Lyme Disease vaccine shows promise in Phase I/II trial

lyme disease vaccine (Moyan Brenn)In a study published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, investigators revealed promising results of a phase I/II trial of a new Lyme disease vaccine.

Lyme disease is caused by the Borrelia species of tick across the USA, Europe and Asia. No human vaccine for Lyme disease currently exists – although the history of the Lyme disease vaccine LYMERix is nicely detailed here.

This novel Lyme disease vaccine contained epitopes from Borrelia species outer surface protein A (OspA) serotypes. Investigators examined the safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine in 300 trial participants, assigning half the participants to receive the adjuvanted vaccines and half to receive the non-adjuvanted vaccines. All doses and formulations induced substantial mean IgG antibody titres after the first three vaccinations and booster immunisations.

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