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Nat Med. 1999 Feb;5(2):204-10.

Neutralizing antibody directed against the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein can completely block HIV-1/SIV chimeric virus infections of macaque monkeys.

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Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA.


Virus-specific antibodies protect individuals against a wide variety of viral infections. To assess whether human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope-specific antibodies confer resistance against primate lentivirus infections, we purified immunoglobulin (IgG) from chimpanzees infected with several different HIV-1 isolates, and used this for passive immunization of pig-tailed macaques. These monkeys were subsequently challenged intravenously with a chimeric simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) bearing an envelope glycoprotein derived form HIV-1DH12, a dual-tropic primary virus isolate. Here we show that anti-SHIV neutralizing activity, determined in vitro using an assay measuring loss of infectivity, is the absolute requirement for antibody-mediated protection in vivo. Using an assay that measures 100% neutralization, the titer in plasma for complete protection of the SHIV-challenged macaques was in the range of 1:5-1:8. The HIV-1-specific neutralizing antibodies studied are able to bind to native gp120 present on infectious virus particles. Administration of non-neutralizing anti-HIV IgG neither inhibited nor enhanced a subsequent SHIV infection.

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