Novel Epstein-Barr Virus Vaccines


Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is the causative agent of infectious mononucleosis and is associated with certain types of cancers, such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma, gastric carcinoma, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. There are currently no vaccines against EBV on the market and there is only supportive treatment available for EBV infection.

The subject technologies are novel vaccine candidates against EBV that employ fusion proteins consisting of immunogenic portions of the EBV envelope glycoproteins (i.e. gp350, gH/gL, etc.) that are found on the surface of the virus fused with a self-assembling protein such as ferritin. The fusion proteins multimerize and the resulting nanoparticles serve as the antigens in the vaccine. In mice, these vaccine candidates were able to elicit neutralizing antibodies that were significantly higher than vaccination with only soluble forms of the EBV envelope glycoproteins lacking the self-assembly domains. In some cases, the fusion protein vaccine candidates were able to elicit neutralizing antibodies while vaccination with the corresponding soluble versions elicited primarily non-neutralizing antibodies. These neutralizing antibody titers in immunized mice were substantially higher than those seen in humans naturally infected with EBV.

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
  • Vaccines against EBV
 
  • The subject technologies are novel vaccine candidates against EBV that were able to elicit significantly higher levels of neutralizing antibodies than vaccines based solely on soluble forms of the EBV envelope glycoproteins lacking self-assembly domains.


Development Stage:
  • Early-stage
  • In vitro data available
  • In vivo data available (animal)


Inventors:

Masaru Kanekiyo (NIAID)  ➽ more inventions...

Gary Nabel (NIAID)  ➽ more inventions...

Jeffrey Cohen (NIAID)  ➽ more inventions...

Wei Bu (NIAID)  ➽ more inventions...


Intellectual Property:
US Application No. 15/028,655
PCT Application No. PCT/US2014/060142
US Application No. 61/889,840
US Application No. 61/921,284

Licensing Contact:
Benjamin Hurley, Ph.D.
Email: benjamin.hurley@nih.gov
Phone: 240-669-5092

OTT Reference No: E-531-2013/0
Updated: Dec 17, 2015