Safety and Immunogenicity of a Plasmid HIV Vaccine in HIV Uninfected Adults (C001)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 7, 2005
Last Update Posted : February 11, 2013
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
University of Rochester
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

November 3, 2005
November 7, 2005
February 11, 2013
December 2003
October 2005   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Safety of ADVAX [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
dose escalation study
Local reactogenicity signs and symptoms; systemic reactogenicity signs and symptoms; laboratory measures of safety; adverse and serious adverse experiences.
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Immunogenicity of ADVAX [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
Proportion of volunteers who have HIV-1 specific T-cell responses quantified by cytokine flow cytometry (CFC) and ELISPOT; proportion of volunteers who have HIV-1 specific binding and neutralizing antibodies.
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Safety and Immunogenicity of a Plasmid HIV Vaccine in HIV Uninfected Adults
Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Dose-Escalating, Double-Blinded Phase 1 Safety and Immunogenicity Study of Clade C DNA Vaccine ADVAX e/g + ADVAX p/N-t (ADVAX) Administered Intramuscularly to HIV-Uninfected, Healthy Volunteers.
The purpose of this study is to determine the safety and immune response to a investigational DNA Plasmid HIV vaccine, ADVAX e/g + ADVAX p/n-t (ADVAX), at three different dosage levels, in adults who are not infected with HIV.

This is a dose escalation trial. Study site staff and volunteers will be blinded, blinding will not apply to the assignment of dose levels (low, middle or high).

Volunteers will be screened up to 42 days before vaccination and will be followed for 18 months after the first vaccination.

15 volunteers will be randomized in a 4:1 ratio of active vaccine to placebo. Safety and tolerability of the ADVAX e/g + ADVAX p/n-t investigational product will be evaluated at least 14 days after the tenth volunteer in the lower dosage group receives the second injection before proceeding to the nextdosage group.

Phase 1
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
HIV Infection
Biological: ADVAX
Other Name: DNA HIV vaccine
  • Experimental: HIV vaccine
    dosage escalation of ADVAX
    Intervention: Biological: ADVAX
  • Placebo Comparator: Placebo
    Sodium phosphate
    Intervention: Biological: ADVAX
Vasan S, Schlesinger SJ, Huang Y, Hurley A, Lombardo A, Chen Z, Than S, Adesanya P, Bunce C, Boaz M, Boyle R, Sayeed E, Clark L, Dugin D, Schmidt C, Song Y, Seamons L, Dally L, Ho M, Smith C, Markowitz M, Cox J, Gill DK, Gilmour J, Keefer MC, Fast P, Ho DD. Phase 1 safety and immunogenicity evaluation of ADVAX, a multigenic, DNA-based clade C/B' HIV-1 candidate vaccine. PLoS One. 2010 Jan 25;5(1):e8617. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008617.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Same as current
October 2005
October 2005   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy, adult males and females;
  • Age at least 18 years on the day of screening and no greater than 60 years on the day of the first vaccination;
  • Available for follow up for the planned duration of the study (screening plus 18 months);
  • In the opinion of the principal investigator or designee, has understood the information provided. Written informed consent needs to be given before any study-related procedures are performed;
  • Willing to undergo HIV testing and counseling, and receive HIV test results;
  • If sexually active female, using an effective method of contraception from screening until at least 4 months after last vaccination, and willing to undergo urine pregnancy test.
  • If sexually active male, willing to use an effective method of contraception from screening until 4 months after the last vaccination.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Clinically relevant abnormality on history or examination including history of immunodeficiency or use of systemic corticosteroids, immunosuppressive, antiviral, anticancer, or other medications considered significant by the designated trial physician in last 6 months;
  • Any acute or chronic medical condition requiring care of a physician (e.g.,, diabetes, coronary artery disease, rheumatologic illness, malignancy, substance abuse) that, in the opinion of the investigator, would preclude participation;
  • Any of the following abnormal laboratory parameters that are moderate, severe, or very severe: haematology (hemoglobin, absolute neutrophil count, absolute lymphocyte count, absolute CD4/CD8 count, platelets); urinalysis, biochemistries (total bilirubin, creatinine, AST, ALT). Volunteers with mild laboratory abnormalities that are judged by the principal investigator or designee to be not clinically significant may be enrolled.
  • Reported high- risk behaviour for HIV infection, defined as:
  • Had unprotected vaginal or anal sex with a known HIV infected person or a casual partner (i.e., no continuing established relationship) within 6 months before vaccination
  • Engaged in sex work for money or drugs within 6 months before vaccination
  • Used injection drugs (illicit), or Acquired an STD within 6 months before vaccination ;
  • If female, pregnant or planning a pregnancy within 4 months after last vaccination or lactating;
  • Receipt of blood transfusion or blood products 6 months prior to vaccination;
  • Receipt of a live attenuated vaccine (other than influenza) within 30 days or other vaccine within 14 days of vaccination;
  • Participation in another clinical trial of an investigational product currently or within past 12 weeks or expected participation during this study;
  • Receipt of another experimental HIV vaccine at any time;
  • Infected with HIV-1 or HIV-2 as indicated by ELISA and/or RT-PCR;
  • History of severe local or systemic reaction to vaccination or history of severe allergic reactions;
  • Confirmed diagnosis of hepatitis B (surface antigen, HbsAg); hepatitis C (HCV antibodies) or active syphillis;
  • History of grand-mal epilepsy, or currently taking anti-epileptics;
  • In the opinion of the investigator, unlikely to comply with protocol.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
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United States
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International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
  • Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
  • University of Rochester
Principal Investigator: David Ho, MD ADARC
Principal Investigator: Michael Keefer, MD University of Rochester
Study Director: Soe Than, MD International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
September 2011

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