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J Immunol. 2009 Nov 15;183(10):6338-45. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.0901373. Epub 2009 Oct 19.

Potent high-affinity antibodies for treatment and prophylaxis of respiratory syncytial virus derived from B cells of infected patients.

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  • 1Trellis Bioscience, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA.


Native human Abs represent attractive drug candidates; however, the low frequency of B cells expressing high-quality Abs has posed a barrier to discovery. Using a novel single-cell phenotyping technology, we have overcome this barrier to discover human Abs targeting the conserved but poorly immunogenic central motif of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) G protein. For the entire cohort of 24 subjects with recent RSV infection, B cells producing Abs meeting these stringent specificity criteria were rare, <10 per million. Several of the newly cloned Abs bind to the RSV G protein central conserved motif with very high affinity (K(d) 1-24 pM). Two of the Abs were characterized in detail and compared with palivizumab, a humanized mAb against the RSV F protein. Relative to palivizumab, the anti-G Abs showed improved viral neutralization potency in vitro and enhanced reduction of infectious virus in a prophylaxis mouse model. Furthermore, in a mouse model for postinfection treatment, both anti-G Abs were significantly more effective than palivizumab at reducing viral load. The combination of activity in mouse models for both prophylaxis and treatment makes these high-affinity human-derived Abs promising candidates for human clinical testing.

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