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Biological sex influences antibody responses to routine vaccinations in the first year of life

Zimmermann, Petra ; Perrett, Kirsten P. ; Ritz,  Nicole ; Flanagan, Katie L. ; Robins-Browne, Roy ; Klis, Fiona R. M. van der ; Curtis, Nigel ; the MIS BAIR group

In: Acta Paediatrica, 2019, p. -

Aim We investigated the effect of early-life factors, namely sex, delivery mode, feeding method and antibiotic exposure, on antibody responses to routine vaccinations administered during the first year of life. Methods One and seven months after the primary course of routine vaccines and 1 month after routine vaccines at 12 months of age, antibodies against 26 vaccine antigens were measured...

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Molecular signatures of immunity and immunogenicity in infection and vaccination

Haks, Mariëlle C. ; Bottazzi, Barbara ; Cecchinato, Valentina ; De Gregorio, Corinne ; Del Giudice, Giuseppe ; Kaufmann, Stefan H. E. ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Lewis, David J. M. ; Maertzdorf, Jeroen ; Mantovani, Alberto ; Sallusto, Federica ; Sironi, Marina ; Uguccioni, Mariagrazia ; Ottenhoff, Tom H. M.

In: Frontiers in immunology, 2017, vol. 8, p. 1563

Vaccinology aims to understand what factors drive vaccine-induced immunity and protection. For many vaccines, however, the mechanisms underlying immunity and protection remain incompletely characterized at best, and except for neutralizing antibodies induced by viral vaccines, few correlates of protection exist. Recent omics and systems biology big data platforms have yielded valuable...

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Conformational occlusion of blockade antibody epitopes, a novel mechanism of GII.4 human norovirus immune evasion

Lindesmith, Lisa C. ; Mallory, Michael L. ; Debbink, Kari ; Donaldson, Eric F. ; Brewer-Jensen, Paul D. ; Swann, Excel W. ; Sheahan, Timothy P. ; Graham, Rachel L. ; Beltramello, Martina ; Corti, Davide ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Baric, Ralph S.

In: mSphere, 2018, vol. 3, no. 1, p. e00518-17

Extensive antigenic diversity within the GII.4 genotype of human norovirus is a major driver of pandemic emergence and a significant obstacle to development of cross- protective immunity after natural infection and vaccination. However, human and mouse monoclonal antibody studies indicate that, although rare, antibodies to conserved GII.4 blockade epitopes are generated. The mechanisms by...

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The neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) enhances human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) transcytosis across epithelial cells

Gupta, Sandeep ; Gach, Johannes S. ; Becerra, Juan C. ; Phan, Tran B. ; Pudney, Jeffrey ; Moldoveanu, Zina ; Joseph, Sarah B. ; Landucci, Gary ; Supnet, Medalyn Jude ; Ping, Li-Hua ; Corti, Davide ; Moldt, Brian ; Hel, Zdenek ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Ruprecht, Ruth M. ; Burton, Dennis R. ; Mestecky, Jiri ; Anderson, Deborah J. ; Forthal, Donald N.

In: Plos pathogens, 2013, vol. 9, no. 11, p. e1003776

The mechanisms by which human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) crosses mucosal surfaces to establish infection are unknown. Acidic genital secretions of HIV-1-infected women contain HIV-1 likely coated by antibody. We found that the combination of acidic pH and Env- specific IgG, including that from cervicovaginal and seminal fluids of HIV-1-infected individuals, augmented transcytosis...

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Highly significant antiviral activity of HIV-1 LTR-specific tre-recombinase in humanized mice

Hauber, Ilona ; Hofmann-Sieber, Helga ; Chemnitz, Jan ; Dubrau, Danilo ; Chusainow, Janet ; Stucka, Rolf ; Hartjen, Philip ; Schambach, Axel ; Ziegler, Patrick ; Hackmann, Karl ; Schröck, Evelin ; Schumacher, Udo ; Lindner, Christoph ; Grundhoff, Adam ; Baum, Christopher ; Manz, Markus G. ; Buchholz, Frank ; Hauber, Joachim

In: Plos pathogens, 2013, vol. 9, no. 9, p. e1003587

Stable integration of HIV proviral DNA into host cell chromosomes, a hallmark and essential feature of the retroviral life cycle, establishes the infection permanently. Current antiretroviral combination drug therapy cannot cure HIV infection. However, expressing an engineered HIV-1 long terminal repeat (LTR) site-specific recombinase (Tre), shown to excise integrated proviral DNA in vitro,...

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Systems analysis of MVA-C induced immune response reveals its significance as a vaccine candidate against HIV/AIDS of clade C

Gómez, Carmen Elena ; Perdiguero, Beatriz ; Jiménez, Victoria ; Filali-Mouhim, Abdelali ; Ghneim, Khader ; Haddad, Elias K. ; Quakkerlaar, Esther D. ; Delaloye, Julie ; Harari, Alexandre ; Roger, Thierry ; Dunhen, Thomas ; Sékaly, Rafick P. ; Melief, Cornelis J. M. ; Calandra, Thierry ; Sallusto, Federica ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Wagner, Ralf ; Pantaleo, Giuseppe ; Esteban, Mariano

In: Plos one, 2012, vol. 7, no. 4, p. e35485

Based on the partial efficacy of the HIV/AIDS Thai trial (RV144) with a canarypox vector prime and protein boost, attenuated poxvirus recombinants expressing HIV-1 antigens are increasingly sought as vaccine candidates against HIV/AIDS. Here we describe using systems analysis the biological and immunological characteristics of the attenuated vaccinia virus Ankara strain expressing the HIV-1...

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Characterization of variable regions of the Gp120 protein from HIV-1 subtype C virus variants obtained from individuals at different disease stages in Sub-Saharan Africa

Cenci, A. ; Tavoschi, L. ; D'Avenio, G. ; Narino, P. ; Becattini, S. ; Bernasconi, D. ; Chiappi, M. ; La Torre, L. ; Sukati, H. ; Vardas, E. ; Lo Presti, A. ; Cella, E. ; Ciccozzi, M. ; Picconi, O. ; Monini, P. ; Ensoli, B. ; Buttò, S.

In: Journal of AIDS & clinical research, 2012, vol. S8:006, p. 1-10

Background: The development of a vaccine against HIV/AIDS capable of preventing virus infection has been hampered by the HIV envelope (Env) heterogeneity that makes it difficult to induce neutralizing antibodies against Env proteins from different HIV clades. Several studies have indicated that gp120 Env protein sequence tends to change considerably during the course of HIV disease which...

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In-depth analysis of the antibody response of individuals exposed to primary dengue virus infection

Alwis, Ruklanthi de ; Beltramello, Martina ; Messer, William B. ; Sukupolvi-Petty, Soila ; Wahala, Wahala M. P. B. ; Kraus, Annette ; Olivarez, Nicholas P. ; Pham, Quang ; Brian, James ; Tsai, Wen-Yang ; Wang, Wei-Kung ; Halstead, Scott ; Kliks, Srisakul ; Diamond, Michael S. ; Baric, Ralph ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Sallusto, Federica ; Silva, Aravinda M. de

In: Plos neglected tropical diseases, 2011, vol. 5, no. 6, p. e1188

Humans who experience a primary dengue virus (DENV) infection develop antibodies that preferentially neutralize the homologous serotype responsible for infection. Affected individuals also generate cross-reactive antibodies against heterologous DENV serotypes, which are non-neutralizing. Dengue cross-reactive, non-neutralizing antibodies can enhance infection of Fc receptor bearing cells and,...

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Improved innate and adaptive immunostimulation by genetically modified HIV-1 protein expressing NYVAC vectors

Quakkelaar, Esther D. ; Redeker, Anke ; Haddad, Elias K. ; Harari, Alexandre ; McCaughey, Stella Mayo ; Duhen, Thomas ; Filali-Mouhim, Abdelali ; Goulet, Jean-Philippe ; Loof, Nikki M. ; Ossendorp, Ferry ; Perdiguero, Beatriz ; Heinen, Paul ; Gomez, Carmen E. ; Kibler, Karen V. ; Koelle, David M. ; Sékaly, Rafick P. ; Sallusto, Federica ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Pantaleo, Giuseppe ; Esteban, Mariano ; Tartaglia, Jim ; Jacobs, Bertram L. ; Melief, Cornelis J. M.

In: Plos one, 2011, vol. 6, no. 2, p. e16819

Attenuated poxviruses are safe and capable of expressing foreign antigens. Poxviruses are applied in veterinary vaccination and explored as candidate vaccines for humans. However, poxviruses express multiple genes encoding proteins that interfere with components of the innate and adaptive immune response. This manuscript describes two strategies aimed to improve the immunogenicity of the...

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Crystal structure and size-dependent neutralization properties of HK20, a human monoclonal antibody binding to the highly conserved heptad repeat 1 of gp41

Sabin, Charles ; Corti, Davide ; Buzon, Victor ; Seaman, Mike S. ; Hulsik, David Lutje ; Hinz, Andreas ; Vanzetta, Fabrizia ; Agatic, Gloria ; Silacci, Chiara ; Mainetti, Lara ; Scarlatti, Gabriella ; Sallusto, Federica ; Weiss, Robin ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Weissenhorn, Winfried

In: Plos pathogens, 2010, vol. 6, no. 11, p. e1001195

The human monoclonal antibody (mAb) HK20 neutralizes a broad spectrum of primary HIV-1 isolates by targeting the highly conserved heptad repeat 1 (HR1) of gp41, which is transiently exposed during HIV-1 entry. Here we present the crystal structure of the HK20 Fab in complex with a gp41 mimetic 5-Helix at 2.3 A° resolution. HK20 employs its heavy chain CDR H2 and H3 loops to bind into a...