The Japanese encephalitis (JE) live-attenuated vaccine virus clone SA14-14-2 was adapted to grow in primary canine kidney (PCK) cell culture, and vaccine seeds and a first lot of vaccine were prepared in these cells. Characterization of the PCK-grown virus by various laboratory and animal tests indicated that passage in PCK did not result in detectable phenotypic or genome changes for this virus clone. Markers of attenuation included small plaque size, lack of intracerebral virulence for weanling mice, minimal neurovirulence for rhesus monkeys and a distinct nucleotide pattern compared to the parent SA14 non-attenuated virus. In addition, the seeds and vaccine were free of any detectable adventitious microbial agents that would render these materials unsafe for human immunization. Small-scale clinical trials of the JE SA14-14-2 PCK vaccine can now proceed to test the human safety of this product.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases