Synthetic Peptides from a Hypothetical Receptor Binding Site: A Possible Approach to a Rhinovirus Vaccine?

  • Gudrun Werner
  • Joseph W. McCray
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Rhinoviruses are well established as the major causative agent of the common cold (Couch, 1984; Gwaltney, 1982). Since there are many methodological difficulties with diagnosis, estimates for the proportion of rhinoviruses among other virus families causing colds vary between 10 and more than 50% (Phillpotts and Tyrell, 1985). Although usually harmless in healthy children and adults, rhinovirus colds can induce severe complications in patients with chronic respiratory states like asthma or chronic bronchitis (Gregg, 1983). Rhinovirus has also been isolated from immunosuppressed infants with lower respiratory tract infections normally not caused by these viruses (Krilov et al. 1986). The economic burden of the common cold is enormous. According to a national health survey the common cold accounts for about 20% of all disabling conditions leading to roughly 30 million lost days of work per year in the United States alone (Couch, 1984). In contrast to the relative significance of the medical problem scientific efforts towards methods for control have been limited. There has been much optimism about antiviral drugs for prophylactic or therapeutic treatment of the disease. However, of the synthetic antirhinovirus compounds found to be active in vitro none proved effective in experimental or naturally occurring rhinovirus infections (Al-Nakib and Tyrell, 1987).


Synthetic Peptide Human Rhinovirus Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus Intranasal Immunization Antipeptide Antibody 
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  • Gudrun Werner
    • 1
  • Joseph W. McCray
    • 1
  1. 1.Sandoz-Forschungsinstitut GmbHViennaAustria

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