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      Broader HIV-1 neutralizing antibody responses induced by envelope glycoprotein mutants based on the EIAV attenuated vaccine

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          In order to induce a potent and cross-reactive neutralizing antibody (nAb), an effective envelope immunogen is crucial for many viral vaccines, including the vaccine for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The Chinese equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) attenuated vaccine has controlled the epidemic of this virus after its vaccination in over 70 million equine animals during the last 3 decades in China. Data from our past studies demonstrate that the Env protein of this vaccine plays a pivotal role in protecting horses from both homologous and heterogeneous EIAV challenges. Therefore, the amino acid sequence information from the Chinese EIAV attenuated vaccine, in comparison with the parental wild-type EIAV strains, was applied to modify the corresponding region of the envelope glycoprotein of HIV-1 CN54. The direction of the mutations was made towards the amino acids conserved in the two EIAV vaccine strains, distinguishing them from the two wild-type strains. The purpose of the modification was to enhance the immunogenicity of the HIV Env.


          The induced nAb by the modified HIV Env neutralized HIV-1 B and B'/C viruses at the highest titer of 1:270. Further studies showed that a single amino acid change in the C1 region accounts for the substantial enhancement in induction of anti-HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies.


          This study shows that an HIV envelope modified by the information of another lentivirus vaccine induces effective broadly neutralizing antibodies. A single amino acid mutation was found to increase the immunogenicity of the HIV Env.

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          Broadly cross-reactive HIV-1-neutralizing human monoclonal Fab selected for binding to gp120-CD4-CCR5 complexes.

          HIV-1 entry into cells involves formation of a complex between gp120 of the viral envelope glycoprotein (Env), a receptor (CD4), and a coreceptor, typically CCR5. Here we provide evidence that purified gp120(JR-FL)-CD4-CCR5 complexes exhibit an epitope recognized by a Fab (X5) obtained by selection of a phage display library from a seropositive donor with a relatively high broadly neutralizing serum antibody titer against an immobilized form of the trimolecular complex. X5 bound with high (nM) affinity to a variety of Envs, including primary isolates from different clades and Envs with deleted variable loops (V1, -2, -3). Its binding was significantly increased by CD4 and slightly enhanced by CCR5. X5 inhibited infection of peripheral blood mononuclear cells by a selection of representative HIV-1 primary isolates from clades A, B, C, D, E, F, and G with an efficiency comparable to that of the broadly neutralizing antibody IgG1 b12. Furthermore, X5 inhibited cell fusion mediated by Envs from R5, X4, and R5X4 viruses. Of the five broadly cross-reactive HIV-1-neutralizing human monoclonal antibodies known to date, X5 is the only one that exhibits increased binding to gp120 complexed with receptors. These findings suggest that X5 could possibly be used as entry inhibitor alone or in combination with other antiretroviral drugs for the treatment of HIV-1-infected individuals, provide evidence for the existence of conserved receptor-inducible gp120 epitopes that can serve as targets for potent broadly cross-reactive neutralizing antibodies in HIV-1-infected patients, and have important conceptual and practical implications for the development of vaccines and inhibitors.
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            A human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) mutant lacking the V1 and V2 variable loops in the gp120 exterior envelope glycoprotein replicated in Jurkat lymphocytes with only modest delays compared with the wild-type virus. Revertants that replicated with wild-type efficiency rapidly emerged and contained only a few amino acid changes in the envelope glycoproteins compared with the parent virus. Both the parent and revertant viruses exhibited increased sensitivity to neutralization by antibodies directed against the V3 loop or a CD4-induced epitope on gp120 but not by soluble CD4 or an antibody against the CD4 binding site. This result demonstrates the role of the gp120 V1 and V2 loops in protecting HIV-1 from some subsets of neutralizing antibodies.
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              Equine Infectious Anemia Virus (EIAV): what has HIV's country cousin got to tell us?

              Equine Infectious Anemia Virus (EIAV) is a lentivirus, of the Retrovirus family, with an almost worldwide distribution, infecting equids. It causes a persistent infection characterized by recurring febrile episodes associating viremia, fever, thrombocytopenia, and wasting symptoms. The disease is experimentally reproducible by inoculation of Shetland ponies or horses with EIAV pathogenic strains. Among lentiviruses, EIAV is unique in that, despite a rapid virus replication and antigenic variation, most animals progress from a chronic stage characterized by recurring peaks of viremia and fever to an asymptomatic stage of infection. The inapparent carriers remain infective for life, as demonstrated by experimental transfer of blood to naive animals. The understanding of the correlates of this immune control is of great interest in defining vaccine strategies. Research on EIAV, this "country cousin" of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), over the last five decades has produced some interesting results on natural immunological control of lentivirus replication and disease and on the nature and role of virus variation in persistence and pathogenesis. These studies are of interest in the context of HIV and efforts to develop a vaccine. This review will focus on some of the most recent results.

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                BioMed Central
                1 September 2010
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                [1 ]State Key Laboratory for Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 155 Changbai Road, Changping District, Beijing 102206, China
                [2 ]State Key Laboratory of Virology, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 44 Xiaohongshan Road, Wu Chang District, Wuhan 430071, China
                [3 ]Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA
                [4 ]Science Research Department, Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, Public Health Clinical Center affiliated to Fudan University, Shanghai, MD 201508, China
                Copyright ©2010 Liu et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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