French Make Progress with Preventive Hep C Vaccine
New Approach a Step Forward for Hepatitis C Vaccine
From U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 5, 2011
French researchers on Wednesday reported early results on an experimental vaccine against hepatitis C virus. Several companies are developing therapeutic vaccines for those already infected, focused on T-cells, but there is no preventive vaccine to date. In the new study, the preventive HCV vaccine was successful in mice and monkeys, inducing immune system proteins known as neutralizing antibodies (NAbs).
“For a preventive vaccine, neutralizing antibodies are absolutely essential, and for a therapeutic product they would also be a big advantage,” said David Klatzmann, a member of the research team.
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