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      Critical role of neutralizing antibody for SARS-CoV-2 reinfection and transmission


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          Cases of laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 reinfection have been reported in a number of countries. Further, the level of natural immunity induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection is not fully clear, nor is it clear if a primary infection is protective against reinfection. To investigate the potential association between serum antibody titres and reinfection of SARS-CoV-2, ferrets with different levels of NAb titres after primary SARS-CoV-2 infection were subjected to reinfection with a heterologous SARS-CoV-2 strain. All heterologous SARS-CoV-2 reinfected ferrets showed active virus replication in the upper respiratory and gastro-intestinal tracts. However, the high NAb titre group showed attenuated viral replication and rapid viral clearance. In addition, direct-contact transmission was observed only from reinfected ferrets with low NAb titres (<20), and not from other groups. Further, lung histopathology demonstrated the presence of limited inflammatory regions in the high NAb titre groups compared with control and low NAb groups. This study demonstrates a close correlation between a low NAb titre and SARS-CoV-2 reinfection in a recovered ferret reinfection model.

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              The clinical features and immune responses of asymptomatic individuals infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have not been well described. We studied 37 asymptomatic individuals in the Wanzhou District who were diagnosed with RT-PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections but without any relevant clinical symptoms in the preceding 14 d and during hospitalization. Asymptomatic individuals were admitted to the government-designated Wanzhou People's Hospital for centralized isolation in accordance with policy1. The median duration of viral shedding in the asymptomatic group was 19 d (interquartile range (IQR), 15-26 d). The asymptomatic group had a significantly longer duration of viral shedding than the symptomatic group (log-rank P = 0.028). The virus-specific IgG levels in the asymptomatic group (median S/CO, 3.4; IQR, 1.6-10.7) were significantly lower (P = 0.005) relative to the symptomatic group (median S/CO, 20.5; IQR, 5.8-38.2) in the acute phase. Of asymptomatic individuals, 93.3% (28/30) and 81.1% (30/37) had reduction in IgG and neutralizing antibody levels, respectively, during the early convalescent phase, as compared to 96.8% (30/31) and 62.2% (23/37) of symptomatic patients. Forty percent of asymptomatic individuals became seronegative and 12.9% of the symptomatic group became negative for IgG in the early convalescent phase. In addition, asymptomatic individuals exhibited lower levels of 18 pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. These data suggest that asymptomatic individuals had a weaker immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection. The reduction in IgG and neutralizing antibody levels in the early convalescent phase might have implications for immunity strategy and serological surveys.

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                Emerg Microbes Infect
                Emerg Microbes Infect
                Emerging Microbes & Infections
                Taylor & Francis
                19 January 2021
                : 10
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                : 152-160
                [a ]College of Medicine and Medical Research Institute, Chungbuk National University , Cheongju, Republic of Korea
                [b ]Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Research Center, Chungbuk National University , Cheongju, Korea
                [c ]Division of Applied Life Science and Research Institute of Life Sciences, Gyeongsang National University , Jinju, Korea
                [d ]Research institute of Public Health, National Medical Center , Seoul, Republic of Korea
                [e ]Div. of Public Health Research, Sejong Institute of Health & Environment , Sejong City, Republic of Korea
                [f ]Sejong Public Health Center , Sejong City, Republic of Korea
                [g ]Department of Cancer Biology and Center for Global and Emerging Pathogen Research, Lerner Research Institute , Cleveland, OH, USA
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                [CONTACT ] Young Ki Choi choiki55@ 123456chungbuk.ac.kr College of Medicine and Medical Research Institute, Chungbuk National University , 1 Chungdae-ro, Seowon-gu, Cheongju-si28644, Republic of Korea

                YlK, SMK, SJP and EHK contributed equally to this article.

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