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A New Generation of Potent Adjuvants

Schepens Eye Research Institute
posted on 03/04/2009

Adjuvants such as alum are used in vaccination to promote the immune response. The bacterial-based adjuvants augment antigen-presenting cell activity to enhance the immunogenicity of the vaccine, but such adjuvants cause severe inflammatory reactions. Specific neuropeptides found in the eye modulate innate and adaptive immunity and can be used to promote immunity associated with vaccination and to minimize the side-effects of immunization. The combination of a neuropeptide with an immunogen modifies the immune response to the immunogen according to the specific need: induction or suppression of vaccine induced inflammation or specific cellular immunity. The technology finds applications in vaccination, immunotherapy and in the development of treatments against autoimmune diseases.

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File Number: SERI-145 

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Ph.D. Andrew Taylor

Mary Chatterton, Director of Corporate Alliances.

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