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Current and future prophylactic vaccines for hepatitis C virus

Authors Dunlop J, Owsianka A, Cowton V, Patel A

Received 27 February 2015

Accepted for publication 12 May 2015

Published 11 August 2015 Volume 2015:5 Pages 31—44


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Don Diamond

James I Dunlop, Anna M Owsianka, Vanessa M Cowton, Arvind H Patel

MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Abstract: The development of a vaccine is necessary to combat the global hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic. The key to the development of a prophylactic vaccine is understanding the immune response in those who spontaneously resolve HCV infections versus those who develop chronic disease. Several promising vaccine candidates based on the use of viral vectors are currently in Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. The recently solved structures of the E2 glycoprotein have greatly aided epitope- and antibody-based vaccine design.

Keywords: antibody, E1E2 glycoproteins, epitope, HCV, neutralizing antibody, viral vector

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