Safety and antiviral activity of triple combination broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibody therapy against HIV-1: a phase 1 clinical trial.

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HIV-1 therapy with single or dual broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) has shown viral escape, indicating that at least a triple bNAb therapy may be needed for robust suppression of viremia. We performed a two-part study consisting of a single-center, randomized, double-blind, dose-escalation, placebo-controlled first-in-human trial of the HIV-1 V2-glycan-specific antibody PGDM1400 alone or in combination with the V3-glycan-specific antibody PGT121 in 24 adults without HIV in part 1, as well as a multi-center, open-label trial of the combination of PGDM1400, PGT121 and the CD4-binding-site antibody VRC07-523LS in five viremic adults living with HIV not on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in part 2 ( NCT03205917 ). The primary endpoints were safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics for both parts and antiviral activity among viremic adults living with HIV and not on ART for part 2 of the study. The secondary endpoints were changes in CD4+ T cell counts and development of HIV-1 sequence variations associated with PGDM1400, PGT121 and VRC07-523LS resistance in part 2. Intravenously administered PGDM1400 was safe and well-tolerated at doses up to 30 mg kg-1 and when given in combination with PGT121 and VRC07-523LS. A single intravenous infusion of 20 mg kg-1 of each of the three antibodies reduced plasma HIV RNA levels in viremic individuals by a maximum mean of 2.04 log10 copies per ml; however, viral rebound occurred in all participants within a median of 20 days after nadir. Rebound viruses demonstrated partial to complete resistance to PGDM1400 and PGT121 in vitro, whereas susceptibility to VRC07-523LS was preserved. Viral rebound occurred despite mean VRC07-523LS serum concentrations of 93 µg ml-1. The trial met the pre-specified endpoints. Our data suggest that future bNAb combinations likely need to achieve broad antiviral activity, while also maintaining high serum concentrations, to mediate viral control.

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Cited Authors

  • Julg, B; Stephenson, KE; Wagh, K; Tan, SC; Zash, R; Walsh, S; Ansel, J; Kanjilal, D; Nkolola, J; Walker-Sperling, VEK; Ophel, J; Yanosick, K; Borducchi, EN; Maxfield, L; Abbink, P; Peter, L; Yates, NL; Wesley, MS; Hassell, T; Gelderblom, HC; deCamp, A; Mayer, BT; Sato, A; Gerber, MW; Giorgi, EE; Gama, L; Koup, RA; Mascola, JR; Monczor, A; Lupo, S; Rolle, C-P; Arduino, R; DeJesus, E; Tomaras, GD; Seaman, MS; Korber, B; Barouch, DH

Published Date

  • June 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1288 - 1296

PubMed ID

  • 35551291

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9205771

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-170X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41591-022-01815-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States