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CEL-SCI Presents Data at Prestigious Medical Conference Demonstrating That Its L.E.A.P.S. Technology Stimulates Maturation of Human Blood Cells Into Dendritic Cells Suggesting Potential for Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Disease
Date:4/27/2009

Technology also has potential to fight cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as enhance the effectiveness of vaccines

VIENNA, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE Amex: CVM) announced today the presentation of data at the 11th annual National Foundation of Infectious Diseases Conference in Baltimore which demonstrates how vaccines utilizing its L.E.A.P.S.(TM) (Ligand Epitope Antigen Presentation System) vaccine technology can induce protection against infectious disease, induce immunity against HIV, and promote immunotherapy for rheumatoid arthritis. The L.E.A.P.S. technology combines a small peptide that activates the immune system with a small peptide from a disease-related protein, such as a herpes simplex virus (HSV) glycoprotein to make a vaccine that induces a defined immune response. Dr. Kenneth S. Rosenthal, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy and colleagues showed that CEL-SCI's L.E.A.P.S. vaccines can activate and cause human blood monocyte cells to become dendritic cells that secrete the IL-12 cytokine. The dendritic cells that result initiate a protective cell mediated and antibody immune response. These results were obtained for L.E.A.P.S. vaccines against HSV and HIV. The use of the L.E.A.P.S. vaccine technology may thus open a whole new way of maturing dendritic cell vaccines for infectious diseases such as pandemic flu and cancer.

Dr. Rosenthal reported that within three days of treatment with either the anti-HSV or the anti-HIV L.E.A.P.S. vaccine, human blood cell monocytes purified from several different donors became mature dendritic cells. The transition was indicated by the expression of cell surface proteins, cell appearance and production of IL-12. Unlike monocytes treated with other matur
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