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Neutralization of primary HIV-1 isolates by anti-envelope monoclonal antibodies.

D'Souza MP, Milman G, Bradac JA, McPhee D, Hanson CV, Hendry RM
Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA.


OBJECTIVE: To evaluate human monoclonal antibodies (MAb) for neutralizing activity against primary HIV-1 isolates in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. DESIGN: Neutralization activity data were obtained from 11 laboratories on a coded panel consisting of six human MAb to HIV envelope V3, CD4-binding region or gp41. Hyperimmune globulin against HIV-1 and normal human immunoglobulin G were supplied as controls. Each laboratory received pre-titered virus for use in the studies. METHODS: Each laboratory measured neutralization of the MAb against laboratory strain HIVMN, genomic clone HIVJR-CSF, two subtype B and one subtype D primary isolates. RESULTS: The titers of the centrally supplied virus stocks as determined by re-titration or back-titration varied among laboratories and were generally 10-100-fold less than provided. The neutralizing activity of each MAb varied by as much as a 1000-fold among laboratories. These differences may result from varying sensitivity in neutralization assay protocols and the differing susceptibility of primary cells to infection with HIV-1. CONCLUSIONS: To consolidate the data from multiple laboratories, the neutralization titers were compared by classifying antibodies as neutralizing if the antibody concentration for 50% virus inhibition was < or = 10 micrograms/ml. By this criterion, the CD4-binding region and gp41 MAb neutralized all four subtype B viruses and the subtype D isolate in a few of the laboratories. The V3 MAb neutralized only HIVMN and the closely related HIVJR-CSF viruses.


  • Journal: AIDS
  • Published: 01/08/1995
  • Volume: 9
  • Issue: 8
  • Pagination: 867-874

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