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EpiVax Receives NIH Grant for $390,000 to Optimize HIV Vaccine Delivery
Date:11/26/2008

cause antigen-specific expansion of regulatory T cells and suppress inflammatory immune responses.

The NIH award will enable EpiVax to develop a modified pro-inflammatory and non-tolerogenic anti-DEC-205 antibody. Modification of regulatory T-cell epitopes is expected to significantly diminish tolerogenicity, enabling use of anti-DEC-205 as a stand-alone HIV antigen delivery system that obviates the dangers associated with non-specific activation of the immune system.

Epitope modification is an immunomodulatory approach EpiVax previously developed to reduce immunogenicity of protein therapeutics. Here, EpiVax will substitute key amino acids in the regulatory T-cell epitopes with those that are experimentally shown to interfere with MHC binding to reduce tolerogenicity.

About HIV

Vaccines According to the World Health Organization, "The development of a safe and effective vaccine is hampered by the high genetic variability of HIV, the lack of knowledge of immune correlates of protection, the absence of relevant and predictive animal models, and the complexity of the implementation of efficacy trials, especially in developing countries."

About EpiVax

This grant award is the 5th consecutive NIH or foundation award granted to EpiVax in the last year, for a total of more than $ 2.5M. EpiVax, Inc. is dedicated to merging in vitro immunology research with bioinformatics to generate new therapeutics for cancer and autoimmune diseases as well as new vaccines for infectious diseases such as HIV, TB, and hepatitis. T cell epitope mapping, the selection of target peptides from any protein sequence, is a powerful resource for the development of novel protein therapeutics. EpiVax research shows that peptides chosen by EpiMatrix(TM) software are highly likely to provoke an immune response when presented to T cells. EpiVax tools can also accurately deimmunize proteins. For mo
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