Allergy vaccines: dreams and reality
Author: Crameri, Reto
Source: Expert Review of Vaccines, 1 December 2007, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 991-999(9)
Abstract:Allergy, extrinsic asthma and atopic eczema derive from deregulated immune responses against innocuous antigens. The incidence of atopic diseases is actually affecting approximately 30% of the population in industrialized countries. Although much progress has been achieved in the development of efficient symptomatic treatments for allergic diseases, the only curative treatment remains allergen-specific immunotherapy. In contrast to classical vaccines, which elicit strong host immune responses after one or a few injections, allergen-specific immunotherapy might require a long treatment time of 3–5 years with up to 80 injections to confer some protection. The reality is that ‘allergy vaccines’ achieve beneficial effects through immunomodulation, which takes a long time to establish. The dream would be to develop highly efficient allergy vaccines able to cure the disease with a few injections.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2007