Contrasting Adult and Infant Immune Responses to HIV Infection and Vaccination.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Extensive studies have demonstrated that infant immune responses are distinct from those of adults. Despite these differences, infant immunization can elicit protective immune responses at levels comparable to or, in some cases, higher than adult immune responses to many vaccines. To date, only a few HIV vaccine candidates have been tested in infant populations, and none of them evaluated vaccine efficacy. Recent exciting studies showing that HIV-infected infants can develop broad neutralizing antibody responses and that some HIV vaccine regimens can elicit high levels of potentially protective antibodies in infants provide support for the development and testing of HIV vaccines in pediatric populations. In this review, we discuss the differences in adult and infant immune responses in the setting of HIV infection and vaccination.

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Cited Authors

  • Martinez, DR; Permar, SR; Fouda, GG

Published Date

  • February 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 84 - 94

PubMed ID

  • 26656117

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4744916

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1556-679X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/CVI.00565-15


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States