Multivalent Antigen Presentation Enhances the Immunogenicity of a Synthetic Three-Component HIV-1 V3 Glycopeptide Vaccine.


Journal Article

HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins gp120 and gp41 are presented on the virus surface as a trimer of heterodimer and are the targets of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs). We describe here the synthesis and preliminary immunological evaluation of a three-component trivalent HIV-1 V3 glycopeptide immunogen aiming to raise glycopeptide epitope-specific antibodies. Click chemistry confers efficient synthesis of the lipopeptide-glycopeptide conjugate that carries three copies of HIV-1 JR-FL gp120 V3 glycopeptide with a high-mannose glycan at the N332 glycosylation site. We found that the multivalent presentation substantially enhanced the immunogenicity of the V3 glycopeptide. The antisera induced by the three-component multivalent glycopeptide immunogen exhibited stronger binding to heterologous HIV-1 gp120s and the trimeric gp140s than that from the monovalent glycopeptide immunogen. The antisera generated from this preliminary rabbit immunization did not show virus neutralization activity, probably due to the lack of somatic maturation. The ability to elicit substantial glycopeptide epitope-specific antibodies by the three-component trivalent glycopeptide immunogen suggests that it could serve as a valuable vaccine component in combination with other vaccine candidates for further immunization studies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cai, H; Zhang, R; Orwenyo, J; Giddens, J; Yang, Q; LaBranche, CC; Montefiori, DC; Wang, L-X

Published Date

  • May 23, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 582 - 589

PubMed ID

  • 29806004

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29806004

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2374-7943

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/acscentsci.8b00060


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States