Inference of the HIV-1 VRC01 Antibody Lineage Unmutated Common Ancestor Reveals Alternative Pathways to Overcome a Key Glycan Barrier.

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Elicitation of VRC01-class broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) is an appealing approach for a preventative HIV-1 vaccine. Despite extensive investigations, strategies to induce VRC01-class bnAbs and overcome the barrier posed by the envelope N276 glycan have not been successful. Here, we inferred a high-probability unmutated common ancestor (UCA) of the VRC01 lineage and reconstructed the stages of lineage maturation. Env immunogens designed on reverted VRC01-class bnAbs bound to VRC01 UCA with affinity sufficient to activate naive B cells. Early mutations defined maturation pathways toward limited or broad neutralization, suggesting that focusing the immune response is likely required to steer B cell maturation toward the development of neutralization breadth. Finally, VRC01 lineage bnAbs with long CDR H3s overcame the HIV-1 N276 glycan barrier without shortening their CDR L1, revealing a solution for broad neutralization in which the heavy chain, not CDR L1, is the determinant to accommodate the N276 glycan.

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Cited Authors

  • Bonsignori, M; Scott, E; Wiehe, K; Easterhoff, D; Alam, SM; Hwang, K-K; Cooper, M; Xia, S-M; Zhang, R; Montefiori, DC; Henderson, R; Nie, X; Kelsoe, G; Moody, MA; Chen, X; Joyce, MG; Kwong, PD; Connors, M; Mascola, JR; McGuire, AT; Stamatatos, L; Medina-Ramírez, M; Sanders, RW; Saunders, KO; Kepler, TB; Haynes, BF

Published Date

  • December 18, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1162 - 1174.e8

PubMed ID

  • 30552024

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6303191

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4180

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.immuni.2018.10.015


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States