Prospects on Repurposing a Live Attenuated Vaccine for the Control of Unrelated Infections

Sang Uk Seo, Baik Lin Seong

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Live vaccines use attenuated microbes to acquire immunity against pathogens in a safe way. As live attenuated vaccines (LAVs) still maintain infectivity, the vaccination stimulates diverse immune responses by mimicking natural infection. Induction of pathogen-specific antibodies or cell-mediated cytotoxicity provides means of specific protection, but LAV can also elicit unintended off-target effects, termed non-specific effects. Such mechanisms as short-lived genetic interference and non-specific innate immune response or long-lasting trained immunity and heterologous immunity allow LAVs to develop resistance to subsequent microbial infections. Based on their safety and potential for interference, LAVs may be considered as an alternative for immediate mitigation and control of unexpected pandemic outbreaks before pathogen-specific therapeutic and prophylactic measures are deployed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number877845
JournalFrontiers in Immunology
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May 16

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the Ministry of Health & Welfare (HV20C0070), and the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science & ICT (2021M3E5E3080927).

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Copyright © 2022 Seo and Seong.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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