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Evaluation of the Safety and Immunogenicity of a Live Attenuated Virus Vaccine for the Prevention of H2N3 Influenza

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier:
First received: August 3, 2010
Last updated: February 8, 2013
Last verified: February 2013
In recent years, influenza viruses that have traditionally infected animals have infected humans as well. The H2N3 influenza virus, which first appeared in pigs in the Midwest United States in 2006, may pose a potential health concern to humans. This study will evaluate the safety of and immune response to a vaccine designed to protect people from the H2N3 influenza virus.

Condition Intervention Phase
Influenza A Virus Infection
Biological: H2N3 MO 2003/AA ca Vaccine
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Phase 1 Evaluation of the Safety and Immunogenicity of Live Influenza A Vaccine H2N3 (6-2) AA ca Recombinant (A/Swine/Missouri/4296424/2006 (H2N3) x A/Ann Arbor/6/60 ca), a Live Attenuated Virus Vaccine Candidate for Prevention of Influenza H2N3 Infection in the Event of a Pandemic

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Frequency of vaccine-related reactogenicity events that occur during the acute monitoring (inpatient) phase of the study [ Time Frame: Measured through Day 37 or until participants are discharged from the isolation unit ]
  • Area under the curve (AUC) of nasal virus shedding after each dose of vaccine as assessed by liquid titration of nasal secretions on Madin Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells at 33°C [ Time Frame: Measured after each vaccination ]
  • Development of serum antibody assessed by either hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) or microneutralization (MN) assays [ Time Frame: Measured after each vaccination ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Development of a significant increase in nasal secretion hemagglutinin (HA)-specific antibody assessed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) [ Time Frame: Measured until participants are discharged from the isolation unit ]
  • Development of greater than 200 influenza-specific interferon-gamma-secreting cells per million lymphocytes as assessed by enzyme-linked immuno spot assay (ELISPOT) on Day 28 after immunization [ Time Frame: Measured 28 days after vaccination ]
  • Detection of influenza-specific IgG or IgA secreting B cells on Day 7 following vaccination assessed by antibody secreting cells (ASC) assay [ Time Frame: Measured 7 days after vaccination ]

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: April 2011
Primary Completion Date: April 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: H2N3 MO 2003/AA ca Vaccine
Participants will receive a nasal spray administration of the H2N3 MO 2003/AA ca vaccine on Day 0 and Day 28.
Biological: H2N3 MO 2003/AA ca Vaccine
0.2 mL of H2N3 MO 2003/AA ca vaccine delivered by an Accuspray nasal spray device on Day 0 and Day 28

Detailed Description:

Animal influenza viruses, such as the H1N1 and H5N1 viruses, typically infect animals like birds or pigs, but these viruses can also infect humans. The recent outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus demonstrates that it is possible for these viruses to cause a pandemic outbreak in humans. Researchers are specifically interested in evaluating vaccines for H2 viruses, as these viruses caused a pandemic outbreak in humans in the late 1950s to 1960s. In addition, over half of the world's current population has no previous exposure to related viruses, which means a pandemic outbreak could pose a serious health risk as many people would have no immunity against the virus. In 2006, an outbreak of H2N3 infection occurred in pigs in the Midwest United States. While no humans contracted the virus during that outbreak, it remains a concern for researchers in the event that the virus ever spreads to humans. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of two doses of an experimental H2N3 vaccine, H2N3 MO 2006/AA ca in healthy adults. This is a live attenuated vaccine, which means that participants will be exposed to small amounts of the H2N3 vaccine virus and will need to remain isolated for at least 12 days when receiving the vaccine to prevent spreading the virus to others.

This study will enroll healthy adults. Participants will receive two doses of the vaccine, 4 weeks apart, and will stay in an isolation facility during both 12-day vaccination periods. Participants will be admitted to the isolation facility 2 days before they receive their first vaccination. They will receive one nasal spray administration of the vaccine and will be monitored for side effects. On various days while in the isolation facility, they will undergo a physical exam, blood and urine collection, and a nasal wash procedure. Participants will remain in the isolation facility for at least 9 days after receiving the vaccine and possibly longer, until the nasal wash tests negative for the vaccine virus for 2 consecutive days. Participants will be readmitted to the isolation facility 26 days after the first vaccination. They will receive a second vaccination and all study procedures will be repeated. Participants will attend study visits 56, 82, and 208 days after the first vaccination for follow-up health and safety monitoring, blood collection, and a nasal wash procedure.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 42 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • In general good health, without significant medical illness, physical examination findings, or significant laboratory abnormalities as determined by the investigator
  • Agree to storage of blood specimens for future research
  • Available for the duration of the trial
  • Willing to participate in the study as evidenced by signing the informed consent document
  • Female participants must agree to use effective birth control methods for the duration of the study. More information on this criterion can be found in the protocol.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Evidence of clinically significant neurologic, cardiac, pulmonary, hepatic, rheumatologic, autoimmune, or renal disease by history, physical examination, and/or laboratory studies including urine testing. Clinically significant alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels, as determined by the principal investigator (PI), will be exclusionary at baseline, prior to vaccination.
  • Behavioral or cognitive impairment or psychiatric disease that in the opinion of the investigator affects the ability of the participant to understand and cooperate with the study procedures
  • Previous enrollment in an H2 influenza vaccine trial or in any study of an avian influenza vaccine
  • Seropositive to the H2N3 influenza A virus (serum HAI titer greater than 1:8)
  • Positive urine drug toxicology test indicating narcotic use/dependency
  • Have medical, occupational, or family problems as a result of alcohol or illicit drug use during the 12 months prior to study entry
  • Other condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, would jeopardize the safety or rights of a person participating in the trial or would render the person unable to comply with the study procedures
  • History of anaphylaxis
  • Allergy to oseltamivir as determined by participant report
  • Current diagnosis of asthma or reactive airway disease (within the 2 years prior to study entry)
  • History of Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Positive ELISA and confirmatory Western blot tests for human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1)
  • Positive ELISA and confirmatory test (e.g., recombinant immunoblot assay) for hepatitis C virus (HCV)
  • Positive hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg) by ELISA
  • Known immunodeficiency syndrome
  • Use of corticosteroids (excluding topical preparations) or immunosuppressive drugs within 30 days prior to vaccination
  • Receipt of a live vaccine within 4 weeks or a killed vaccine within 2 weeks prior to study vaccination
  • History of a surgical splenectomy
  • Receipt of blood or blood-derived products (including immunoglobulin) within 6 months prior to study vaccination
  • Current smoker unwilling to stop smoking for the duration of the study. More information on this criterion can be found in the protocol.
  • Travel to the Southern Hemisphere within 14 days prior to study vaccination
  • Travel on a cruise ship within 14 days prior to study vaccination
  • Receipt of another investigational vaccine or drug within 30 days prior to study vaccination
  • Allergy to eggs or egg products
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01175122

United States, New York
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York, United States, 14642
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Principal Investigator: John Treanor, MD University of Rochester
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier: NCT01175122     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: URMC 10-004
Study First Received: August 3, 2010
Last Updated: February 8, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Influenza, Human
Virus Diseases
Orthomyxoviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Immunologic Factors
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