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It completely protected mice from a lethal dose of the flu virus

An international team of scientists has found a new compound that will give vaccines some extra power against viruses.

The research team, hailing from Oxford University as well as Sweden and the United States, has discovered a new adjuvant, which is added to vaccines in order to make them stronger against viruses. The new adjuvant is capable of boosting the fight against HIV, the flu and herpes.

The new adjuvant is a polymer called polyethyleneimine (PEI), and it is capable of stimulating immune response to better fight viruses. The vaccine is also made up of part of the virus it's fighting or a dead/disabled pathogen, which helps the vaccine to know what to attack.

Most vaccines today have an adjuvant, with the most popular being alum (an aluminum-based compound). However, alum is not the most potent, and vaccines for the flu need to be reformulated every year because it evolves to escape adjuvants. As for HIV and herpes, there are no effective vaccines for either yet.

That's where PEI comes in. It enhances the battle against all three, according to the research team. After giving mice models just one dose of the PEI-containing vaccine through a nasal droplet, they were protected from a lethal dose of the flu.

When the vaccine contained PEI with a protein from HIV and herpes, mice with either virus had a stronger immune system response than to any other adjuvant before.

"Gaining complete protection against flu from just one immunization is pretty unheard of, even in a study in mice," said Professor Quentin Sattentau of the Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford University. "This gives us confidence that PEI has the potential to be a potent adjuvant for vaccines against viruses like flu or HIV, though there are many steps ahead if it is ever to be used in humans."

Source: Eurekalert

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Fine print
By Ammohunt on 8/28/2012 1:55:34 PM , Rating: 3
I bet the fine print says "Possible side effects of PEI are anal bleeding,impotence,loss of appetite,coma,suicidal thoughts and/or death"

RE: Fine print
By Brandon Hill on 8/28/2012 2:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
That's the best part of those drug commercials. The side effects are always worse than the original condition.

RE: Fine print
By TSS on 8/28/2012 4:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
Oh that's no problem, why don't you take a few of those other drugs that supress those side effects.

Oh look, made by the same company. What a funny coincidence.

RE: Fine print
By Alexvrb on 8/28/2012 9:30:22 PM , Rating: 2
When you run out of diseases to cure, just engineer new ones! Then you can let them run rampant for a few years before engineering a new drug to combat them.

RE: Fine print
By bah12 on 8/28/2012 4:36:15 PM , Rating: 2
not quite
By ranran on 8/29/2012 2:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
"However, alum is not the most potent, and vaccines for the flu need to be reformulated every year because it evolves to escape adjuvants."

No. Vaccines need to be reformulated due to both inherent mutation during viral replication and selective pressures that select for mutants better able to evade host immune responses.

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