Anti-Ebola Virus Antibody Levels in Convalescent Plasma and Viral Load After Plasma Infusion in Patients With Ebola Virus Disease.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

Background: Ebola virus (EBOV) neutralizing antibody in plasma may reduce viral load following administration of plasma to patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD), but measurement of these antibodies is complex. Methods: Anti-EBOV antibody was measured by 2 neutralization and 2 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) in convalescent plasma (ECP) from 100 EVD survivor donors in Liberia. Viral load was assessed repetitively in patients with EVD participating in a clinical trial of enhanced standard of care plus ECP. Results: All 4 anti-EBOV assays were highly concordant for detection of EBOV antibody. Antibodies were not detected in plasma specimens obtained from 15 of 100 donors, including 7 with documented EBOV-positive reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction during EVD. Viral load was reduced following each dose in the 2 clinical trial participants who received ECP with higher antibody levels but not in the 2 who received ECP with lower antibody levels. Conclusions: Recovery from EVD can occur with absence of detectable anti-EBOV antibody several months after disease onset. ELISAs may be useful to select ECP donors or identify ECP units that contain neutralizing antibody. ECP with higher anti-EBOV antibody levels may have greater effect on EBOV load-an observation that requires further investigation. Clinical Trials Registration: NCT02333578.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brown, JF; Dye, JM; Tozay, S; Jeh-Mulbah, G; Wohl, DA; Fischer, WA; Cunningham, CK; Rowe, K; Zacharias, P; van Hasselt, J; Norwood, DA; Thielman, NM; Zak, SE; Hoover, DL

Published Date

  • July 13, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 218 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 555 - 562

PubMed ID

  • 29659889

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6927845

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-6613

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/infdis/jiy199


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States