Background: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a leading cause of childhood bronchiolitis and pneumonia, particularly in early infancy. Immunization of pregnant women could boost preexisting immune responses, providing passive protection to newborns through placental transfer of anti-RSV antibody.
Methods: In this first-in-humans clinical trial of a purified recombinant RSV protein F vaccine engineered to preferentially maintain prefusion conformation (RSV-PreF), 128 healthy men 18-44 years old were randomized to one dose of a RSV-PreF vaccine containing 10, 30, or 60 µg of RSV-PreF antigen, with or without alum adjuvant, or control, and followed for one year for safety and immunogenicity outcomes.
Results: Injection site pain was the most common adverse event, reported by up to 81.3% of participants. The highest RSV neutralizing antibody responses were in the 30 µg RSV-PreF/alum, 60 µg RSV-PreF/alum, and 60 µg RSV-PreF/nonadjuvant groups. Responses were evident on day 7, and 30 days after vaccination these participants had RSV-A neutralizing antibody titers of ≥1:512, and >70% had titers of 1:1024, with titers increasing by 3.2-4.9 fold. Responses remained high on day 60 but waned on days 180 and 360.
Conclusions: The RSV-PreF vaccine elicited rapid RSV neutralizing antibody responses in healthy young men, with an acceptable adverse event profile.
Keywords: maternal immunization; respiratory syncytial virus; vaccine; vaccine safety and immunogenicity.
© The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.