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Successful DNA immunization against measles: neutralizing antibody against either the hemagglutinin or fusion glycoprotein protects rhesus macaques without evidence of atypical measles

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology; Department of Pathology



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Animals; Antibodies, Viral; Drug Administration Routes; Exanthema; Hemagglutinins, Viral; Immunization, Secondary; Macaca mulatta; Measles; Measles Vaccine; Neutralization Tests; Pneumonia; Skin; *Vaccination; Vaccines, Attenuated; Vaccines, DNA; Viral Fusion Proteins


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Measles remains a principal cause of worldwide mortality, in part because young infants cannot be immunized effectively. Development of new vaccines has been hindered by previous experience with a formalin-inactivated vaccine that predisposed to a severe form of disease (atypical measles). Here we have developed and tested potential DNA vaccines for immunogenicity, efficacy and safety in a rhesus macaque model of measles. DNA protected from challenge with wild-type measles virus. Protection correlated with levels of neutralizing antibody and not with cytotoxic T lymphocyte activity. There was no evidence in any group, including those receiving hemagglutinin-encoding DNA alone, of 'priming' for atypical measles.

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Citation: Nat Med. 2000 Jul;6(7):776-81. Link to article on publisher's site

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Nature medicine

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