Attenuated negative strand viruses with altered interferon antagonist activity for use as vaccines and pharmaceuticals

Patent Number: 9387240

Patent Date: 2016-07-12

Patent type: utility

The present invention relates, in general, to attenuated negative-strand RNA viruses having an impaired ability to antagonize the cellular interferon (IFN) response, and the use of such attenuated viruses in vaccine and pharmaceutical formulations. The invention also relates to the development and use of IFN-deficient systems for selection of such attenuated viruses. In particular, the invention relates to attenuated influenza viruses having modifications to the NS1 gene that diminish or eliminate the ability of the NS1 gene product to antagonize the cellular IFN response. The mutant viruses replicate in vivo but demonstrate reduced pathogenicity, and therefore are well suited for live virus vaccines, and pharmaceutical formulations.


First Name Last Name City State Country
Peter M. Palese - - -
Thomas Muster - - -
Adolfo Garcia-Sastre - - -


Section Class Sub Class Group Sub Group
A 61 K 39 145
A 61 K 39 12
C 07 K 14 005
C 12 N 7 00
C 12 N 15 86
A 61 K 39 00


Organization First Name Last Name City State Country
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - - - - -