High-Throughput Mapping of B Cell Receptor Sequences to Antigen Specificity.

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B cell receptor (BCR) sequencing is a powerful tool for interrogating immune responses to infection and vaccination, but it provides limited information about the antigen specificity of the sequenced BCRs. Here, we present LIBRA-seq (linking B cell receptor to antigen specificity through sequencing), a technology for high-throughput mapping of paired heavy- and light-chain BCR sequences to their cognate antigen specificities. B cells are mixed with a panel of DNA-barcoded antigens so that both the antigen barcode(s) and BCR sequence are recovered via single-cell next-generation sequencing. Using LIBRA-seq, we mapped the antigen specificity of thousands of B cells from two HIV-infected subjects. The predicted specificities were confirmed for a number of HIV- and influenza-specific antibodies, including known and novel broadly neutralizing antibodies. LIBRA-seq will be an integral tool for antibody discovery and vaccine development efforts against a wide range of antigen targets.

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Cited Authors

  • Setliff, I; Shiakolas, AR; Pilewski, KA; Murji, AA; Mapengo, RE; Janowska, K; Richardson, S; Oosthuysen, C; Raju, N; Ronsard, L; Kanekiyo, M; Qin, JS; Kramer, KJ; Greenplate, AR; McDonnell, WJ; Graham, BS; Connors, M; Lingwood, D; Acharya, P; Morris, L; Georgiev, IS

Published Date

  • December 12, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 179 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1636 - 1646.e15

PubMed ID

  • 31787378

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7158953

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4172

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cell.2019.11.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States