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Vaccine 21 (2003) 3240–3248

Foot-and-mouth disease vaccine potency testing: determination and statistical validation of a model using a serological approach
Paul V. Barnett a,∗ , Robert J. Statham a , Wilna Vosloo b , Daniel T. Haydon c
b a Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright Laboratory, Ash Road, Pirbright, Woking, Surrey GU24 0NF, UK ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Exotic Diseases Division, Private Bag X5, Onderstepoort 0110, South Africa c Department of Zoology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ont., Canada N1G 2W1

Received 7 October 2002; received in revised form 13 February 2003; accepted 11 March 2003

Abstract European foot-and-mouth disease vaccine manufacturers are required to quantify the efficacy of their product in accordance with the European Pharmacopoeia (EP). The method used most often to establish the potency of foot-and-mouth disease vaccines requires viral challenge of vaccinated cattle. Alternative approaches, such as challenge-free serological assessments have many advantages over existing methods and could be used if robust statistical models could be developed that related antibody titres to protection from challenge. Logistic regression analysis of data from two independent research laboratories, representing six of the seven main serotypes of FMD, permitted the parameterisation of these models and indicated that a significant relationship existed between antibody titre and probability of protection. Furthermore, no significant differences were observed in the parameters of logistic models fitted to different strains within the serotypes A, O, and SAT-3, or when strains from serotypes A, O, and Asia-1, or SAT-1 and SAT-3, were combined. However, significant differences in the model parameters did exist between different laboratories. Using these models a bootstrap analysis suggested that for vaccines that induced consistently high titres, as few as six to eight individual animals could be used to establish with confidence the minimum protective doses that would protect 50% of vaccinated animals. We conclude that a serologically evaluated truncated test that eliminates the need to virus challenge cattle is a credible alternative for quantifying vaccine potency. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Foot-and-mouth disease; Vaccine; Potency; Challenge test; Logistic regression; Antibody titre

1. Introduction Inactivated foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is used in vaccine preparations to control foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), one of the most economically important diseases affecting livestock. These vaccines are used in many parts of the world, particularly where the disease is endemic, including South America, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. In disease free countries, concentrated inactivated FMD virus antigens are also kept in strategic reserves, so-called antigen banks, which can be rapidly formulated into vaccine during an emergency should an outbreak require additional control measures. In order to assess the quality of the vaccine, all FMD vaccine producers are obliged to instigate a series of tests to establish the safety and efficacy of their product. These tests include a measurement of potency which in accordance
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with the European Pharmacopoiea (EP) requires that vaccine batches be tested in groups of at least five cattle inoculated with reduced dose volumes of vaccine so that potency can be expressed in terms of 50% protective doses [1] (PD50 , defined as the factor by which the concentrate may be diluted such that 50% of vaccinated animals are protected). This method has practical and logistical problems, and disadvantages from the perspective of animal welfare. For example, in any extinction point test, approximately 50% of the animals that are not protected will suffer the painful clinical manifestations of the disease and even some protected animals may show primary lesions at the site of challenge. Also, only one valency can be tested in any given trial. Clinically infected animals represent a disease security hazard requiring expensive high security housing. Finally, given the financial commitment of purchasing these animals and maintaining them during the trial period the smallest permitted group sizes are often used leading to lack of statistical power and imprecision [2]. However, the European Pharmacopoiea has supported the use of alternative testing methods provided a correlation

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the covariance between the estimated slope and intercept.V. it must be standardised and include standard reference reagents and parameterised using substantial data sets from which the models relating titre to protection can be reliably established. • quantify any variation in this relationship between laboratories or as a result of the use of different vaccine strains or serotypes. Pay and Hingley [2] and Ahl et al. Two methods have primarily been used to calculate the degree of protection in a group of vaccinated animals. At the Pirbright Laboratory these tests were performed to either substantiate that a given antigen could be formulated into a ‘high’ potency (≥10 PD50 ) vaccine for acceptance into the International FMD Vaccine Bank [13]. The data is summarised in Table 1 and Fig.P. log antibody titre from the VNT. Serologically-based methods have certain advantages. In this paper. 1. Barnett et al.)). involving just a single vaccine dilution group. and SAT-3). there are strong arguments for replacing the challenge test by in vitro serological assays. the virus neutralising antibody response and the level of induced protection [9]. When no significant differences between strains or serotypes were revealed the data were combined and parameters for a single model estimated. or to show stability of the antigen during ultra-low temperature storage. / Vaccine 21 (2003) 3240–3248 3241 can be established between them and the challenge test.000 ID50 into the tongue. by using a truncated version of that specified in the OIE manual [14]. and between laboratories on the relationship between log antibody titre and protection. Certainly. SAT-1. . The significance of all two-way interactions was examined and those revealed to be insignificant at the 5% level were omitted from subsequent analysis. the metabolic inhibition test. normally 8–10 days. Animals were observed closely for the subsequent reading period. Methods 2. serotype. Analysis The data for each vaccinated animal thus constitutes: laboratory. These have included the virus neutralisation test. They allow several FMD vaccines to be tested simultaneously and/or a number of serotypes to be examined in a single polyvalent vaccine and can significantly improve the accuracy of the result. The test system must be consistent and reproducible. 2. and the neutralising antibody titre (log 10 SN50 /100 TCID50 ) to the vaccine virus strains estimated from serum samples taken at 21 days post-vaccination using the virus neutralisation test (VNT). Animals were vaccinated (except control individuals) with various dilutions of vaccine of varying valency. strain.2. A correlation was also established between the antigen dose in the vaccine. based at Pirbright in the United Kingdom and the ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute in South Africa. Data The data comprised the results of vaccine potency trials conducted in the two laboratories (Pirbright and Onderstepoort) on six different serotypes (O. the objective of this analysis was to: • determine the relationship between virus neutralising titre and protection. we have accrued data from two laboratories: The Institute for Animal Health. For this reason many research workers developed and evaluated a variety of serological tests and assessed the correlation of the results with protection. [10] used mean serum antibody titres to calculate a PD50 or a percentage protection. the 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) on T50 as determined using Fiellers theorem [15] and T95 (defined as the titre at which animals are protected with probability 95%). Similarly. Asia-1.1. in which cattle challenge tests and serology have been performed to establish the potency of many different batches of FMD vaccine. Bengelsdorff [11] and van Maanen and Terpstra [12] used a second method in which an individual titre or index was assigned to protection and non-protection and the assessment of a group was calculated from the ‘passed’ and ‘not-passed’ individuals. plaque reduction test. and protected or unprotected status. not least the relatively insignificant discomfort caused to the animals as a result of vaccination and subsequent blood sampling. Although some disadvantages have been noted with these tests. and characterised by their intercepts and slopes (with accompanying standard errors (S. Stellman [7] developed this approach further by showing how such antibody titres could be used to statistically assess vaccine and Pay and Parker [8] described a method for relating log virus neutralisation titres of cattle sera to the potency of a vaccine in ‘antigen PD50 ’ units. A. and the occurrence of generalised lesions on any one or more feet taken as evidence that the animal was not protected by the vaccination. Encompassing six different serotypes. Logistic regression implemented within MINITAB was used to determine the significance of differences between strains within serotypes. • provide a model that could be used to calculate the probability that vaccines achieve potency levels at or in excess of a pre-specified requirement. it is generally accepted by FMD research workers that there is an excellent correlation between the virus neutralisation antibody titres of primo-vaccinated cattle and their protection from virus challenge at 21 days post-vaccination [3–6]. At this time animals were challenged with homologous virus to the vaccine strain by intradermal inoculation of 10. the laboratory at Onderstepoort performed cattle challenge tests to ensure that their vaccines had potency values of ≥8 PD50 . T50 (defined as the titre at which animals are protected with probability 50%). SAT-2. any form of test would have to meet certain general criteria.E. Appropriate minimal models were determined. mouse protection test and different forms of the enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). however. 2.

V.065 4. The test is conservative because the variance of a mixed binomial process (in which each ‘trial’ succeeds or fails with a different probability) is n i=1 νi (1 − νi ). If n cattle in a potency trial are vaccinated with vaccine diluted X-fold and the hypothesis that ν ¯ ≤ 0.44 (40) 2.68 (55) 1. .200 −4.34 (32) 2.067 2.760 −5. We can.008 0.714 1. t3 .150 1. Barnett et al.141 1.988 1.326 1.123 −6. ν ¯ .469 1.79 (10) 1. of animals protected (%) 37 (80) 31 (86) 19 (73) 53 (52) 32 (88) 22 (85) 49 (64) 7 (58) 44 (57) 1 (14) 2 (14) 22 (67) Average neutralising Ab titre of vaccinated animals 2.29 (24) 1. The 95% confidence regions (95% CR) for adopted models were also determined using methods described in Sokal and Rolf [16].780 4.18 12.581 −0. a1 Covariance (a0 .116 0.020 −0.726 9.450 1.96 1.540 1.79 (55) 1.673 5.482 4. O: Onderstepoort) Serotype Asia-1 O A Challenge strains P: India P: Manisa P: Lausanne P: Cruzeiro P: Thailand P: Iraq O: Sar/9/81 O: Bot/1/77 O: Zim/7/83 O: KNP/19/89 O: Bec/1/65 O: KNP/10/90 No.252 2. is given by: ν ¯ = 1/n n i=1 νi .409 1.920 −8.72 (5) 0.5.5 then it can be concluded that the PD50 of the vaccine is greater than X.560 1.594 1. The expected proportion of protected cattle. The expected probability of protection (νi ) for an individual animal with titre ti is given by: νi = exp(a0 + a1 ti ) 1 + exp(a0 + a1 ti ) (1) where a0 and a1 are the intercept and slope of the associated logistic regression model relating protection to titre. . tn .965 1.967 2. with log titres t1 .258 Insufficient data 0.307 1. / Vaccine 21 (2003) 3240–3248 Table 1 Summary of the data (P: Pirbright.728 1.843 2. of animals challenged 46 36 26 102 36 26 77 12 77 7 14 33 No.860 −0.517 1.30 1.160 1. An estimate of whether or not this differs significantly from 50% of the group can be approximated n n/2 by inspecting the quantity p = i=0 ν ¯ i (1 − ν ¯ )(n−i) i which constitutes a (one-tailed) test of the hypothesis that ν ¯ ≤ 0.18 1.773 5.310 4.02 1. in a group comprising n individuals.243 0.820 −1. which is always greater than the variance for a homogenous process with the same mean (in which each ‘trial’ succeeds or fails with the same probability)—which is nν ¯ (1 − ν ¯ ) [17].67 (92) 2.996 2.855 1.3242 P.36 (24) 1.805 −0. Thus.417 1.14 3.567 1.5 is rejected in favour of the hypothesis that ν ¯ > 0. use a bootstrap analysis to investigate the relationship between the number of animals in such challenge-free trials.002 −5. Virus/lab Vaccine/challenge strain n a0 S.164 1.E.091 1.977 1.889 −10.780 −6.581 1.840 0.66 (10) 1.086 2. and use the model combined over all strains for that serotype reported in Table 2 to calculate the mean and variance of the expected number of animals Table 2 Parameters corresponding to logistic regression models fitted to subsets of the data in which no significant heterogeneity could be detected at the 5% level Model no.157 4.803 4.339 1. in principle. and the probability that significantly more than half the animals in such trials would be protected.43 5.554 1.287 −1.118 .668 −13. assuming the process to be homogenous when it is in fact mixed should lead to an overestimate of p.912 1.957 4.000 −6. .932 1. t2 .162 Insufficient data 0.70 (25) SAT-1 SAT-2 SAT-3 The number of animals challenged includes control unvaccinated animals.054 8.377 1.486 0.31 0.25 (32) 2. a0 a1 S.923 1.807 −6.934 0.41 1. a1 ) T50 T50 (95% CI) T95 Onderstepoort 1 SAT-1 2 SAT-1 3 SAT-1 4 SAT-2 5 SAT-2 6 SAT-2 7 SAT-3 Pirbright 8 9 10 11 A O Asia-1 All 3 combined Sar/9/81 Bot/1/77 Sar/9/81 + Bot/1/77 Zim/7/83 KNP/19/89 Zim/7/83 + KNP/19/89 Bec/1/65 + KNP/10/90 Cruzeiro + Thailand + Iraq Manisa + Lausanne India Cruzeiro + Thailand + Iraq + Manisa + Lausanne + India 77 12 89 77 7 84 47 164 62 46 272 −5.740 1.634 0.858 1.749 1. We can randomly assign all vaccinated individuals in a trial of n animals a titre from the set of observed titres for that serotype.658 −1.155 −15.190 −102.744 1.E.

1.1. and the P-value indicative of whether significantly more than half the animals were protected. allows us to compute the probability that significantly more than half the animals in a trial would be protected as a function of the number of animals in the trial. Histograms showing the frequency distribution of titres induced by vaccines of different FMD serotypes.P. protected. The relationship between virus neutralising titre and protection No significant interactions between neutralising antibody titre and serotype. Repeating this process 500 times each for a range of different possible sizes of trials.V. Results 3. / Vaccine 21 (2003) 3240–3248 3243 Fig. 3. Barnett et al. or antibody titre and strain were .

and 1. 2. A.05): a significant relationship existed between titre and probability of protection against Sar/9/81 (P < 0. Determining the probability that a particular test vaccine has a specified/required PD50 Suppose that a vaccine concentrate of serotype Asia-1 from Pirbright was diluted X-fold and used to vaccinate eight test animals. Analysis of all three serotypes combined also revealed no significant differences in intercepts between serotypes. O. 3. Therefore.843. SAT-2.252. In addition. 2.067. 3a and b). / Vaccine 21 (2003) 3240–3248 detected in any of the analyses described below. 3. and (KNP/10/90 + Bec/1/65) representing the three SAT strains are compared. Barnett et al. Institute for Animal Health. Analysis indicated a highly significant effect of laboratory on the relationship between titre and protection. Pirbright Significant relationships existed between antibody titre and probability of protection for all strains for which data were available for serotypes Asia-1. 3. When strains Sar/9/81.3244 P. ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute Of the two strains of SAT-1 examined.001) but insufficient data existed to establish such a relationship for the other SAT-2 strain. the confidence regions in parameter space which encapsulate the ‘true’ parameters governing the relationship between titre and protection with 95% probability. respectively (for models with strains combined within serotypes). The parameter estimates. . Zim/7/83. are angled ellipses (see Fig. An observation previously reported using independent data from tests involving other O. namely.001) but not against Bot/1/77 (presumably a consequence of the small number of potency results available for this strain). Manisa and Lausanne. significant differences in model intercept were established between Sar/9/81 and Bot/1/77 (P < 0. no significant differences were revealed in the intercepts of logistic models fitted to the three strains of the A serotype. O. At 21 days post-vaccination. T95 values for serotypes A. A22 Iraq and A24 Cruzeiro. This means that uncertainty in the estimated value of the intercept is negatively correlated with uncertainty in the estimate of the slope. KNP/19/89. The estimates of slope and intercept for the logistic regressions exhibit negative covariance (see Table 2).3. a significant relationship between titre and protection existed for the SAT-2 strain Zim/7/83 (P < 0.001). 2.2.086. A15 Thailand. the Zim/7/83 was found to be modelled by a lower intercept to the SAT-1 and SAT-3 strains (which were not distinguishable) indicating that this SAT-2 strain requires a higher titre to achieve the same level of protection compared to Sar/9/81. and 2. these animals were Fig. No significant differences between titre and protection could be established for the SAT-3 strains Bec/1/65 and KNP/10/90 so these were combined and a significant relationship between titre and protection was apparent (P < 0. KNP/10/90 and Bec/1/65. and SAT-3 vaccines which were 1.4.141. Similarly.858. The best fitting models to four different subsets of the data. we therefore proceeded to analyse results from the different laboratories separately.V. The probabilities of protection with different titres of antibody for different subsets of the data sets that are statistically indistinguishable are indicated in Fig. of the O strain. and C vaccine strains [18]. or the two strains. and Asia-1 vaccines were 2. This is reflected in the T95 values for SAT-1. respectively (once again for models with strains combined within serotypes). covariances and T50 and T95 values are summarised in Table 2. with standard errors. 2. and A.

65. diluted Y-fold.0046. Using these titres and the estimated model (number 3) for the combined SAT-1 results from this laboratory from Table 2. and 10 (see Table 2). were: 2. / Vaccine 21 (2003) 3240–3248 3245 Fig. 2. 2. ti . 1. 3. 2.25. . Barnett et al. we would estimate that the expected proportion of animals protected would be ν ¯ = (1/10) 10 i=1 (exp(a0 + a1 ti ))/(1 + exp(a0 + a1 ti )) = 0. 1.10.30.15. 2. 2. The confidence regions are for models 3. but from these results we anticipate that over 90% would be protected.15. As a second example suppose that 10 test animals had been vaccinated with a SAT-1 vaccine from Onderstepoort. and log antibody titre determined. n n/2 The quantity i=0 ν ¯ i (1 − ν ¯ )(n−i) yields a P-value of i 0.60. 2.P.5%) of these animals with these titres were protected from challenge). 1. The angle in the orientation of these ellipses arises from the negative covariance between estimates of slope and intercepts reported in Table 2. 6. Suppose the 21-day log titres were: 1.90260 (in reality seven of eight (87. 1.70. 9.80.50.40. 2. and 7 and 8.V. we would estimate that the expected proportion of animals protected would be ν ¯ = (1/8) 8 i=1 (exp(a0 + a1 ti ))/(1 + exp(a0 + a1 ti )) = 0. Using these titres and the estimated model (a0 and a1 — model number 10) this laboratory from Table 2. 1. and 1. The confidence regions for the models fitted to the data from vaccine potency trials for serotypes from the two laboratories. bled. so the probability that the PD50 really is X or less is in this case very small and we could be 99.70.54% confident that the PD50 of the stored vaccine concentrate was greater than X.40.90.85. Suppose the eight log titres. If the PD50 of the test vaccine was X then we would expect 50% of the animals to be protected.85.10. and 1.882 (in reality 7 of the 10 (70%) animals with these titres were protected from challenge). 3.15. 3.

which makes the test very costly and involves the examination of virus challenged animals to establish the protective ability of the vaccines. even using as many as 18 animals would not necessarily indicate 50% protection with any degree of confidence. so the probability that the PD50 really is Y or less is in this case n n/2 ν ¯ i (1 − ν ¯ )(n−i) = 0. or because different relationships hold for the different serotypes studied in each of the different laboratories cannot be determined from the data available. previous studies have also documented differences in the test results between different laboratories [19]. However. The results are then . O. This takes into account not only the active substance. six to eight animals might provide sufficient statistical power to confidently establish required PD50 values. This is fewer animals than that currently stipulated by the European Pharmacopoiea. 4. In general. The number of animals required in a trial to establish with 95% confidence that the vaccine protected 50% of vaccinated animals obviously depends on the data used but some examples using data analysed in this study are shown in Fig.V. We developed a simple statistical framework for analysis of challenge-free trials for which existing data suggests that for some serotypes. results from different strains of the same serotype usually conformed to a single logistic model (this was the case for three serotypes represented by more than one strain: A. 4. / Vaccine 21 (2003) 3240–3248 Fig. If the titres from each serotype analysed here were representative generally of those obtainable from vaccines prepared from these serotypes then only modest numbers of animals (as few as six) are required to establish that the most effective and consistent vaccines (those of serotype O and Asia-1) protect half the animals when diluted as they were in these trials. Barnett et al. The parameterisation of these models for each serotype enables the use of challenge-free trials to estimate the effectiveness of these vaccines.2% would be protected. 6–10). If the PD50 of the test vaccine was Y then we would expect 50% of the animals to be protected. Whether this is because of methodological differences in the adopted procedures. For the more variable titres obtained from SAT-1 and SAT-3 vaccines. we i=0 i could be 99. 4. This is true for foot-and-mouth disease vaccine as this vaccine always incorporates either aluminium hydroxide/saponin or mineral oil-based adjuvants. This in vivo potency assessment usually involves cattle. The probability of being able to show that the PD50 is significantly greater than that used in these vaccine trials as a function of the number of individuals used in the trial. and SAT-3). Discussion This analysis reveals that the relationships documented between vaccinally induced antibody titre and protection against clinical foot-and-mouth disease differs between two different laboratories. i. which further limits accessibility and adds to the overall cost. Usually potency testing of inactivated vaccines is performed on the target species. but other components such as the adjuvants which are incorporated to further enhance the immunity of the vaccine. The number of individuals (the number of re-sampled titres) in each trial is indicated on the x-axis.3246 P. but from these results we anticipate that 88.66% confident that the PD50 of the vaccine tested was greater than Y. Parameter values are those for the combined strains model for each serotype (numbers 3. The extremely infectious nature of FMDV means that high level containment facilities are required to perform such tests. antigen.e. it appears that so long as sample sizes were not too small. Each point is the proportion of 500 re-sampled sets of titre values (from the indicated serotype) in which significantly more than 50% of individuals in the set would be protected.0034 and in this case.

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