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Scientists find anti-HIV-1 antibody treatment suppresses viral infection

Scientists find anti-HIV-1 antibody treatment suppresses viral infection


Scientists find anti-HIV-1 antibody treatment suppresses viral infection。 

HIV-1 infection remains an incurable public health problem. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is highly effective at inhibiting viral replication and preventing disease progression, but requires lifelong drug management due to the stable integration of the latent proviral reservoir into the CD4 T cell genome.

In the absence of antiretroviral therapy, administration of anti-HIV-1 broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) to humans is safe and effective in preventing infection, reducing viremia and maintaining viral suppression of antibody-sensitive viruses.

It has been suggested that broadly neutralizing antibodies could be used as adjuncts to ART or as stand-alone maintenance therapy aimed at inducing long-term ART-free HIV-1 remission.

Recently, researchers from The Rockefeller University published an academic paper titled “Prolonged viral suppression with anti-HIV-1 antibody therapy” in Nature, evaluating the effectiveness of repeated bNAb combination therapy to maintain long-term viral suppression and its impact on Influence of the size and composition of the latent virus reservoir in HIV-infected individuals.


In the present study, researchers conducted a clinical study in which HIV-infected individuals received seven doses of a combination of two broadly neutralizing antibodies, 3BNC117 and 10-1074, over 20 weeks in the presence or absence of ART, Its safety, tolerability and antiviral activity were studied.


The study found that the pharmacokinetic profiles of 3BNC117 and 10-1074 were independent of concomitant antiretroviral drugs during viral suppression and did not change after multiple dosing over 20 weeks.

In the absence of prescreening for antibody susceptibility, 13 of 17 (76%) evaluable cohort 1 subjects remained virally suppressed for at least 20 weeks after ART discontinuation.

In individuals who remained suppressed after week 20, the mean serum concentrations of 3BNC117 and 10-1074 at rebound were 3.5 and 28.3 μg·ml−1, respectively.

To examine the potential impact of viral monoclonal antibody susceptibility testing on viral rebound time, we performed post hoc analyses of reservoir and plasma rebound virus.

The study found that post-hoc sensitivity analyses did not predict when the virus would rebound. In individuals whose virus has been suppressed for more than 20 weeks, rebound viremia occurs when the serum concentration of one of the antibodies reaches below 10 μg·ml−1.

Of those who received all seven antibody doses, two remained suppressed after a year.

Reservoir analysis performed after 6 months of antibody treatment showed changes in the size and composition of the intact proviral reservoir.

In contrast, these individuals did not see a significant reduction in their defect pool.


Scientists find anti-HIV-1 antibody treatment suppresses viral infection

Figure virological and pharmacokinetic follow-up of individual participants


These data suggest that antibody administration affects the HIV-1 reservoir, but more studies, larger and longer, are needed to determine the exact effect of antibody immunotherapy on the reservoir.









Gaebler, C., Nogueira, L., Stoffel, E. et al. Prolonged viral suppression with anti-HIV-1 antibody therapy. Nature (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-022 -04597-1

Scientists find anti-HIV-1 antibody treatment suppresses viral infection

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