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Silver Spring, Maryland 20910


The purpose of this study is to determine whether a vaccine based on outer membrane vesicles (NOMV) from genetically detoxified group B meningococcus is safe and effective for use as a vaccine. If so, the NOMV in this vaccine will be combined with NOMV from two other genetically modified strains as a potentially globally effective vaccine against group B meningococcus.

Study summary:

This was a Phase 1, outpatient, open-label, dose-escalating study to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of 4 doses of the Group B Meningococcal HOPS-G 8570 NOMV vaccine in healthy subjects. Subjects were screened by medical history; physical exam; complete blood count; serum chemistry profile; coagulation studies including prothrombin time (PT), partial thromboplastin time (PTT), and fibrinogen; human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test, anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibodies, and hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) test results; nasopharyngeal swabs for carriage of meningococci; bactericidal antibody titer to meningococci; and urinalysis; and urine pregnancy test results for females. The first 36 subjects to meet all inclusion criteria and none of the exclusion criteria were assigned to 1 of 4 dosage groups of 9 subjects each. After screening, there was a 10 to 60 day lead-in time (depending on when screening occurred) prior to vaccination during which subjects could not take or receive any experimental products. Also prior to vaccination, adverse events were recorded to establish a baseline with which to compare adverse events occurring after vaccination. Subjects kept a diary for 7 days before the first dose and for 1 day before each of the second and third doses. Immediately before each vaccination, vital signs were checked, an abbreviated physical examination was performed, each subject's throat was swabbed to assess carriage of meningococcal bacteria, and blood was drawn for immunology and safety labs. Urine was collected for analysis and females took a urine pregnancy test. The pregnancy test results had to be negative in order for a subject to be vaccinated. The vaccine with adjuvant was given intramuscularly at 0, 6, and 12 weeks (Study Days 0, 42, and 84) in doses of 10 μg, 25 μg, 50 μg, or 75 μg based on protein concentration. Vaccinations were performed in a staggered fashion with safety monitoring between groups. The 10-μg dose group was divided into 2 subgroups. Subjects in the first subgroup were vaccinated 30 minutes apart to observe subjects for the occurrence of acute side effects, and subjects in the second subgroup were vaccinated 1 week after the first. The subjects in each group were monitored for AE for at least 2 weeks prior to vaccinating the next higher dosage group. Subjects were kept in the Clinical Trials Center for 30 minutes after each vaccination for observation, and they were asked to keep a diary of symptoms for 7 days after each vaccination. AEs and SAEs were recorded at all study visits, and each AE or SAE was assessed for severity and relationship to the vaccine by the investigator.


Inclusion Criteria: - Healthy (by physical examination and medical history) military or civilian males or females; - Age 18-45 years; - Able to give informed consent, understands risks and benefits of study, assents to use of blood samples for future research; understands and is willing to comply with all protocol procedures and time commitments; - Females must have a negative urine pregnancy test on vaccination day before each dose AND agree to practice an effective birth control method as necessary, for 6 months after the first vaccination; - Military service-members who wish to participate must obtain written permission from their immediate supervisor, department chief or equivalent, and company commander or equivalent. Exclusion Criteria: - Current or history of significant organ/system disease; - History of allergy to any vaccine; - History of allergy to aluminum hydroxide; - Presence of significant unexplained laboratory abnormality that in the opinion of the PI may potentially confound the analysis of the study results; - HIV seropositive or any other immunosuppressive state; - Positive test for HBsAg or hepatitis C antibody; - Evidence or admission of on-going drug or alcohol abuse/dependence; - Intention to leave the area during the study such that the volunteer would miss 1 or more study days; - Prior receipt of any group B meningococcal outer membrane protein (OMP) vaccine or a vaccine containing meningococcal OMP; - Has received or plans to receive any live vaccine, Investigational New Drug (IND) products or significant immunosuppressive therapy* in the 28 days prior to, or any inactivated vaccine within 14 days before initial vaccination or throughout the study, or received parenteral immunoglobulin or blood products within 3 months of study initiation; - (Intra-articular, topical, or intranasal steroids, steroids applied to the eye, or ≤ 7 days of oral steroids are in general acceptable, depending on the formulation and condition for which they are prescribed. Inclusion of individuals receiving these medications will be made by the PI on a case by case basis) - High levels of baseline bactericidal antibodies against the vaccine strain on screening (>1:16) and/or throat carriage of Neisseria meningitidis at time of screening; - Positive urine pregnancy test prior to vaccination; - Lactation from first dose through 3 months after last dose; - Any condition in the opinion of the investigator that might interfere with the study vaccine.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Paul B Keiser, M.D.
WRAIR, Division of Bacterial and Rickettsial Diseases

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Location Contact:

Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
United States

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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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