Studies of antibody-dependent enhancement of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type 1 infection mediated by Fc receptors using sera from recipients of a recombinant gp160 experimental HIV-1 vaccine

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Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research; Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

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Immunity | Immunology and Infectious Disease | Immunology of Infectious Disease | Infectious Disease | Virology


Subneutralizing concentrations of sera from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1-infected patients augment HIV infection mediated by Fc receptor uptake by human monocytes and the monocytic cell line U937. Antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) and neutralization activity were studied in the sera of HIV-1 antibody-negative volunteers who had been immunized with three 40-micrograms doses of a recombinant gp160 (rgp160) candidate HIV vaccine. Volunteers were vaccinated with rgp160 or a hepatitis B vaccine as a control on days 0, 30, and 180. Sera were obtained before and after three doses of vaccine and were tested for ADE and neutralization activity. Serum samples collected before vaccination showed neither neutralization nor ADE activity. Thirteen sera from volunteers who received gp160 and four from placebo recipients failed to show ADE. Three sera showed low levels of neutralization of strain IIIB of HIV. Vaccination with this dose of rgp160 produced neutralizing antibodies in some subjects but did not induce detectable enhancing antibodies.


J Infect Dis. 1992 Mar;165(3):545-8.

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The Journal of infectious diseases

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