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Health & FitStrep Throat Vaccine in the Works, UCSD Researchers Say

22:30  03 september  2019
22:30  03 september  2019 Source:   nbcsandiego.com

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Scientists at the UC San Diego School of Medicine will work with a Northern California biopharmaceutical company to develop a universal vaccine to battle strep throat.

Strep Throat Vaccine in the Works, UCSD Researchers Say Models. (Photo By BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images)

There is no current vaccine for Group A Streptococcus (GAS), the bacteria that causes pharyngitis or strep throat.

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CARB-X, a funder of antibacterial development research, has awarded SutroVax, Inc. with up to $15 million to work on developing a vaccine. SutroVax, Inc. is located in Foster City south of San Francisco, California.

The vaccine will be based on research published 5 years ago by Victor Nizet, MD, professor of pediatrics and pharmacy at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Nina van Sorge, PharmD, PhD, a former post-doctoral fellow in Nizet's lab and now associate professor at Utrecht University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues, according to a written news release from UC San Diego.

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Their research identified genes encoding a molecule and shows how strep bacteria resists the immune system. The discovery led to a new strategy for a vaccine to prevent strep throat.

Strep throat is common amount children with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying up to 3 in 10 children with a sore throat have strep throat.

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Because strep throat can easily spread to other people, it impacts a child's ability to attend school.

“Developing a broadly effective and safe strep vaccine could prevent this suffering and reduce lost time and productivity at school and work, estimated to cost $2 billion annually,” Nizet said in 2014 when the research was made public.

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