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      Structural and Functional Bases for Broad-Spectrum Neutralization of Avian and Human Influenza A Viruses

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          Influenza virus remains a constant public health threat, owing to its ability to evade immune surveillance through rapid genetic drift and reassortment. Monoclonal antibody (mAb)-based immunotherapy is a promising strategy for disease control. Here we use a human Ab phage display library and H5 hemagglutinin (HA) ectodomain to select ten neutralizing mAbs (nAbs) with a remarkably broad range among Group 1 influenza viruses, including the H5N1 “bird flu” and the H1N1 “Spanish flu” strains. Notably, nine of the Abs utilize the same germline gene, VH1-69. The crystal structure of one mAb bound to H5N1 HA reveals that only the heavy chain inserts into a highly conserved pocket in the HA stem, inhibiting the conformational changes required for membrane fusion. Our studies indicate that nAbs targeting this pocket could provide broad protection against both seasonal and pandemic influenza A infections.

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                Nat Struct Mol Biol
                Nature structural & molecular biology
                28 April 2009
                22 February 2009
                March 2009
                1 September 2009
                : 16
                : 3
                : 265-273
                [1 ]Department of Cancer Immunology & AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 44 Binney St. JFB 826, Boston, MA 02115, USA
                [2 ]Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Center, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, 10901 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
                [3 ]Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, 1600 Clifton Road - Mail Stop G-16 Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
                Author notes

                Contributed equally to the study.

                Author Contributions DFCI team. J.S. and A.M. constructed H5-TH04 HA. J.S. and D.A. performed phage display Ab library selections and screening for Abs by ELISA, FACS and pseudo-viruses neutralization assays. J.S., M.A. and T.H. carried out epitope mapping using mutagenesis and FACS analysis. J.S., D.A. and M.A. purified antibodies. J.S. and A.Y. analyzed kinetics of Ab binding with HA protein. J.S performed HA subtype cross-binding and neutralization assay, pseudo-virus binding and fusion inhibition assay. J.S. and W.A.M designed the study, analyzed data, and wrote sections about these studies.

                BIMR team R.C.L supervised all of the work done at BIMR. G.W. and G.C. cloned and expressed recombinant H5 for antibody panning and crystallization. W.C.H expressed F10 scFv and crystallized the F10-HA0 complex. W.C.H., E.S. and B.S. collected diffraction data and solved and refined the structure. L.A.B supervised cloning and expression. W.C.H., L.A.B and R.C.L. wrote sections about these studies.

                CDC team. S.P.D., L.C., H.W. and R.O.D designed the study and performed animal study as well as virology study with wild type viruses. R.O.D wrote sections of these studies. J.S., R.O.D., R.C.L and W.A.M. finalized the paper. All authors commented on the manuscript.

                Correspondence should be addressed to J.S. ( jianhua_sui@ ), R.O.D. ( rvd6@ ), R.C.L ( rlidding@ ), and or W.A.M. ( wayne_marasco@ ).
                Funded by: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Extramural Activities : NIAID
                Award ID: P01 AI055789-040001 ||AI

                Molecular biology


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