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Development of an HIV vaccine presents a formidable challenge. One of the unresolved, yet central issues is the importance of HIV variability. Here we argue that even with the recent focus on the induction of T cell-mediated immunity, HIV vaccines should match the local circulating HIV clades. Whether used alone or in a combination with vaccines eliciting HIV-neutralizing antibodies, efforts must be made to develop a T cell vaccine that stimulates a broad and long-lasting response.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Vaccine

Publication Date

06/05/2002

Volume

20

Pages

1918 - 1921

Keywords

AIDS Vaccines, Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Antigen Presentation, Antigenic Variation, Clinical Trials, Phase I as Topic, Epitopes, HIV, HIV Antibodies, HIV Antigens, HIV Infections, HLA Antigens, Humans, Immunity, Cellular, Immunologic Memory, Interleukin-2, Kenya, Macaca, Mice, Neutralization Tests, Structure-Activity Relationship, T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic, Vaccines, DNA, Vaccines, Synthetic