Novel prime-boost vaccine strategies against HIV-1.
Excler Jean-Louis,Kim Jerome H
Expert review of vaccines
: Given the complexities of HIV infection and the HIV genetic heterogeneity, a successful HIV vaccine should elicit broad adaptive and innate immune responses. Vaccine prime-boost platforms may achieve this goal. Several factors including selection of antigen, type of vector, delivery route, dose, adjuvant, boosting regimen, order of vector injection, and intervals between vaccinations influence the outcome. : We reviewed the literature on the latest findings of the various prime-boost HIV vaccine clinical trials, with particular emphasis on the most advanced and promising strategies. : Data suggest that heterologous may be better than homologous prime-boost regimens for protection. The most advanced strategies to have reached efficacy trials use either canarypox vector (ALVAC) boosted by adjuvanted gp120 protein or adenovirus (Ad26) vector expressing mosaic antigens boosted by gp140 protein. DNA prime and vectors and/or protein boost regimens are at less advanced development stage. These regimens, while imperfect (efficacy ≥50%), could contribute substantially to the control of HIV epidemics as a part of a comprehensive HIV prevention program. To ensure prompt vaccine access in populations with the greatest need, attention should be given to post-efficacy activities necessary to achieve appropriate uptake and implementation of effective vaccines.
Optimize Prime/Boost Vaccine Strategies: Trained Immunity as a New Player in the Game.
Palgen Jean-Louis,Feraoun Yanis,Dzangué-Tchoupou Gaëlle,Joly Candie,Martinon Frédéric,Le Grand Roger,Beignon Anne-Sophie
Frontiers in immunology
Most vaccines require multiple doses to induce long-lasting protective immunity in a high frequency of vaccines, and to ensure strong both individual and herd immunity. Repetitive immunogenic stimulations not only increase the intensity and durability of adaptive immunity, but also influence its quality. Several vaccine parameters are known to influence adaptive immune responses, including notably the number of immunizations, the delay between them, and the delivery sequence of different recombinant vaccine vectors. Furthermore, the initial effector innate immune response is key to activate and modulate B and T cell responses. Optimization of homologous and heterologous prime/boost vaccination strategies requires a thorough understanding of how vaccination history affects memory B and T cell characteristics. This requires deeper knowledge of how innate cells respond to multiple vaccine encounters. Here, we review how innate cells, more particularly those of the myeloid lineage, sense and respond differently to a 1st and a 2nd vaccine dose, both in an extrinsic and intrinsic manner. On one hand, the presence of primary specific antibodies and memory T cells, whose critical properties change with time after priming, provides a distinct environment for innate cells at the time of re-vaccination. On the other hand, innate cells themselves can exert enhanced intrinsic antimicrobial functions, long after initial stimulation, which is referred to as trained immunity. We discuss the potential of trained innate cells to be game-changers in prime/boost vaccine strategies. Their increased functionality in antigen uptake, antigen presentation, migration, and as cytokine producers, could indeed improve the restimulation of primary memory B and T cells and their differentiation into potent secondary memory cells in response to the boost. A better understanding of trained immunity mechanisms will be highly valuable for harnessing the full potential of trained innate cells, to optimize immunization strategies.