Adenovirus Vector With Multiple Expression Cassettes

Abstract

Genetic vaccines and methods are provided for enhancing the immunity of a host such as a human to one or more pathogens. In one embodiment, a recombinant benign virus is provided as the genetic vaccine. The recombinant virus comprises: an antigen sequence heterologous to the recombinant virus that encodes a viral antigen from a pathogenic virus, expression of the viral antigen eliciting an immune response directed against the viral antigen and cells expressing the viral antigen in a host upon infection of the host by the recombinant virus; and an immuno-stimulator sequence heterologous to the recombinant virus that encodes an immuno-stimulator whose expression in the host enhances the immunogenicity of the viral antigen. The recombinant virus is replication-incompetent and does not causes a malignancy naturally associated with the pathogenic virus in the host. The genetic vaccines can be used for immunizing a host against a wide variety of pathogens, such as HIV, Ebola virus, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, influenza virus, pathogenic bacteria and parasites.


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  • Publication: Apr 8, 2003
  • Application: Jun 2, 2000
    US US 58559900 A
  • Priority: Jun 2, 2000
    US US 58559900 A

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