Navigation Links
Universal flu vaccine study yields success in mice
Date:2/18/2011

Adelaide researchers have taken a step closer to the development of a universal flu vaccine, with results of a recent study showing that a vaccine delivered by a simple nasal spray could provide protection against influenza.

University of Adelaide researcher Dr Darren Miller and colleagues have successfully trialled a synthetic universal flu vaccine in mice. The results have appeared this month in a paper in the Journal of General Virology.

"Current flu vaccines rely on health authorities being able to predict what the forthcoming viral strain is going to be, and reformulating the vaccines each year accordingly. This is extremely time consuming, labor intensive and expensive, and it's something that a universal vaccine could overcome," Dr Miller says.

"A simple and totally synthetic universal vaccine one that is not derived from an influenza virus and does not require annual reformulation would have clear advantages in health clinics to control and prevent the spread of flu."

Dr Miller and colleagues used specific peptides delivered to the noses of mice. The peptides trigger an immune response to a tiny region of the flu virus that is present in all influenza A and B viruses, which effectively neutralizes the virus.

The test vaccine provided mice with 100% protection against a laboratory strain of virus (H3N2) and 20% protection against a highly pathogenic virus (H5N1, known as "bird flu"), which is consistent with the protection levels achieved with commercially available anti-influenza drugs.

"This is a positive response and one that shows promise for further testing both in laboratory and clinical settings," Dr Miller says.

He says that while the universal vaccine could be given as an injection, using a nasal spray has a number of advantages: "It is non-invasive and would be a preferred option for people afraid of needles. Importantly, a nasal spray stimulates local immune responses at the natural site of virus entry.

"This vaccine would also reduce the allergy risk for many patients because current flu vaccines are grown in eggs, those who are hypersensitive to eggs can't be vaccinated. Such a universal vaccine may also, of course, do away with the need for annual re-vaccinations, which is the situation many patients face today."


'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Darren Miller
darren.miller@adelaide.edu.au
61-883-131-013
University of Adelaide
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Universal Health Realty Income Trust Reports 2009 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results
2. Families Fighting Flu Commends the CDCs Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommendation for Universal Influenza Vaccination
3. New York State Adopts Universal Provider Datasource to Reduce Administrative Costs for Medicaid
4. Universal Health Care Debate Coincides with Release of My eMHR, the Nation's First Free Electronic Personal Health Records System
5. Mount Sinai researchers move closer to a universal influenza vaccine
6. Mount Sinai researchers approaching universal treatment for all strains of influenza
7. Universal HIV testing and immediate treatment could reduce but not eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemic
8. Study shows universal surveillance for MRSA significantly decreased HAIs at PCMH
9. AIDS 2010 delegates and speakers unite in support of full funding for the Global Fund, the next milestone in drive for universal access
10. Government urges universal flu vaccinations
11. Experts recommend universal screening of newborns for congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently ... of Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada ... become a way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever Recovery, ... Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation facility ... home to some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast foods. ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws ... a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula ... , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Birmingham, Lake Orion, Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... their direction with respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. ... for tolerable intercourse but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... HILL, N.C. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... healthcare decisions and regulators/payers have placed more emphasis ... new environment, patient support programs in the pharmaceutical ... for patients, medications. Consequently, pharmaceutical companies are focusing ... ensure they are providing products and services that ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 ... the addition of the " Global Markets for ... This report focuses on ... updated review, including its applications in various applications. The ... which includes three main industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016  American Respiratory Labs ... company, is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments in patients, ... Technologies , Inc. Patients are no longer limited ... ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne R. of ... done in the comfort of her own home. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: