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Site-specific peptide vaccines for immunotherapy and immunization against chronic diseases, cancer, infectious diseases, and for veterinary applications

Abstract

United Biomedical, Inc. (UBI) has developed a set of core technologies for the discovery and production of synthetic peptide-based immunotherapeutics and vaccines. These core technologies have led to products that stimulate functional site-directed antibody responses for therapeutic effects. UBI active immunotherapies can be used to modulate physiological processes effective for the control of cell entry by HIV virions, for control of prostate cancer and allergy, and for immunocastration in livestock leading to boar taint elimination and growth promotion in swine. The UBI technologies are also useful to stimulate site-directed antibodies against pathogenic agents such as foot-and-mouth disease virus. UBITh Immunotherapeutic peptides were developed as antigens to direct antibody responses against targeted epitopes on self-proteins and viral pathogens that are responsible for biological functions and pathogenicity. A collection of promiscuous UBITh T helper cell epitopes was used to impart these functionally antigenic peptides with immunogenicity. The T cell helper epitopes were covalently linked to the functional antigenic target sites by peptide synthesis, creating well-defined synthetic immunogens. Finally, vaccine formulations were selected appropriate for the delivery of peptide immunogens. Controlled production processes and the means to characterize the final product provide a framework for the GMP-compliant manufacture of UBITh immunotherapeutics and vaccines.