|Title of Invention||
A VACCINE COMPOSITION
|Abstract||The present invention relates to a novel combined vaccine compositions, comprising a herpes simplex virus (HSV) antigen and a HPV antigen and optionally in addition one or more of the following: an EBV antigen, a hepatitis A antigen or inactivated attenuated virus, a hepatitis B viral antigen, a VZV antigen, a HCMV antigen, a Toxoplasma gondii antigen. The vaccine compositions are formulated with an aajuvant which is a preferential stimulator of THI cell response such as 3D-MPL and QS21.|
This invention relates to novel vaccine formulations, methods for preparing thern nd their use in therapy. In particular the present invention relates to combination accines for administration to adolescents.
Papillomaviruses are small DNA tumour viruses, which are highly species specific. So far, over 70 individual human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypes have been iescribed. HPVs are generally specific either for the skin (e.g. HPV-1 and -2) or mucosal surfaces (e.g. HPV-6 and -11) and usually cause benign tumours (warts) that persist for several months or years. Such benign tumours may be distressing for the individuals concerned but tend not to be life threatening, with a few exceptions.
Some HPVs are also associated with cancers. The strongest positive association between an HPV and human cancer is that which exists between HPV-16 and HPV-18 and cervical carcinoma. Cervical cancer is the most common malignancy in developing countries, with about 500,000 new cases occurring in the world each year. It is now technically feasible to actively combat primary HPV-16 infections, and even established HPV-16-containing cancers, using vaccines. For a review on the prospects for prophylactic and therapeutic vaccination against HPV-16 see Cason J., Clin. Immunother. 1994; 1(4) 293-306 and Hagenesee M.E., Infections in Medicine 1997 14(7) 555-556,559-564.
Other HPVs of particular interest are serotypes 31,33 and 45.
Today, the different types of HPVs have been isolated and characterised with the help of cloning systems in bacteria and more recently by PCR amplification. The molecular organisation of the HPV genomes has been defined on a comparative basis with that of the well-characterised bovine papillomavirus type 1 (BPV1).
Although minor variations do occur, all HPVs genomes described have at least seven early genes, El to E7 and two late genes LI and L2. In addition, an upstream regulatory region harbors the regulatory sequences which appear to control most transcriptional events of the HPV genome.
El and E2 genes are involved in viral replication and transcriptional control, respectively and tend to be disrupted by viral integration. E6 and E7, and recent evidence implicate also E5 are involved in viral transformation.
In the HPVs involved in cervical carcinoma such as HPV 16 and 18, the oncogenic process starts after integration of viral DNA. The integration results in the inactivation of genes coding for the capsid proteins LI and L2 and in installing continuous over expression of the two early proteins E6 and E7 that will lead to gradual loss of the normal cellular differentiation and the development of the carcinoma.
Carcinoma of the cervix is common in women and develops through a precancerous intermediate stage to the invasive carcinoma which frequently leads to death. The intermediate stages of the disease is known as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia and is graded I to III in terms of increasing severity.
Clinically, HPV infection of the female anogenital tract manifests as cervical flat condylomas, the hallmark of which is the koilocytosis affecting predominantly the superficial and intermediate cells of the cervical squamous epithelium.
Koilocytes which are the consequence of a cytopathic effect of the virus, appear as multinucleated cells with a perinuclear clear halo. The epithelium is thickened with abnormal keratinisation responsible for the warty appearance of the lesion.
Such flat condylomas when positive for the HPV 16 or 18 serotypes, are high-risk factors for the evolution toward cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and
:arcinoma in situ (CIS) which are tnemseives regaraea as precursor lesions or invasive cervix carcinoma.
WO 96/19496 discloses variants of human papilloma virus E6 and E7 proteins, particularly fusion proteins of E6/E7 with a deletion in both the E6 and E7 proteins. These deletion fusion proteins are said to be immunogenic.
HPV LI based vaccines are disclosed in WO94/00152, WO94/20137, WO93/02184 and WO94/05792. Such a vaccine can comprise the LI antigen as a monomer, a capsomer or a virus like particle. Such particles may additionally comprise L2 proteins. L2 based vaccines are described for example in WO93/00436. Other HPV vaccines are based on the Early proteins, such as E7 or fusion proteins such as L2-E7.
HSV-2 is the primary etiological agent of herpes genitalis. HSV-2 and HSV-1 (the causative agent of herpes labialis) are characterised by their ability to induce both acute diseases and to establish a latent infection, primarily in neuronal ganglia cells.
Genital herpes is estimated to occur in about 5 million people in the U.S.A. alone with 500,000 clinical cases recorded every year (primary and recurrent infection). Primary infection typically occurs after puberty and is characterised by the localised appearance of painful skin lesions, which persist for a period of between 2 to 3 weeks. Within the following six months after primary infection 50% of patients will experience a recurrence of the disease. About 25% of patients may experience between 10-15 recurrent episodes of the disease each year. In immunocompromised patients the incidence of high frequency recurrence is statistically higher than in the normal patient population.
Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 virus have a number of glycoprotein components located on the surface of the virus. These are known as gB, gC, gD and gE etc.
"here is a need for effective combination vaccines to prevent diseases to wmcn dolescents are particularly prone.
The present invention provides a vaccine composition comprising:
a) a herpes simplex virus (HSV) antigen; and
b) a human papillomavirus (HPV) antigen
n combination with an adjuvant which is a preferential stimulator of TH1 cell 'espouse.
The vaccine composition of the invention is of great benefit for administration to adolescents who may be particularly at risk of HSV, and/or HPV infection.
Optionally the vaccine composition of the invention additionally comprises one or more of a number of other antigens as described below.
It has been found that the vaccine compositions according to the invention surprisingly show no interference, that is to say that the immune response to each antigen in the composition of the invention is essentially the same as that which is obtained by each antigen given individually in conjunction with an adjuvant which is a preferential stimulator of TH1 cell response.
Vaccines for the prophylaxis of hepatitis B infections, comprising one or more hepatitis B antigens, are well known. For example the vaccine Engerix-B (Trade Mark) from SmithKline Beecham Biologicals is used to prevent Hepatitis B. This vaccine comprises hepatitis B surface antigen (specifically the 226 amino acid S-antigen described in Harford et. al. in Postgraduate Medical Journal, 1987, 63 (Suppl. 2), p65-70) and is formulated using aluminium hydroxide as adjuvant.
The vaccine Havrix (Trade Mark), also from SmithKline Beecham Biologicals is an example of a vaccine that can be used to prevent hepatitis A infections. It is
formulated with aluminium hydroxide as adjuvant. This vaccine comprises an attenuated strain of the HM-175 Hepatitis A virus inactivated with formol (formaldehyde); see Andre et. al. (Prog. med. Virol., vol. 37, pl-24).
As used herein, the term hepatitis A viral (HAV) antigen is used to refer to either a protein derived from hepatitis A virus or an attenuated strain of HAV, optionally inactivated, e.g. with formaldehyde. If the HAV antigen is a protein derived from hepatitis A virus it may optionally be a recombinant protein.
The vaccine Twinrix (Trade Mark) is a combination of a recombinant hepatitis B anitgen with the aforementioned inactivated attenuated hepatitis A virus. The vaccine may be used to protect against hepatitis A and hepatitis B simultaneously.
European patent 0 339 667 (Chemo Sero) describes the general concept of combining a hepatitis A antigen and a hepatitis B antigen to make a combination vaccine. In that specification it is stated that the adjuvant which is used is not critical: it must only be capable of enhancing the immune activity to a desired extent and not cause any side-effects. It is stated that aluminium gel may be used, in particular aluminium hydroxide gel and aluminium phosphate gel.
The vaccine composition according to the invention may comprises, in addition the HPV and HSV antigens, an HAV antigen or a HBV antigen or more preferably a combination of both an HAV and an HBV antigen
Such a vaccine is of great benefit for administration to adolescents who may be particularly at risk of HSV, and/or HPV infection, and/or HAV infection, and/or HBV infection.
An immune response may be broadly divided into two extreme categories, being a humoral or cell mediated immune response (traditionally characterized by antibody and cellular effector mechanisms of protection respectively). These categories of
response have been termed THl-type responses (cell-mediated response), and TH2-cype immune responses (humoral response).
Extreme THl-type immune responses may be characterised by the generation of antigen specific, haplotype restricted cytotoxic T lymphocytes, and natural killer :ell responses. In mice THl-type responses are often characterised by the generation of antibodies of the IgG2a subtype, whilst in the human these correspond to IgGl type antibodies. TH2-type immune responses are characterized by the generation of a range of immunoglobulin isotypes including in mice IgGl.
It can be considered that the driving force behind the development of these two types of immune responses are cytokines. High levels of THl-type cytokines tend to favour the induction of cell mediated immune responses to the given antigen, whilst high levels of TH2-type cytokines tend to favour the induction of humoral immune responses to the antigen.
The distinction of TH1 and TH2-type immune responses is not absolute. In reality an individual will support an immune response which is described as being predominantly TH1 or predominantly TH2. However, it is often convenient to consider the families of cytokines in terms of that described in murine CD4 +ve T cell clones by Mosmann and Coffinan (Mosmann, T.R. and Coffman, R.L. (1989) TH1 and TH2 cells: different patterns of tymphokine secretion lead to different junctional properties. Annual Review of Immunology, 7, pi'45-173). Traditionally, THl-type responses are associated with the production of the INF-y cytokines by T-lymphocytes. Other cytokines often directly associated with the induction of THl-type immune responses are not produced by T-cells, such as IL-12, In contrast, TH2- type responses are associated with the secretion of IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-10 and tumour necrosis factor-p(TNF-p).
It is known that certain vaccine adjuvants are particularly suited to the stimulation of either THl or TH2 - type cytokine responses. Traditionally the best indicators of the TH1:TH2 balance of the immune response after a vaccination or infection includes direct measurement of the production of THl or TH2 cytokines by T lymphocytes in vitro after restimulation with antigen, and/or (at least in mice) the measurement of the IgGl:IgG2a ratio of antigen specific antibody responses.
Thus, a THl-type adjuvant is one which stimulates isolated T-cell populations to produce high levels of THl-type cytokines when re-stimulated with antigen in vitro, and induces antigen specific immunoglobulin responses associated with THl-type isotype.
Adjuvants which are capable of preferential stimulation of the THl cell response are described in International Patent Application No. WO 94/00153 and WO 95/17209.
3 De-O-acylated monophosphoryl lipid A (3D-MPL) is one such adjuvant. This is known from GB 2220211 (Ribi). Chemically it is a mixture of 3 De-O-acylated monophosphoryl lipid A with 4, 5 or 6 acylated chains and is manufactured by Ribi Immunochem, Montana. A preferred form of 3 De-O-acylated monophosphoryl lipid A is disclosed in European Patent 0 689 454 Bl (SmithKIine Beecham Biologicals SA).
Preferably, the particles of 3D-MPL are small enough to be sterile filtered through a 0.22micron membrane (as described in European Patent number 0 689 454). 3D-MPL will be present in the range of 10jj.g - 100|ig preferably 25-50p.g per dose wherein the antigen will typically be present in a range 2-50ug per dose.
Another preferred adjuvant comprises QS21, an Hplc purified non-toxic fraction derived from the bark of Quillaja Saponaria Molina. Optionally this may be admixed with 3 De-O-acylated monophosphoryl lipid A (3D-MPL), optionally together with an carrier.
The method of production of QS21 is disclosed in US patent No. 5,057,540.
Non-reactogenic adjuvant formulations containing QS21 have been described previously (WO 96/33739). Such formulations comprising QS21 and cholesterol have been shown to be successful TH1 stimulating adjuvants when formulated together with an antigen. Thus vaccine compositions which form part of the present invention may include a combination of QS21 and cholesterol.
Further adjuvants which are preferential stimulators of TH1 cell response include immunomodulatory oligonucleotides, for example unmethylated CpG sequences as disclosed in WO 96/02555.
Combinations of different TH1 stimulating adjuvants, such as those mentioned hereinabove, are also contemplated as providing an adjuvant which is a preferential stimulator of TH1 cell response. For example, QS21 can be formulated together with 3D-MPL. The ratio of QS21 : 3D-MPL will typically be in the order of 1 : 10 to 10 : 1; preferably 1:5 to 5 : 1 and often substantially 1:1. The preferred range for optimal synergy is 2.5 : 1 to 1 : 1 3D-MPL: QS21.
Preferably a carrier is also present in the vaccine composition according to the invention. The carrier may be an oil in water emulsion, or an aluminium salt, such as aluminium phosphate or aluminium hydroxide.
A preferred oil-in-water emulsion comprises a metabolisible oil, such as squalene, alpha tocopherol and Tween 80. Additionally the oil in water emulsion may contain span 85 and/or lecithin and/or tricaprylin.
In a particularly preferred aspect the antigens in the vaccine composition according to the invention are combined with 3D-MPL and alum.
Typically for human administration QS21 and 3D-MPLVill be present in a vaccine in the range of lμg - 200μg, such as 10-100jig, preferably lOμg - 50μg per dose. Typically the oil in water will comprise from 2 to 10% squalene, from 2 to 10% alpha tocopherol and from 0.3 to 3% tween 80. Preferably the ratio of squalene: alpha tocopherol is equal to or less than 1 as this provides a more stable emulsion. Span 85 may also be present at a level of 1 %. In some cases it may be advantageous that the vaccines of the present invention will further contain a stabiliser.
Non-toxic oil in water emulsions preferably contain a non-toxic oil, e.g. squalane or squalene, an emulsifier, e.g. Tween 80, in an aqueous carrier. The aqueous carrier may be, for example, phosphate buffered saline.
A particularly potent adjuvant formulation involving QS21, 3D-MPL and tocopherol in an oil in water emulsion is described in WO 95/17210.
The HPV antigen in the composition of the invention is preferably derived from HPV 16 and/or 18, or from HPV 6 and/or 11, or HPV 31, 33 or 45.
In one preferred embodiment the HPV antigen in the vaccine composition according to the invention comprises the major capsid protein LI of HPV and optionally the L2 protein, particularly from HPV 16 and/or HPV 18. In this embodiment, the preferred form of the LI protein is a truncated LI protein. Preferably the LI, optionally in a L1-L2 fusion, is in the form of a virus-like particle (VLP). The LI protein may be fused to another HPV protein, in particular E7 to form an L1-E7 fusion. Chimeric VLPs comprising Ll-E or L1-L2-E are particularly preferred.
In another preferred embodiment, the HPV antigen in the composition of the invention is derived from an E6 or E7 protein, in particular E6 or E7 linked to an immunological fusion partner having T cell epitopes.
In a preferred form of this embodiment of the invention, the immunological fusion partner is derived from protein D of Heamophilus influenza B. Preferably the protein D derivative comprises approximately the first 1/3 of the protein, in particular approximately the first N-tenninal 100-110 amino acids.
Preferred fusion proteins in this embodiment of the invention comprise Protein D -E6 from HPV 16, Protein D - E7 from HPV 16 Protein D - E7 from HPV 18 and Protein D - E6 from HPV 18. The protein D part preferably comprises the first 1/3 of protein D.
In still another embodiment of the invention, the HPV antigen is in the form of an L2-E7 fusion, particularly from HPV 6 and/or HPV 11.
The proteins of the present invention preferably are expressed in E. coli. In a preferred embodiment the proteins are expressed with a Histidine tail comprising between 5 to 9 and preferably six Histidine residues. These are advantageous in aiding purification. The description of the manufacture of such proteins is fully described in co-pending UK patent application number GB 9717953.5.
The HPV antigen in the vaccine composition may be adsorbed onto Al(OH)3.
The HSV antigen in the composition of the invention is preferably derived from HSV-2, typically glycoprotein D. Glycoprotein D is located on the viral membrane, and is also found in the cytoplasm of infected cells (Eisenberg R.J. et al; J of Virol 1980, 35, 428-435). It comprises 393 amino acids including a signal peptide and has a molecular weight of approximately 60 kD. Of all the HSV envelope glycoproteins this is probably the best characterised (Cohen et al; J, of Virology, 60, 157-166). In vivo it is known to play a central role in viral attachment to cell membranes. Moreover, glycoprotein D has been shown to be able to elicit neutralising antibodies in vivo (Eing et al J. Med. Virology 127: 59-65). However,
latent HSV-2 virus can still be reactivated and induce recurrence of the disease despite the presence of high neutralising antibodies titre in the patients sera.
In a preferred embodiment of the invention the HSV antigen is a truncated HSV-2 glycoprotein D of 308 amino acids which comprises amino acids 1 through 306 naturally occurring glycoprotein with the addition Asparagine and Glutamine at the C terminal end of the truncated protein devoid of its membrane anchor region. This form of the protein includes the signal peptide which is cleaved to yield a mature 283 amino acid protein. The production of such a protein in Chinese Hamster ovary cells has been described in Genentech's European patent EP-B-139 417.
The recombinant mature HSV-2 glycoprotein D truncate is preferably used in the vaccine formulations of the present invention and is designated rgD2t.
A combination of this HSV-2 antigen in combination with the adjuvant 3D-MPL has been described in WO 92/16231
When a hepatitis B viral (HBV) antigen is included in the composition of the invention this is typically hepatitis B surface antigen.
The preparation of Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is well documented. See for example, Harford et.al. in Develop. Biol. Standard 54, page 125 (1983), Gregg et.al. in Biotechnology, 5, page 479 (1987), EP-A- 0 226 846, EP-A-0 299 108 and references therein.
As used herein the expression 'Hepatitis B surface antigen', abbreviated herein to 'HBsAg' or 'HBS' includes any HBsAg antigen or fragment thereof displaying the antigenicity of HBV surface antigen. It will be'understood that in addition to the 226 amino acid sequence of the HBsAg S antigen (see Tiollais et. al. Nature, 317, 489 (1985) and references therein) HBsAg as herein described may, if desired, contain all or part of a pre-S sequence as described in the above references and in
EP-A- 0 278 940. HBsAg as herein described cah also refer to variants, tor example the 'escape mutant' described in WO 91/14703. In a further aspect the HBsAg may comprise a protein described as L* in European Patent Application Number 0 414 374, that is to say a protein, the amino acid sequence of which consists of parts of the amino acid sequence of the hepatitis B virus large (L) protein (ad or ay subtype), characterised in that the amino acid sequence of the protein consists of either:
(a) residues 12 - 52, followed by residues 133 - 145, followed by residues 175 - 400 of the said L protein; or
(b) residue 12, followed by residues 14 - 52, followed by residues 133 -145, followed by residues 175 - 400 of the said L protein.
HBsAg may also refer to polypeptides described in EP 0 198 474 or EP 0 304 578.
Normally the HBsAg will be in particle form. It may comprise S protein alone or may be as composite particles, for example (L*,S) wherein L* is as defined above and S denotes the S-protein of hepatitis B surface antigen.
The HBsAg may be adsorbed on aluminium phosphate as described in W093/24148.
Preferably an hepatitis B (HBV) antigen used in the formulation of the invention is , HBsAg S-antigen as used in the commercial product Engerix-B (Trade Mark; SmithKline Beecham Biologicals).
A vaccine comprising hepatitis B surface antigen in conjunction with 3D-MPL was described in European Patent Application 0 633 784.
Examples of antigens from additional pathogens which may be included in the compositions according to the invention are now described.
Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), a member of the herpesvirus group, causes infectious nononucleosis as a primary disease in humans. Predominantly it affects children or young adults. More than 90% of the average adult population is infected by EBV that persists for lifetime in peripheral B-lymphocytes. The virus is lifelong produced in the parotid gland and spread primarily by exchange of saliva from ndividuals who shed the virus. Children infected with EBV are largely isymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, while adolescents and adults who Decome infected develop typical infectious mononucleosis, characterised by fever, pharyngitis, and adenopathy. People who have been infected maintain anti-EBV antibodies for the remainder of their lives, and are thus immune to further infection.
In addition to its infectious qualities, EBV has been shown to transform lymphocytes into rapidly dividing cells and has therefore been implicated in several different lymphomas, including African Burkitt's lymphoma (BL). EBV may also be involved in causing nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Worldwide it is estimated that 80,000 cases of nasopharyngeal carcinoma occur and it is more prevalent in ethnic Chinese populations. Infectious mononucleosis is a consequence of primary infection by EBV. It is not a life-threatening disease if additional risk factors are absent.
Four proteins of the EBV viral envelope constituting the so-called membrane antigen complex have been described. They are usually referred to as gp 220/350 or gp 250/350 or simply as gp 250 or 350 (see EP-A-151079). There is convincing evidence that gp 350 and gp 250 induce the production of neutralising antibodies and that antibodies against gp 350 and gp 250 have neutralising capacity. These proteins are thus candidates for a possible EBV vaccine. For further information about the application of gp 250/350 for prophylaxis and treatment of EBV-related diseases see EP 0 173 254.
The major EBV surface glycoprotein gp350/220 infects human target cells through interaction with the cellular membrane protein, CD21. Gp350/220 is the primary
have been shown to protect against EBV-related disease. Preferably a vaccine composition according to the invention comprises gp 350 of EBV although other protective antigens may be used.
In a preferred aspect the vaccine composition of the invention additionally comprises a Varicella Zoster viral antigen (VZV antigen). Suitable antigens of VZV for inclusion in the vaccine formulation include gpI-V described by Longnecker et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 84, 4303-4307 (1987).
In a preferred embodiment gpl (see Ellis et al., US patent 4,769,239) is used. See also European Patent No. 0 405 867 Bl.
In another preferred aspect the vaccine composition of the invention additionally comprises a human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) antigen. HCMV is a human DNA virus belonging to the family of herpes viruses. HCMV is endemic in most parts of the world. Among two populations, HCMV is responsible for serious medical conditions. HCMV is a major cause of congenital defects in new borns. The second population at risk are immunocompromised patients such as those suffering from HIV infection and those patients undergoing transplantations. The clinical disease causes a variety of symptoms including fever, hepatitis, pneumonitis and infectious mononucleosis. A preferred antigen for use in a vaccine against HCMV is gB685** as described in WO 95/31555. Immunogens for use in HCMV vaccines are also provided by pp65, an HCMV Matrix Protein as described in WO 94/00150 (City of Hope).
In one preferred aspect the vaccine composition of the invention additionally comprises both a VZV and an HCMV antigen, in particular those antigens described above.
In another preferred aspect the vaccine composition or tne invention additionally comprises a Toxoplasma gondii antigen. Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular protozoan parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis in warm-blooded animals, including man. Although it is generally clinically asymptomatic in healthy individuals, toxoplasmosis may cause severe complications in pregnant women and immunocompromised patients. A preferred antigen for use in a vaccine against Toxoplasma gondii is SAG1 (also known as P30) as described in WO96/02654 or Tg34 as described in W092/11366.
In one preferred aspect the vaccine composition of the invention additionally comprises either a VZV antigen or an HCMV antigen combined with a Toxoplasma gondii antigen, in particular those antigens described above.
In a preferred aspect the vaccine composition of the invention is a multivalent vaccine, for example a tetra- or pentavalent vaccine.
The formulations of the present invention are very effective in inducing protective immunity, even with very low doses of antigen (e.g. as low as 5|ig rgD2t).
They provide excellent protection against primary infection and stimulate, advantageously both specific humoral (neutralising antibodies) and also effector cell mediated (DTH) immune responses.
The present invention in a further aspect provides a vaccine formulation as herein described for use in medical therapy, particularly for use in the treatment or prophylaxis of human papillomavirus infections and herpes simplex virus infections.
The vaccine of the present invention will contain an immunoprotective quantity of the antigens and may be prepared by conventional techniques.
Vaccine preparation is generally described in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Vol.61 Vaccine Design - the subunit and adjuvant approach, edited by Powell and Newman, Plenum Press, 1995. New Trends and Developments in Vaccines, edited by Voller et al., University Park Press, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. 1978. Encapsulation within liposomes is descnbed, for example, by Fullerton, U.S. Patent 4,235,877. Conjugation of proteins to macromolecules is disclosed, for example, by Likhite, U.S. Patent 4,372,945 and by Armor et al., U.S. Patent 4,474,757.
The amount of protein in each vaccine dose is selected as an amount which induces an immunoprotective response without significant, adverse side effects in typical vaccinees. Such amount will vary depending upon which specific immunogen is employed. Generally, it is expected that each dose will comprise l-1000jag of protein, preferably 2-100|j.g, most preferably 4-40jig. An optimal amount for a particular vaccine can be ascertained by standard studies involving observation of antibody titres and other responses in subjects. Following an initial vaccination, subjects may receive a boost in about 4 weeks.
In addition to vaccination of persons susceptible to HPV or HSV infections, the pharmaceutical compositions of the present invention may be used to treat, immunotherapeutically, patients suffering from the said viral infections.
In a further aspect of the present invention there is provided a method of manufacture as herein described, wherein the method comprises mixing a human papilloma virus antigen and a herpes simplex virus antigen with a TH-1 inducing adjuvant, for example 3D-MPL and, preferably, a carrier, for example alum.
If desired, other antigens may be added, in any convenient order, to provide multivalent vaccine compositions as described herein.
The following example illustrates but does not limit the invention.
Example 1: Comparative immunogenicity of HPV Ags / HBs / gD in monovalent or combination vaccines formulated with AS04.
An immunogenicity study was performed in Balb/C mice using four different antigens: -
1. HPV16 LI Virus Like Particule (VLP-16)
2. HPV 18 LI Virus Like Particule (VLP-18)
3. gD antigen of HSV-2
formulated with Alum/3D-MPL (AS04) using pre adsorbed monobulks of antigen or 3D-MPL on Al(OH)3 or A1P04.
3D-MPL/A1(0H)3 formulations are referred to AS04D whereas 3D-MPL/A1P04 based formulations are referred to AS04C.
The following vaccines were assessed: 1.VLP16+VLP18AS04D;
and the potential to combine these vaccines was evaluated.
The aim of this experiment was to compare the immunogenicity of two different AS04 combinations made of either:
2. VLP16+VLP18andgDandHBs Ag.
The experimental protocol is fully described in the Material and Methods section.
In summary, groups of 10 mice were immunised intramuscularly twicr at 3 week intervals with various Ag based formulations. Antibody response to VLPs, gD and HBs Ag and the isotypic profile induced by vaccination were monitored by ELISA at day 14 post EL At the same timepoint, the cytokine production (IFNy/IL5) was analysed after in vitro restimulation of splenic cells with either VLPs, gD or HBs antigens.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
VLP16, VLP 18, gD and HBs formulated with 3D-MPL on Aluminium salt.
a) VLP adsorption.
VLP 16 and VLP 18 purified bulk are added to Al(OH)3 to obtain a ratio of 2μg VL?/I0μg Al(OH)3. The mixture is stored between 2-8°C until final formulation.
b) gu aasorption.
2μgD are mixed with lOμ g Al(OH)y The mixture is stored between 2-8QC until final formulation.
c) HBs adsorption.
μg Hbs are mixed with 10μg A!P04. The mixture is stored between 2-8°C until final formulation.
d) 3D-MPL adsorption.
510μg3D-MPL are mixed with lOug Al(OH)3. The mixture is stored between 2-8°C until final formulation.
5|ig 3D-MPL are mixed with 10p.g A1P04. The mixture is stored between 2-8°C until final formulation.
H20 and NaCl are mixed (lOx concentrated) and after 10 minutes of agitation at room temperature, the differents components are added: adsorbed antigen, 3D-MPL adsorbed and Al(OH)3 (See table below). They are shaken at room temperature for 10 minutes and stored at 4°C until injection.
Anti-VLP-16 and anti-VLP-18 serology
The quantitation of anti-VLP16 and anti-VLP18 antibodies was performed by ELISA using VLP16 503/1 (20/12/99) and VLP18 504/2 (25/10/99F) as coating antigens. The antigen and antibody solutions were used at 50 /d per well. The antigen was diluted at a final concentration of 0.5μg/ml in PBS and was adsorbed overnight at 4°C to the wells of 96 wells microtiter plates (Maxisorb Immuno-plate, Nunc, Denmark). The plates were then incubated for lhr at 37°C with PBS containing 1 % bovine serum albumin. Two-fold dilutions of sera (starting at 1/400 dilution) in the saturation buffer were added to the VLP-coated plates and incubated for 1 hr 30min at 37°C. The plates were washed four times with PBS 0.1 % Tween 20 and biotin-conjugated anti-mouse Ig (Amersham, UK) diluted 1/1500 in saturation buffer were added to each well and incubated for lhr 30min at 37°C. After a washing step, streptavidin-biotinylated peroxydase complex (Amersham, UK) diluted 1/1000 in saturation buffer was added for an additional 30min at 37°C. Plates were washed as above and incubated for 20min with a solution of o-phenylenediamine (Sigma) 0.04% H202 0.03 % in 0.1 % tween 20 0.05M citrate buffer pH4.5. The reaction was stopped with H2S04 2N and read at 490/630 nm. ELISA titers were calculated from a reference by SoftmaxPro (using a four parameters equation) and expressed in EU/ml.
uantitation of anti-gD antibody was performed by ELISA using gD (gD 43B318) is the coating antigen. The antigen and antibody solutions were used at 50/xi per veil. The antigen was diluted at a final concentration of l/ig/ml in PBS and was .dsorbed overnight at 4°C to the wells of 96 wells microtiter plates (Maxisorb mmuno-plate, Nunc, Denmark). The plates were then incubated for lhr at 37°c vith PBS containing 1 % bovine serum albumin and 0.1% Tween 20 (saturation mffer; lOOwell). Two-fold dilutions of sera (starting at 1/100 dilution) in the aturation buffer were added to the gD-coated plates and incubated for lhr 30min at 17°C. The plates were washed four times with PBS 0.1% Tween 20 and biotin-:onjugated anti-mouse IgGl, IgG2a, IgG2b or Ig (Amersham, UK) diluted 1/1000 n saturation buffer was added to each well and incubated for lhr 30 min at 37°C. \fter a washing step, streptavidin-biotinylated peroxydase complex (Amersham, JK) diluted 1/1000 in saturation buffer was added for an additional 30min at 37°C. Plates were washed as above and incubated for 20min with a solution of o-Dhenylenediamine (Sigma) 0.04 % H202 0.03 % in 0.1 % tween 20 0.05M citrate Duffer pH 4.5. The reaction was stopped with H2S04 2N and read at 490/630 nm. ELISA titers were calculated from a reference by SoftmaxPro (using a four parameters equation) and expressed in EU/ml.
The quantitation of anti-HBs antibody was performed by ELISA using HBs (Hep 286) as the coating antigen. Antigen and antibody solutions were used at 50^1 per well. The antigen was diluted at a final concentration of 1/xg/ml in PBS and was adsorbed overnight at 4 °C to the wells of 96 wells microtiter plates (Maxisorb Lmmuno-plate, Nunc, Denmark). The plates were then incubated for lhr at 37°C with PBS containing 1 % bovine serum albumin and 0.1% Tween 20 (saturation buffer). Two-fold dilutions of sera (starting at 1/100 dilution) in the saturation buffer were added to the HBs-coated plates and incubated for lhr 30min at 37°C. The plates were washed four times with PBS 0.1% Tween 20 and biotin-conjugated anti-mouse Ig (Amersham, UK) diluted 1/1500 or IgGl, IgG2a, IgG2b (IMTECH,
USA) diluted respectively at 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/4UUU in saturation ouner were added to each well and incubated for lhr 30min at 37°C. After a washing step, streptavidin-biotinylated peroxydase complex (Amersham, UK) diluted 1/1000 in saturation buffer was added for an additional 30min at 37°C. Plates were washed as above and incubated for 20min with a solution of o-phenylenediamine (Sigma) 0.04% H2Oz 0.03% in 0.1% tween 20 0.05M citrate buffer pH4.5. The reaction was stopped with H2S04 2N and read at 490/630 nm. ELISA titers were calculated from a reference by SoftmaxPro (using a four parameters equation) and expressed in EU/ml.
Two weeks after the second immunisation, mice were killed, spleens were removed aseptically and pooled. Cell suspensions were prepared in RPMI 1640 medium (GIBCO) containing 2 mM L-glutamine, antibiotics, 5xl0"5 M 2-mercaptoethanol, and 5% foetal calf serum. Cells were cultured at a final concentration of 5xlG6 cells/ml, in 1ml per flat-bottomed 24 well-plates with different concentrations (10-1 /xg/ml) of each of the Ag (VLPs, gD or HBs antigen). Supernatants were harvested 96hrs later and frozen until tested for the presence of IFNy and IL5 by ELISA.
Quantitation of IFNy was performed by ELISA using reagents from Genzyme. Samples and antibody solutions were used at 50/d per well. 96-well microtiter plates (Maxisorb Immuno-plate, Nunc, Denmark) were coated overnight at 4°C with 50/zl of hamster anti-mouse IFNy diluted at 1.5/xg/ml in carbonate buffer pH 9.5. Plates were then incubated for lhr at 37°C with lOO/iI of PBS containing 1 % bovine serum albumin and 0.1% Tween 20 (saturation buffer).Two-fold dilutions of supernatant from in vitro stimulation (starting at 1/2) in saturation buffer were added to the anti- IFNy -coated plates and incubated for lhr 30min at 37°C. The
jlates were washed 4 times with PBS Tween 0.1 % (wash buffer) and biotin-:onjugated goat anti-mouse IFNy diluted in saturation buffer at a final concentration )f 0.5μg/ml was added to each well and incubated for lhr at 37°C. After a washing step, AMDEX conjugate (Amersham) diluted 1/10000 in saturation buffer was idded for 30min at 37°C. Plates were washed as above and incubated with 50μl of TMB (Biorad) for lOmin. The reaction was stopped with H2SO40.4N and read at 450/630 nm. Concentrations were calculated using a standard curve (mouse IFNy standard) by SoftmaxPro (four parameters equation) and expressed in pg/ml.
Quantitation of VL5 was performed by ELISA using reagents from Pharmingen. Samples and antibody solutions were used at 50A per well. 96-well microtiter plates (Maxisorb Immuno-plate, Nunc, Denmark) were coated overnight at 4°C with 50μl of rat anti-mouse IL5 diluted at 1μl/ml in carbonate buffer pH 9.5. Plates were then incubated for lhr at 37°C with lOO^tl PBS containing 1 % bovine serum albumin and 0.1 % tween 20 (saturation buffer).Two-fold dilutions of supernatant from in vitro stimulation (starting at 1/2) in saturation buffer were added to the anti-IL-5-coated plates and incubated for lhr 30min at 37°C. The plates were washed 4 times with PBS Tween 0.1% (wash buffer) and biotin-conjugated rat anti-mouse EL5 diluted in saturation buffer at a final concentration ofμg/ml was added to each well and incubated for lhr at 37°C. After a washing step, AMDEX conjugate (Amersham) diluted 1/10000 in saturation buffer was added for 30min at 37°C. Plates were washed as above and incubated with 50jul of TMB (Biorad) for 15min. The reaction was stopped with H2S04 0.4N and read at 450/630 nm. Concentrations were calculated using a standard curve (recombinant mouse DL-5) by SoftmaxPro (four parameters equation) and expressed in pg/ml.
Groups of 10 Balb/C mice were immunised intramuscularly with the following formulations:
Details of formulations are described above in Materials and Methods.
a) Anti-VLP16 response:
Humoral responses (Ig) were measured by ELISA using VLP16 503-1 (20/12/99) as the coating antigen. Day 14 post II sera were analysed.
Figure 1 shows anti-VLP16 Ig antibody responses measured on individual sera on day 14 post II.
The anti-VLP16 titers obtained after immunisation with the combination of VLPs, gD and HBs Ag (group B), were slightly lower than the one obtained with either the combination of VLPs and gD (group A) or the monovalent VLPs formulation (group D) (GMT respectively of 27578 versus 48105 EU/ml versus 44448 EU/ml). Before statistical analysis a T-Grubbs test was applied on each population for data exclusion. Two non-responder mice in groups A and D were eliminated for analysis.
i cant using the Student Newman Keuls Test.
imoral responses (Ig ) were measured by ELISA using VLP18 504-2 (25/10/99) coating antigen. Day 14 post II sera were analysed.
[gure 2 shows the anti-VLP18 Ig antibody response measured on individual sera I day 14 post II
he anti-VLP18 titers obtained after immunisation with the combination of VLPs, D and HBs Ag (group B), were in the same magnitude as the titers obtained with ther the combination of VLPs and gD (group A) or the monovalent VLPs )rmulation (group D) (GMT respectively of 56078 versus 88786 EU/ml versus 6991 EU/ml)
lefore statistical analysis a T-Grubbs test was applied on each population for data xclusion. Two non-responder mice in groups A and D were eliminated for analysis.
Tie differences observed were shown as statistically not significant using one-way nalysis of variance test
:) Anti-gD response:
lumoral responses (Ig and isotypes) were measured by ELISA using gD as coating mtigen. Day 14 post II sera were analysed.
Figure 3 shows the anti-gD antibody responses measured on individual sera at day 14 post II:
Regarding the anti-gD response, a slight decrease was observed in the GMT obtained with the VLPs/gD/HBs combination (group B) compared to gD alone
(Group C) or VLPs/gD combination (Ciroup A) (GMT respectively of 18631 versus 32675 versus 27058 EU/ml).
Before statistical analysis a T-Grubbs test was applied on each population for data exclusion. Two non-responder mice in-group A were eliminated for analysis.
A one-way-analysis of variance was performed on anti-gD titers after log transformation of post II data. No statistically significant difference was observed between the three formulations.
No difference was observed in isotypic profile induced by the three formulations: mainly IgGl response (96-97% of IgGl) were induced in the 3 groups as reported in the table below.
d) Anti-HBs response:
Humoral responses (Ig and isotypes) were measured by ELISA using HBsAg (Hep286) as coating antigen. Day 14 post II sera were analysed.
Figure 4 shows the anti-HBs antibody responses measured on individual sera on day 14 post II.
A slightly lower anti-HBs antibody response is observed in the combination group B containing the VLPs, gD and HBs antigens compared to HBs alone (group E) (GMT of 28996 EU/ml versus 20536 EU/ml).
A one-way-analysis of variance was performed on anti-HBs titers after log transformation of post II data. No statistically significant difference was observed between the group B (VLP/HBs/gD) versus the group E (HBs AS04) using Student Newman Keuls test.
The isotypic repartition analysed on pooled sera was as follows and showed no differences between the 2 groups with a proportion of IgG2a preserved in the combination vaccine.
2. Cell Mediated Immune Response
Cell-mediated immune responses (IFNy / IL5 production) were evaluated at day 14 post II after in vitro restimulation of splenic cells with either VLPs, gD or HBs antigens. For each group of mice, pools of 5 organs were constituted. The experimental procedure is fully described in Material and Methods.
3. Cytokine production
a) In vitro restimulation with VLP16 and VLP18
Figure 5 shows the cytokine production monitored in splenic cells after 96h in vitro restimulation with VLP16.
Figure 6 shows the cytokine production monitored in splenic cells after 96h in vitro restimulation with VLP18.
No clear dose range effect has been observed using 10μg and lμg Ag dose for restimulation with either VLP antigens on both cytokine production.
?) In vitro restimulation with gD
Figure 7 shows the cytokine production monitored in splenic cells after 96h in vitro
restimulation with gD antigen.
No clear dose range effect was observed when comparing the 10 and ljxg Ag dose for restimulation
The IFN-y is produced in much higher concentration as compared to IL-5 (Table 3) indicating a clear TH-1 profile of the immune response in all groups evaluated (monovalent versus combination).
Table 3 : IFN-y/ IL-5 ratio after in vitro restimulation with gD.
c) In vitro restimulation with HBs
Figure 8 shows the cytokine production monitored in splenic cells after 96h in vitro restimulation with HBs.
A significant level of IFN-y but no IL5 production was observed for group B. As shown in Table 2 higher production of IFN-y was observed in group E as compared to group B. However high background value of IFN-y was observed in the group E (HBs monovalent) for the control with no antigen for restimulation. A very high IFN-yL-5 ratio was observed with the monovalent vaccine indicating that a strong TH1 response is induced. Similarly, a high IFN-y /IL-5 ratio was measured with the combined vaccine confirming the ability of this formulation to also induce a TH-1 response.
The effect of the combination of VLPs/gD or VLPs/gD/HBs Ag formulated in AS04 on the immunogenicity was evaluated in Balb/C mice:
Regarding the serological analysis, no interference of the Ag combination was observed on anti-VLPs, anti-gD and anti-HBs serology.
The combination of VLPs and gD or VLPs, gD and HBs antigens did not interfere with the isotypic profile of the antibody response displayed by the gD and HBs monovalent vaccines.
In the cytokines evaluation, the TH-1 profile (IFN-y/IL-5 ratio) observed with each monovalent vaccines was confirmed with the combination vaccine groups.
1. A vaccine composition comprising:
(a) a herpes simplex virus (HSV) antigen; and
(b) a human papillomavirus (HPV) antigen
in conjunction with an adjuvant which is a preferential stimulator of TH1 cell response.
2. A vaccine composition according to claim 1 which additionally comprises a carrier.
3. A vaccine composition according to claim 1 or claim 2 in which the preferential stimulator of THl-cell response is selected from the group of adjuvants comprising: 3D-MPL, 3D-MPL wherein the size of the particles of 3D-MPL is preferably about or less than lOOnm, QS21, a mixture of QS21 and cholesterol, and a CpG oligonucleotide.
4. A vaccine composition according to claim 3 in which the preferential stimulator of THl-cell response is 3D-MPL.
5. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 4 in which the HSV antigen is HSV-2 gD or a truncate thereof.
6. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 5 which comprises at least one HPV antigen selected from the group consisting of LI, L2, E6 and E7, optionally in the form of a fusion protein and/or a truncate.
7. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 6 in which an EBV antigen is additionally present.
8. A vaccine composition as defined in claim / 350.
9. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 6 in which a hepatitis A antigen is additionally present.
10. A vaccine composition according to claim 9 in which the HAV antigen is derived from the HM-175 strain.
11. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 6 in which a hepatitis B virus (HBV) antigen is additionally present.
12. A vaccine composition according to claim 11 in which the HBV antigen is hepatitis B surface antigen.
13. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 12 in which the carrier is selected from the group comprising aluminium hydroxide, aluminium phosphate and tocopherol and an oil in water emulsion.
14. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 13 which additionally comprises a VZV antigen.
15. A vaccine composition according to claim 14 in which the VZV antigen is gpl
16. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 15 which additionally comprises a HCMV antigen.
17. A vaccine composition according to claim 16 in which the HCMV antigen is μgB685 or pp65.
18. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 17 which additionally comprises a Toxoplasma gondii antigen.
19. A vaccine composition according to claim 18 in which the Toxoplasma gondii antigen is SAGl or TG34.
20. A vaccine composition according to any one of claims 1 to 4 comprising HSV-2 gDt antigen and an HPV antigen chosen from the group consisting of LI, L2, E6, E7, protein D-E6, protein D-E7 or L2-E7 of HPV and optionally in addition one or more of HBsAg S antigen; EBVgp 350; VZVgpI; HAV HM-175 inactivated strain; gB685** or pp65 of HCMV and SAGl or TG34 antigens of Toxoplasma gondii.
19. A vaccine composition according to claim 1, wherein the human
papiloma virus antigen is derived from HPV 6 and/or HPV 11.
20. A vaccine composition according to claim 19, wherein the HSV
antigen is HSV glycoprotein D.
21. A vaccine composition according to claims 19 and 20 wherein the
adjuvant is 3D-MPL and alum.
22. A vaccine composition substantially as herein described with
reference to the accompanying drawings.
|Indian Patent Application Number||IN/PCT/2002/336/CHE|
|PG Journal Number||26/2007|
|Date of Filing||05-Mar-2002|
|Name of Patentee||M/S. SMITHKLINE BEECHAM BIOLOGICALS S.A.|
|Applicant Address||rue de l'Institut, 89, B-1330 Rixensart|
|PCT International Classification Number||A 61K39/12|
|PCT International Application Number||PCT/EP2000/008784|
|PCT International Filing date||2000-09-07|