a few drawbacks regarding the many variations in the method to quantify the D-unit. The result may depend on method and reagents used which makes standardization of inactivated polio vaccines, based on D-units, to a real challenge. This chapter describes a surface plasmon resonance based method to quantify D-units. The advantage of the calibrated D-antigen assay is the decrease in test variations because no labels, [no incubation times] and no washing steps are necessary. For standardization of both IPV and Sabin IPV, the calibration free concentration analysis could be an improvement as compared to ELISA or other SPR methods because this method combines quantity (particle concentration) and quality (antigenicity) in one assay.

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