The live attenuated dengue serotype 1 vaccine rDEN1Δ30 is safe and highly immunogenic in healthy adult volunteers

Anna P. Durbin, Julie McArthur, Jennifer A. Marron, Joseph E. Blaney, Bhavin Thumar, Kim Wanionek, Brian R. Murphy, Stephen S. Whitehead

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Background: The live attenuated DEN1 vaccine candidate virus rDEN1Δ30 has been evaluated in preclinical animal models and found to be attenuated and immunogenic. These promising preclinical studies have identified rDEN1Δ30 as a candidate DEN1 vaccine virus for further testing in a human Phase I clinical trial. Methods: rDEN1Δ30 at a dose of 103 pfu was administered as a single inoculation to twenty healthy adult volunteers. Eight additional volunteers received placebo. Volunteers were monitored closely for adverse events and serum was collected on study days 0, 28, 42 and 180 for determination of neutralizing antibody titer. Results: The vaccine was well tolerated by the vaccinees. The most common adverse events observed were a transient asymptomatic rash in 40% of vaccinees and a mild neutropenia in 45% of vaccinees. No vaccinee developed a dengue-like illness. The vaccine was highly infectious and immunogenic with 95% of vaccinees developing a ≥4-fold rise in serum neutralizing antibody titer against DEN1 that persisted throughout the six month duration of the trial. Conclusions: The rDEN1AΔ30 vaccine is safe and induced a potent and durable antibody response against DEN1. It is a promising vaccine candidate for inclusion in a tetravalent dengue vaccine formulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-173
Number of pages7
JournalHuman vaccines
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006


  • Live attenuated dengue serotype 1 vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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