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Vaccine strain against ASF tested by Russian scientists

Russian scientists at the Federal Research Center for Virology and Microbiology (FRCVM) tested a candidate vaccine strain against African swine fever (ASF) on commercial livestock. After being infected with the ASF virus, immunized animals developed a mild illness, Denis Kolbasov, director of the FRCVM, told Veterinary Medicine and Life. The Federal Center for Animal Health (FGBI ARRIAH of Rosselkhoznadzor), which is also currently involved in the development of a vaccine against ASF, outlined the challenges of the steps to follow, such as genome editing in the strains received, which impedes the development of the pharmaceutical.

Vaccine strain against ASF tested by Russian scientists
Photo by Alexander Plonsky /V&L

According to Denis Kolbasov, the candidate vaccine strain was tested on commercial livestock with the support of the National Union of Pig Breeders. “Pigs immunized with this strain when infected with the ASF virus circulating in Russia develop a mild illness and don’t die,” said the director of the center.

He also specified that the research has been carried out at the animal facilities of the center, which are limited in capacity. “The results received should be treated with great caution. We have repeatedly run these experiments. We can confirm the high degree of protection. All animals survived the infection,” Kolbasov explained.

Denis Kolbasov at V&L / Photo by Alexander Plonsky

For several years, researchers at FGBI ARRIAH have been working to develop a vaccine for African swine fever. “Receiving strains of the virus effective against challenge infection is considered a positive result. Such results were received in many laboratories, including ARRIAH. However, the difficulties of further genome editing and preservation of the most important properties (antigenicity, infectivity, immunogenicity, etc.) in the strains received prevent us from using them in vaccines,” Aleksey Igolkin, PhD veterinarian and head of the ASF reference laboratory at the FGBI ARRIAH, said in a comment.

According to him, research aimed at receiving stable and safe ASF virus strains is currently in progress at ARRIAH.

It is worth noting that to develop a vaccine for ASF, a consortium of Russian research institutions has been founded. The project is managed by the FRCVM.

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English version, 15 May 2023 21:36
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