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Li J.-X.,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Hou L.-H.,Beijing Institute of Biotechnology | Meng F.-Y.,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Wu S.-P.,Beijing Institute of Biotechnology | And 13 more authors.
The Lancet Global Health | Year: 2016

Background: The 2013-15 Ebola virus disease epidemic in west Africa greatly accelerated the development of Ebola vaccine. We aimed to analyse the immune persistence induced by one shot of an adenovirus type-5 vector-based Ebola virus vaccine up to 6 months and the effect of boosting with a homologous vector in healthy adults in China. Methods: In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 1 clinical trial in one site in Jiangsu Province, China, 120 healthy adults aged 18-60 years received an initial dose of intramuscular adenovirus type-5 Ebola virus vaccine of 4·0 × 1010 viral particles, 1·6 × 1011 viral particles, or placebo, and were followed up to day 168. Participants were subsequently re-recruited to receive a booster dose of the same vaccine or placebo, in the same dose, at month 6. Women who were pregnant, breastfeeding, or planned to become pregnant during the next month were excluded. Randomisation was conducted by computer-generated block randomisation. Randomisation data were unmasked for interim analysis of the data obtained between days 0-28 but not disclosed to participants or site staff. Safety and immunogenicity analysis were done on the intention-to-treat population. We aimed to assess the safety profile of the experimental vaccine and the immunity responses to a single-dose immunisation or a homologous prime-boost regimen. Primary outcomes were Ebola glycoprotein-specific ELISA antibody responses 28 days post-boost and the occurrences of adverse reactions post-boost. The original trial and the extended booster study were registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, numbers NCT02326194 and NCT02533791, respectively. Findings: Between Dec 28, 2014, and Jan 9, 2015, we enrolled 210 volunteers. 90 participants were not randomised due to not meeting inclusion criteria (61), meeting exclusion criteria (4), or withdrawal of consent (25). 120 people were randomly assigned to receive intramuscular Ebola vaccine at 4·0 × 1010 viral particles (low dose, n=40), Ebola vaccine at 1·6 × 1011 viral particles (high dose, n=40), or placebo (n=40, in two groups of 20). After prime vaccination, the geometric mean titer (GMT) of ELISA EC90 peaked at 682·7 (95% CI 424·3-1098·5) in the low-dose vaccine group and 1305·7 (970·1-1757·2) in the high-dose vaccine group at day 28, and then fell gradually through the next a few months to 575·5 (394·8-838·8) in the high-dose vaccine group and 197·9 (107·9-362·7) in the low-dose vaccine group at day 168. No specific response was recorded in the placebo group with a GMT of 5·0. Of the 120 participants involved in the initial trial, ten participants declined to participate, and 110 were included in the boost immunisation: 38 received the low dose, 35 received the high dose, and 37 received the placebo. At day 28 after boost vaccination, the ELISA EC90 titres rapidly rose to 6110 (95% CI 4705-7935) in the low-dose group and to 11825 (8904-15705) in the high dose group. 78 of 110 participants reported at least one solicited adverse reaction within the first 7 days after booster administration. Both of the groups who received vaccine showed significantly higher incidence of mild or moderate solicited adverse reactions than did the placebo group. Interpretation: The adenovirus 5-vectored Ebola vaccine of 1·6 × 1011 viral particles was highly immunogenic and safe. The lower dose of 4·0 × 1010 viral particles was also safe, but immunogenicity seemed to be more vulnerable to the pre-existing immunity of adenovirus 5. A homologous priming-boosting regimen with adenovirus type-5 Ebola vaccine at 6 months interval was able to elicit greater antibody responses with longer duration. These results support an immunisation strategy to implement a booster injection for a more durable protection against Ebola virus disease. Funding: Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and The National Health and Family Planning Commission, Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, and Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology. © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an Open Access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.


A method for enhancing immunogenicity of an epitope peptide of an HPV antigen, the method including: assembling a gene of an HPV antigen into a gene of HBc, exogenously expressing a resulting assembled gene to acquire a fusion protein, allowing the fusion protein to automatically assemble to form a virus-like particle including the HPV antigen on a surface of the virus-like particle, to obtain HBc-HPV virus-like particle. A virus-like particle capable of expressing the antigen peptide of HPV acquired by the method. The virus-like particle includes a HBc-L2 fusion protein. A genome for encoding the HBc-L2 fusion protein is represented by SEQ ID NO. 3. A method for preparing an HPV vaccine includes using the virus-like particle.


Huang H.,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Zhu T.,Tianjin University of Science and Technology | Gao C.,Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology Inc. | Gao Z.,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | And 9 more authors.
Epidemiology and Infection | Year: 2015

Active symptom surveillance was applied to three selected communities ( 160 147 persons) in Tianjin from 2010 to 2012. We examined 1089 individuals showing pertussis-like symptoms, of which 1022 nasopharyngeal specimens were tested for pertussis by polymerase chain reaction and 802 sera for anti-pertussis toxin antibodies. Of the total cases tested, 113 were confirmed, and their demographic, clinical, and vaccination-related data were collected. The annual incidence was 23·52 cases/100 000 persons among communities, which was 16·22 times that obtained via hospital reports for the same period (P < 0·001). The actual incidence in the 15-69 years age group was most significantly underestimated by hospitals, given that it was 43·08 times that of the reported hospital rate. Among the cases aged <15 years, 84·5% were individuals who had been fully vaccinated. The misdiagnosis rate was as high as 94·69%, and only 5·31% of the confirmed pertussis cases were properly diagnosed as pertussis at their first medical visit. Pertussis incidence in China has been severely underestimated and this was in part due to a high misdiagnosis rate. Adolescents and adults have become new high-risk populations. Future work should focus on reinforcing immunization programmes, especially among adolescents and adults. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2014.


PubMed | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology Inc. and Tianjin University of Science and Technology
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Epidemiology and infection | Year: 2015

Active symptom surveillance was applied to three selected communities ( 160,147 persons) in Tianjin from 2010 to 2012. We examined 1089 individuals showing pertussis-like symptoms, of which 1022 nasopharyngeal specimens were tested for pertussis by polymerase chain reaction and 802 sera for anti-pertussis toxin antibodies. Of the total cases tested, 113 were confirmed, and their demographic, clinical, and vaccination-related data were collected. The annual incidence was 23.52 cases/100,000 persons among communities, which was 16.22 times that obtained via hospital reports for the same period (P < 0.001). The actual incidence in the 15-69 years age group was most significantly underestimated by hospitals, given that it was 43.08 times that of the reported hospital rate. Among the cases aged <15 years, 84.5% were individuals who had been fully vaccinated. The misdiagnosis rate was as high as 94.69%, and only 5.31% of the confirmed pertussis cases were properly diagnosed as pertussis at their first medical visit. Pertussis incidence in China has been severely underestimated and this was in part due to a high misdiagnosis rate. Adolescents and adults have become new high-risk populations. Future work should focus on reinforcing immunization programmes, especially among adolescents and adults.


PubMed | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology Inc, Nanjing Southeast University and 2 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Lancet (London, England) | Year: 2015

Up to now, all tested Ebola virus vaccines have been based on the virus strain from the Zaire outbreak in 1976. We aimed to assess the safety and immunogenicity of a novel recombinant adenovirus type-5 vector-based Ebola vaccine expressing the glycoprotein of the 2014 epidemic strain.We did this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 1 clinical trial at one site in Taizhou County, Jiangsu Province, China. Healthy adults (aged 18-60 years) were sequentially enrolled and randomly assigned (2:1), by computer-generated block randomisation (block size of six), to receive placebo, low-dose adenovirus type-5 vector-based Ebola vaccine, or high-dose vaccine. Randomisation was pre-stratified by dose group. All participants, investigators, and laboratory staff were masked to treatment allocation. The primary safety endpoint was occurrence of solicited adverse reactions within 7 days of vaccination. The primary immunogenicity endpoints were glycoprotein-specific antibody titres and T-cell responses at day 28 after the vaccination. Analysis was by intention to treat. The study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT02326194.Between Dec 28, 2014, and Jan 9, 2015, 120 participants were enrolled and randomly assigned to receive placebo (n=40), low-dose vaccine (n=40), or high-dose vaccine. Participants were followed up for 28 days. Overall, 82 (68%) participants reported at least one solicited adverse reaction within 7 days of vaccination (n=19 in the placebo group vs n=27 in the low-dose group vs n=36 in the high-dose group; p=00002). The most common reaction was mild pain at the injection site, which was reported in eight (20%) participants in the placebo group, 14 (35%) participants in the low-dose group, and 29 (73%) participants in the high-dose vaccine group (p<00001). We recorded no statistical differences in other adverse reactions and laboratory tests across groups. Glycoprotein-specific antibody titres were significantly increased in participants in the low-dose and high-dose vaccine groups at both day 14 (geometric mean titre 4214 [95% CI 2497-7113] and 8205 [5989-11240], respectively; p<00001) and day 28 (6827 [4243-10985] and 13057 [9701-17572], respectively; p<00001). T-cell responses peaked at day 14 at a median of 4650 spot-forming cells (IQR 1800-12025) in participants in the low-dose group and 7650 cells (4000-14600) in those in the high-dose group. 21 (18%) participants had mild fever (n=9 in the placebo group, n=6 in the low-dose group, and n=6 in the high-dose group). No serious adverse events were recorded.Our findings show that the high-dose vaccine is safe and robustly immunogenic. One shot of the high-dose vaccine could mount glycoprotein-specific humoral and T-cell response against Ebola virus in 14 days.China National Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, and Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology.


PubMed | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology Inc, Beijing Institute of Biotechnology and Nanjing Southeast University
Type: | Journal: The Lancet. Global health | Year: 2016

The 2013-15 Ebola virus disease epidemic in west Africa greatly accelerated the development of Ebola vaccine. We aimed to analyse the immune persistence induced by one shot of an adenovirus type-5 vector-based Ebola virus vaccine up to 6 months and the effect of boosting with a homologous vector in healthy adults in China.In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 1 clinical trial in one site in Jiangsu Province, China, 120 healthy adults aged 18-60 years received an initial dose of intramuscular adenovirus type-5 Ebola virus vaccine of 4010Between Dec 28, 2014, and Jan 9, 2015, we enrolled 210 volunteers. 90 participants were not randomised due to not meeting inclusion criteria (61), meeting exclusion criteria (4), or withdrawal of consent (25). 120 people were randomly assigned to receive intramuscular Ebola vaccine at 4010The adenovirus 5-vectored Ebola vaccine of 1610Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and The National Health and Family Planning Commission, Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, and Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology.


Zhu F.-C.,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Hou L.-H.,Beijing Institute of Biotechnology | Li J.-X.,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Wu S.-P.,Beijing Institute of Biotechnology | And 16 more authors.
The Lancet | Year: 2015

Background Up to now, all tested Ebola virus vaccines have been based on the virus strain from the Zaire outbreak in 1976. We aimed to assess the safety and immunogenicity of a novel recombinant adenovirus type-5 vector-based Ebola vaccine expressing the glycoprotein of the 2014 epidemic strain. Methods We did this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 1 clinical trial at one site in Taizhou County, Jiangsu Province, China. Healthy adults (aged 18-60 years) were sequentially enrolled and randomly assigned (2:1), by computer-generated block randomisation (block size of six), to receive placebo, low-dose adenovirus type-5 vector-based Ebola vaccine, or high-dose vaccine. Randomisation was pre-stratified by dose group. All participants, investigators, and laboratory staff were masked to treatment allocation. The primary safety endpoint was occurrence of solicited adverse reactions within 7 days of vaccination. The primary immunogenicity endpoints were glycoprotein-specific antibody titres and T-cell responses at day 28 after the vaccination. Analysis was by intention to treat. The study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT02326194. Findings Between Dec 28, 2014, and Jan 9, 2015, 120 participants were enrolled and randomly assigned to receive placebo (n=40), low-dose vaccine (n=40), or high-dose vaccine. Participants were followed up for 28 days. Overall, 82 (68%) participants reported at least one solicited adverse reaction within 7 days of vaccination (n=19 in the placebo group vs n=27 in the low-dose group vs n=36 in the high-dose group; p=0·0002). The most common reaction was mild pain at the injection site, which was reported in eight (20%) participants in the placebo group, 14 (35%) participants in the low-dose group, and 29 (73%) participants in the high-dose vaccine group (p<0·0001). We recorded no statistical differences in other adverse reactions and laboratory tests across groups. Glycoprotein-specific antibody titres were significantly increased in participants in the low-dose and high-dose vaccine groups at both day 14 (geometric mean titre 421·4 [95% CI 249·7-711·3] and 820·5 [598·9-1124·0], respectively; p<0·0001) and day 28 (682·7 [424·3-1098·5] and 1305·7 [970·1-1757·2], respectively; p<0·0001). T-cell responses peaked at day 14 at a median of 465·0 spot-forming cells (IQR 180·0-1202·5) in participants in the low-dose group and 765·0 cells (400·0-1460·0) in those in the high-dose group. 21 (18%) participants had mild fever (n=9 in the placebo group, n=6 in the low-dose group, and n=6 in the high-dose group). No serious adverse events were recorded. Interpretation Our findings show that the high-dose vaccine is safe and robustly immunogenic. One shot of the high-dose vaccine could mount glycoprotein-specific humoral and T-cell response against Ebola virus in 14 days. Funding China National Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, and Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


Dai F.,Tianjin University of Science and Technology | Shi J.-M.,Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology Inc. | Zhu T.,Tianjin University of Science and Technology | Zhu T.,Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology Inc.
Chinese Journal of New Drugs | Year: 2016

Objective: To develop and optimize animal-component-free medium for culturing Clostridium tetani and explore a tetanus toxin purification process. Methods: Animal component materials in the culuture medium was replaced by soytone or yeast extract as nitrogen source. Cell density and the production of toxin meseaured in Lf·mL-1 were compared in a 2L fermenter. Toxin was recovered by centrifugation and TFF operation, and was purified by column chromatography. Yields of toxin at different elution conditions were compared. Results: Soytone as nitrogen source supported good growth of tetanus but toxin formation was low; yeast extract as nitrogen source supported less tetanus growth but had higher toxin yield. The maximum concentration of toxin in the fermenter was 52 Lf·mL-1. Purification of tetanus toxin by DEAE chromatography resulted in a toxin yield of 80% with higher purity. Conclusion: Animal-component-free medium produces a larger amount of toxin; DEAE can be adopted as a method for tetanus toxin purification. © 2016, Chinese Journal of New Drugs Co. Ltd. All right reserved.


PubMed | McMaster University and Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology Inc.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: PloS one | Year: 2015

Persisting high global tuberculosis (TB) morbidity and mortality and poor efficacy of BCG vaccine emphasizes an urgent need for developing effective novel boost vaccination strategies following parenteral BCG priming in humans. Most of the current lead TB vaccine candidates in the global pipeline were developed for parenteral route of immunization. Compelling evidence indicates respiratory mucosal delivery of vaccine to be the most effective way to induce robust local mucosal protective immunity against pulmonary TB. However, despite ample supporting evidence from various animal models, there has been a lack of evidence supporting the safety and protective efficacy of respiratory mucosal TB vaccination in non-human primates (NHP) and humans. By using a rhesus macaque TB model we have evaluated the safety and protective efficacy of a recombinant human serotype 5 adenovirus-based TB vaccine (AdHu5Ag85A) delivered via the respiratory mucosal route. We show that mucosal AdHu5Ag85A boost immunization was safe and well tolerated in parenteral BCG-primed rhesus macaques. A single AdHu5Ag85A mucosal boost immunization in BCG-primed rhesus macaques enhanced the antigen-specific T cell responses. Boost immunization significantly improved the survival and bacterial control following M.tb challenge. Furthermore, TB-related lung pathology and clinical outcomes were lessened in BCG-primed, mucosally boosted animals compared to control animals. Thus, for the first time we show that a single respiratory mucosal boost immunization with a novel TB vaccine enhances protection against pulmonary TB in parenteral BCG-primed NHP. Our study provides the evidence for the protective potential of AdHu5Ag85A as a respiratory mucosal boost TB vaccine for human application.

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