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Viruses ; 13(7)2021 07 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34372570

RESUMO

The evaluation of the neutralizing capacity of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies is important because they represent real protective immunity. In this study we aimed to measure and compare the neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) in COVID-19 patients and in vaccinated individuals. One-hundred and fifty long-term samples from 75 COVID-19 patients were analyzed with a surrogate virus neutralization test (sVNT) and compared to six different SARS-CoV-2 serology assays. The agreement between the sVNT and pseudovirus VNT (pVNT) results was found to be excellent (i.e., 97.2%). The NAb response was also assessed in 90 individuals who had received the complete dose regimen of BNT162b2. In COVID-19 patients, a stronger response was observed in moderate-severe versus mild patients (p-value = 0.0006). A slow decay in NAbs was noted in samples for up to 300 days after diagnosis, especially in moderate-severe patients (r = -0.35, p-value = 0.03). In the vaccinated population, 83.3% of COVID-19-naive individuals had positive NAbs 14 days after the first dose and all were positive 7 days after the second dose, i.e., at day 28. In previously infected individuals, all were already positive for NAbs at day 14. At each time point, a stronger response was observed for previously infected individuals (p-value < 0.05). The NAb response remained stable for up to 56 days in all participants. Vaccinated participants had significantly higher NAb titers compared to COVID patients. In previously infected vaccine recipients, one dose might be sufficient to generate sufficient neutralizing antibodies.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Vacinas contra COVID-19/imunologia , COVID-19/imunologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Teste Sorológico para COVID-19 , Vacinas contra COVID-19/administração & dosagem , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Testes de Neutralização , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Testes Sorológicos , Adulto Jovem
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Sci Rep ; 11(1): 16535, 2021 08 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34400739

RESUMO

Adaptive immunity to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) dynamics remain largely unknown. The neutralizing antibody (NAb) levels in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are helpful for understanding the pathology. Using SARS-CoV-2 pseudotyped virus, serum sample neutralization values in symptomatic COVID-19 patients were measured using the chemiluminescence reduction neutralization test (CRNT). At least two sequential serum samples collected during hospitalization were analyzed to assess NAbs neutralizing activity dynamics at different time points. Of the 11 patients, four (36.4%), six (54.5%), and one (9.1%) had moderate, severe, and critical disease, respectively. Fifty percent neutralization (N50%-CRNT) was observed upon admission in 90.9% (10/11); all patients acquired neutralizing activity 2-12 days after onset. In patients with moderate disease, neutralization was observed at earliest within two days after symptom onset. In patients with severe-to-critical disease, neutralization activity increased, plateauing 9-16 days after onset. Neutralization activity on admission was significantly higher in patients with moderate disease than in patients with severe-to-critical disease (relative % of infectivity, 6.4% vs. 41.1%; P = .011). Neutralization activity on admission inversely correlated with disease severity. The rapid NAb response may play a crucial role in preventing the progression of COVID-19.


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Imunidade Adaptativa , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/sangue , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , COVID-19/diagnóstico , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , COVID-19/sangue , COVID-19/imunologia , COVID-19/virologia , Teste de Ácido Nucleico para COVID-19 , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Testes de Neutralização/estatística & dados numéricos , Estudos Retrospectivos , SARS-CoV-2/genética , SARS-CoV-2/isolamento & purificação , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Fatores de Tempo
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J Gen Virol ; 102(8)2021 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34424155

RESUMO

Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is an economically important coronavirus, causing damaging losses to the poultry industry worldwide as the causative agent of infectious bronchitis. The coronavirus spike (S) glycoprotein is a large type I membrane protein protruding from the surface of the virion, which facilitates attachment and entry into host cells. The IBV S protein is cleaved into two subunits, S1 and S2, the latter of which has been identified as a determinant of cellular tropism. Recent studies expressing coronavirus S proteins in mammalian and insect cells have identified a high level of glycosylation on the protein's surface. Here we used IBV propagated in embryonated hens' eggs to explore the glycan profile of viruses derived from infection in cells of the natural host, chickens. We identified multiple glycan types on the surface of the protein and found a strain-specific dependence on complex glycans for recognition of the S2 subunit by a monoclonal antibody in vitro, with no effect on viral replication following the chemical inhibition of complex glycosylation. Virus neutralization by monoclonal or polyclonal antibodies was not affected. Following analysis of predicted glycosylation sites for the S protein of four IBV strains, we confirmed glycosylation at 18 sites by mass spectrometry for the pathogenic laboratory strain M41-CK. Further characterization revealed heterogeneity among the glycans present at six of these sites, indicating a difference in the glycan profile of individual S proteins on the IBV virion. These results demonstrate a non-specific role for complex glycans in IBV replication, with an indication of an involvement in antibody recognition but not neutralisation.


Assuntos
Coronavirus/fisiologia , Polissacarídeos/metabolismo , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Alcaloides/química , Alcaloides/farmacologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Sítios de Ligação , Células Cultivadas , Cromatografia Líquida , Biologia Computacional/métodos , Coronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/veterinária , Regulação Viral da Expressão Gênica , Glicosilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Vírus da Bronquite Infecciosa/fisiologia , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Molecular , Peso Molecular , Testes de Neutralização , Oligossacarídeos/química , Oligossacarídeos/metabolismo , Polissacarídeos/química , Doenças das Aves Domésticas/virologia , Transporte Proteico , Espectrometria de Massas por Ionização por Electrospray , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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Emerg Microbes Infect ; 10(1): 1669-1674, 2021 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34374631

RESUMO

To provide more complete data on SARS-CoV-2 infections in dogs and cats in the U.S., we conducted a serosurvey on convenience serum samples from dogs (n=1336) and cats (n=956) collected from 48 states of the USA in 2020. An ELISA targeting the antibody against nucleocapsid identified eleven positive and two doubtful samples in cats, and five positive and five doubtful samples in dogs. A surrogate neutralization assay detecting antibodies blocking the attachment of the spike protein to ACE2 was positive with three of the ELISA positive and doubtful samples, and one of 463 randomly selected ELISA negative samples. These four positive samples were confirmed by SARS-CoV-2 virus neutralization testing. All were from cats, in New York, Florida, and New Jersey (n=2). The serosurvey results, one of the largest yet completed on dogs and cats globally, support the OIE and CDC positions that currently there is no evidence that pets play a role in the spread of SARS CoV-2 in humans.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , COVID-19/veterinária , Doenças do Gato/epidemiologia , Doenças do Gato/imunologia , Doenças do Cão/epidemiologia , Doenças do Cão/imunologia , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Doenças do Gato/virologia , Gatos , Doenças do Cão/virologia , Cães , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática , Humanos , Testes de Neutralização , Vigilância em Saúde Pública , Estudos Soroepidemiológicos , Estados Unidos/epidemiologia
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 118(36)2021 09 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34417349

RESUMO

To investigate the evolution of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in the immune population, we coincupi bated the authentic virus with a highly neutralizing plasma from a COVID-19 convalescent patient. The plasma fully neutralized the virus for seven passages, but, after 45 d, the deletion of F140 in the spike N-terminal domain (NTD) N3 loop led to partial breakthrough. At day 73, an E484K substitution in the receptor-binding domain (RBD) occurred, followed, at day 80, by an insertion in the NTD N5 loop containing a new glycan sequon, which generated a variant completely resistant to plasma neutralization. Computational modeling predicts that the deletion and insertion in loops N3 and N5 prevent binding of neutralizing antibodies. The recent emergence in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, and Japan of natural variants with similar changes suggests that SARS-CoV-2 has the potential to escape an effective immune response and that vaccines and antibodies able to control emerging variants should be developed.


Assuntos
Substituição de Aminoácidos , Enzima de Conversão de Angiotensina 2/imunologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , COVID-19/imunologia , SARS-CoV-2/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Enzima de Conversão de Angiotensina 2/química , Enzima de Conversão de Angiotensina 2/genética , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/química , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/genética , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/farmacologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/química , Anticorpos Antivirais/genética , Anticorpos Antivirais/farmacologia , Sítios de Ligação , COVID-19/genética , COVID-19/virologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Convalescença , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Evasão da Resposta Imune , Soros Imunes/química , Modelos Moleculares , Mutação , Testes de Neutralização , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , SARS-CoV-2/efeitos dos fármacos , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , SARS-CoV-2/patogenicidade , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Células Vero
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(16)2021 Aug 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34445789

RESUMO

The SARS-CoV-2 pseudovirus is a commonly used strategy that mimics certain biological functions of the authentic virus by relying on biological legitimacy at the molecular level. Despite the fact that spike (S), envelope (E), and membrane (M) proteins together wrap up the SARS-CoV-2 virion, most of the reported pseudotype viruses consist of only the S protein. Here, we report that the presence of E and M increased the virion infectivity by promoting the S protein priming. The S, E, and M (SEM)-coated pseudovirion is spherical, containing crown-like spikes on the surface. Both S and SEM pseudoviruses packaged the same amounts of viral RNA, but the SEM virus bound more efficiently to cells stably expressing the viral receptor human angiotensin-converting enzyme II (hACE2) and became more infectious. Using this SEM pseudovirus, we examined the infectivity and antigenic properties of the natural SARS-CoV-2 variants. We showed that some variants have higher infectivity than the original virus and that some render the neutralizing plasma with lower potency. These studies thus revealed possible mechanisms of the dissemination advantage of these variants. Hence, the SEM pseudovirion provides a useful tool to evaluate the viral infectivity and capability of convalescent sera in neutralizing specific SARS-CoV-2 S dominant variants.


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Anticorpos Antivirais/metabolismo , COVID-19/imunologia , Proteínas do Envelope de Coronavírus/metabolismo , SARS-CoV-2/patogenicidade , Proteínas da Matriz Viral/metabolismo , Enzima de Conversão de Angiotensina 2/metabolismo , Animais , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , COVID-19/sangue , COVID-19/virologia , Linhagem Celular , Proteínas do Envelope de Coronavírus/genética , Proteínas do Envelope de Coronavírus/imunologia , Proteínas do Envelope de Coronavírus/ultraestrutura , Cricetinae , Humanos , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Mutação , Testes de Neutralização , SARS-CoV-2/genética , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Proteínas da Matriz Viral/genética , Proteínas da Matriz Viral/imunologia , Proteínas da Matriz Viral/ultraestrutura , Vírion/genética , Vírion/imunologia , Vírion/metabolismo , Vírion/ultraestrutura
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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol ; 105(18): 6547-6557, 2021 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34448897

RESUMO

Rabies is an ancient fatal disease with no other available treatment than post-exposure vaccination, where the bite of infected animals, mainly dogs, is the leading cause of its transmission to human beings. In this context, global vaccination campaigns of companion animals, as well as wildlife reservoirs vaccination, are key factors to achieve the "Zero by 30" plan that pursues the eradication of dog-mediated human rabies by 2030. Rabies virus-neutralizing antibodies (VNAs) play an essential role in the disease protection, as it correlates with an adequate immune response and allows evaluating pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis efficacy. Hence, counting with reliable, accurate, and robust serological tests is of paramount importance. Currently, RFFIT and FAVN are the gold standard VNAs tests recommended by both the WHO and the OIE. Despite these methodologies are efficient and widely used, they present several drawbacks, as they are less easily to standardize and require the use of live rabies virus, containment facilities, and skilled professionals. Thus, in this review, we describe the state-of-the-art of alternative analytical methodologies currently available for rabies serology, with novel approaches based on pseudotyped recombinant viruses and emphasizing in the antigen binding methodologies that detect and quantify antibodies against the rabies glycoprotein. We discussed the wide range of assays that are interesting tools for a faster measurement of anti-rabies glycoprotein antibodies and, in some cases, less complex and more versatile than the gold standard methods. Finally, we discussed the key issues during the design and optimization steps of ELISA assays, highlighting the importance of validation and standardization procedures to improve rabies serology tests and, as a consequence, their results. KEY POINTS: • An exhaustive revision of rabies serology testing was made. • No rabies serology assay can be thought as better than others for all intents and purposes. • The validation procedure guarantees reliable and consistent results among the globe.


Assuntos
Vacinas Antirrábicas , Vírus da Raiva , Raiva , Animais , Anticorpos Antivirais , Cães , Glicoproteínas , Testes de Neutralização , Raiva/prevenção & controle , Raiva/veterinária
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Viruses ; 13(8)2021 07 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34452287

RESUMO

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Most of the currently approved SARS-CoV-2 vaccines use the prototype strain-derived spike (S) protein or its receptor-binding domain (RBD) as the vaccine antigen. The emergence of several novel SARS-CoV-2 variants has raised concerns about potential immune escape. In this study, we performed an immunogenicity comparison of prototype strain-derived RBD, S1, and S ectodomain trimer (S-trimer) antigens and evaluated their induction of neutralizing antibodies against three circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants, including B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and B.1.617.1. We found that, at the same antigen dose, the RBD and S-trimer vaccines were more potent than the S1 vaccine in eliciting long-lasting, high-titer broadly neutralizing antibodies in mice. The RBD immune sera remained highly effective against the B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and B.1.617.1 variants despite the corresponding neutralizing titers decreasing by 1.2-, 2.8-, and 3.5-fold relative to that against the wild-type strain. Significantly, the S-trimer immune sera exhibited comparable neutralization potency (less than twofold variation in neutralizing GMTs) towards the prototype strain and all three variants tested. These findings provide valuable information for further development of recombinant protein-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and support the continued use of currently approved SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in the regions/countries where variant viruses circulate.


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Anticorpos Amplamente Neutralizantes/imunologia , Vacinas contra COVID-19/imunologia , COVID-19/virologia , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , COVID-19/imunologia , COVID-19/prevenção & controle , Vacinas contra COVID-19/genética , Humanos , Camundongos , Testes de Neutralização , SARS-CoV-2/classificação , SARS-CoV-2/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Vacinas Sintéticas/genética , Vacinas Sintéticas/imunologia
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Viruses ; 13(8)2021 07 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34452380

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SARS-CoV-2 spike is evolving to maximize transmissibility and evade the humoral response. The massive genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 isolates has led to the identification of single-point mutations and deletions, often having the recurrence of hotspots, associated with advantageous phenotypes. We report the isolation and molecular characterization of a SARS-CoV-2 strain, belonging to a lineage (C.36) not previously associated with concerning traits, which shows decreased susceptibility to vaccine sera neutralization.


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COVID-19/virologia , SARS-CoV-2/isolamento & purificação , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Humanos , Itália , Mutação , Testes de Neutralização , Filogenia , SARS-CoV-2/classificação , SARS-CoV-2/genética , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia
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J Clin Lab Anal ; 35(9): e23921, 2021 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34369009

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is currently ongoing, meanwhile vaccinations are rapidly underway in some countries. The quantitative immunoassays detecting antibodies against spike antigen of SARS-CoV-2 have been developed based on the findings that they have a better correlation with the neutralizing antibody. METHODS: The performances of the Abbott Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgG II Quant, DiaSorin LIAISON SARS-CoV-2 TrimericS IgG, and Roche Elecsys anti-SARS-CoV-2 S were evaluated on 173 sera from 126 SARS-CoV-2 patients and 151 pre-pandemic sera. Their correlations with GenScript cPass SARS-CoV-2 Neutralization Antibody Detection Kit were also analyzed on 173 sera from 126 SARS-CoV-2 patients. RESULTS: Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgG II Quant and Elecsys anti-SARS-CoV-2 S showed the highest overall sensitivity (96.0%), followed by LIAISON SARS-CoV-2 TrimericS IgG (93.6%). The specificities of Elecsys anti-SARS-CoV-2 S and LIAISON SARS-CoV-2 TrimericS IgG were 100.0%, followed by Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgG II Quant (99.3%). Regarding the correlation with cPass neutralization antibody assay, LIAISON SARS-CoV-2 TrimericS IgG showed the best correlation (Spearman rho = 0.88), followed by Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgG II Quant and Elecsys anti-SARS-CoV-2 S (all rho = 0.87). CONCLUSIONS: The three automated quantitative immunoassays showed good diagnostic performance and strong correlations with neutralization antibodies. These assays will be useful in diagnostic assistance, evaluating the response to vaccination, and the assessment of herd immunity in the future.


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Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Teste Sorológico para COVID-19/métodos , COVID-19/virologia , Imunoensaio/métodos , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/sangue , Teste Sorológico para COVID-19/instrumentação , Humanos , Imunoglobulina G/sangue , Testes de Neutralização , Curva ROC , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Testes Sorológicos
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Nat Commun ; 12(1): 5135, 2021 08 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34446720

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SARS-CoV-2 and its variants continue to infect hundreds of thousands every day despite the rollout of effective vaccines. Therefore, it is essential to understand the levels of protection that these vaccines provide in the face of emerging variants. Here, we report two demographically balanced cohorts of BNT162b2 vaccine recipients and COVID-19 patients, from which we evaluate neutralizing antibody titers against SARS-CoV-2 as well as the B.1.1.7 (alpha) and B.1.351 (beta) variants. We show that both B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 are less well neutralized by serum from vaccinated individuals, and that B.1.351, but not B.1.1.7, is less well neutralized by convalescent serum. We also find that the levels of variant-specific anti-spike antibodies are proportional to neutralizing activities. Together, our results demonstrate the escape of the emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants from neutralization by serum antibodies, which may lead to reduced protection from re-infection or increased risk of vaccine breakthrough.


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Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Vacinas contra COVID-19/imunologia , COVID-19/imunologia , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/sangue , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , COVID-19/sangue , COVID-19/prevenção & controle , COVID-19/virologia , Vacinas contra COVID-19/administração & dosagem , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Testes de Neutralização , SARS-CoV-2/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Vacinação , Adulto Jovem
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Viruses ; 13(8)2021 08 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34452443

RESUMO

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is the seventh identified human coronavirus. Understanding the extent of pre-existing immunity induced by seropositivity to endemic seasonal coronaviruses and the impact of cross-reactivity on COVID-19 disease progression remains a key research question in immunity to SARS-CoV-2 and the immunopathology of COVID-2019 disease. This paper describes a panel of lentiviral pseudotypes bearing the spike (S) proteins for each of the seven human coronaviruses (HCoVs), generated under similar conditions optimized for high titre production allowing a high-throughput investigation of antibody neutralization breadth. Optimal production conditions and most readily available permissive target cell lines were determined for spike-mediated entry by each HCoV pseudotype: SARS-CoV-1, SARS-CoV-2 and HCoV-NL63 best transduced HEK293T/17 cells transfected with ACE2 and TMPRSS2, HCoV-229E and MERS-CoV preferentially entered HUH7 cells, and CHO cells were most permissive for the seasonal betacoronavirus HCoV-HKU1. Entry of ACE2 using pseudotypes was enhanced by ACE2 and TMPRSS2 expression in target cells, whilst TMPRSS2 transfection rendered HEK293T/17 cells permissive for HCoV-HKU1 and HCoV-OC43 entry. Additionally, pseudotype viruses were produced bearing additional coronavirus surface proteins, including the SARS-CoV-2 Envelope (E) and Membrane (M) proteins and HCoV-OC43/HCoV-HKU1 Haemagglutinin-Esterase (HE) proteins. This panel of lentiviral pseudotypes provides a safe, rapidly quantifiable and high-throughput tool for serological comparison of pan-coronavirus neutralizing responses; this can be used to elucidate antibody dynamics against individual coronaviruses and the effects of antibody cross-reactivity on clinical outcome following natural infection or vaccination.


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Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Anticorpos Amplamente Neutralizantes/imunologia , COVID-19/imunologia , Coronavirus/imunologia , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Anticorpos Amplamente Neutralizantes/sangue , Linhagem Celular , Coronavirus Humano 229E/imunologia , Coronavirus Humano 229E/fisiologia , Coronavirus Humano NL63/imunologia , Coronavirus Humano NL63/fisiologia , Coronavirus Humano OC43/imunologia , Coronavirus Humano OC43/fisiologia , Reações Cruzadas , Humanos , Lentivirus/genética , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/imunologia , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/fisiologia , Testes de Neutralização , Plasmídeos , SARS-CoV-2/fisiologia , Transfecção , Internalização do Vírus
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Viruses ; 13(8)2021 08 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34452461

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The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by SARS-CoV-2, has rapidly spread to more than 222 countries and has put global public health at high risk. The world urgently needs cost-effective and safe SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, antiviral, and therapeutic drugs to control it. In this study, we engineered the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein and produced it in the plant Nicotiana benthamiana in a glycosylated and deglycosylated form. Expression levels of both glycosylated (gRBD) and deglycosylated (dRBD) RBD were greater than 45 mg/kg fresh weight. The purification yields were 22 mg of pure protein/kg of plant biomass for gRBD and 20 mg for dRBD, which would be sufficient for commercialization of these vaccine candidates. The purified plant-produced RBD protein was recognized by an S protein-specific monoclonal antibody, demonstrating specific reactivity of the antibody to the plant-produced RBD proteins. The SARS-CoV-2 RBD showed specific binding to angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), the SARS-CoV-2 receptor. In mice, the plant-produced RBD antigens elicited high titers of antibodies with a potent virus-neutralizing activity. To our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating that mice immunized with plant-produced deglycosylated RBD form elicited high titer of RBD-specific antibodies with potent neutralizing activity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Thus, obtained data support that plant-produced glycosylated and in vivo deglycosylated RBD antigens, developed in this study, are promising vaccine candidates for the prevention of COVID-19.


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Anticorpos Neutralizantes/sangue , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Enzima de Conversão de Angiotensina 2/metabolismo , Animais , Anticorpos Monoclonais/imunologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Glicosilação , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Testes de Neutralização , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , Engenharia de Proteínas , Estabilidade Proteica , Receptores de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/química , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Tabaco/genética , Tabaco/metabolismo , Células Vero
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mBio ; 12(4): e0100221, 2021 08 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34311574

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After first emerging in late 2019 in China, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has since caused a pandemic leading to millions of infections and deaths worldwide. Vaccines have been developed and authorized, but the supply of these vaccines is currently limited. With new variants of the virus now emerging and spreading globally, it is essential to develop therapeutics that are broadly protective and bind conserved epitopes in the receptor binding domain (RBD) or the full-length spike protein of SARS-CoV-2. In this study, we generated mouse monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against different epitopes on the RBD and assessed binding and neutralization of authentic SARS-CoV-2. We demonstrate that antibodies with neutralizing activity, but not nonneutralizing antibodies, lower viral titers in the lungs when administered in a prophylactic setting in vivo in a mouse challenge model. In addition, most of the MAbs cross-neutralize the B.1.351 as well as the B.1.1.7 variant in vitro. IMPORTANCE Cross-neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 variants by RBD-targeting antibodies is still not well understood, and very little is known about the potential protective effect of nonneutralizing antibodies in vivo. Using a panel of mouse monoclonal antibodies, we investigate both of these points.


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Enzima de Conversão de Angiotensina 2/imunologia , Anticorpos Monoclonais/imunologia , Anticorpos Monoclonais/farmacologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Receptores Virais/imunologia , Enzima de Conversão de Angiotensina 2/genética , Animais , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/farmacologia , COVID-19/tratamento farmacológico , Chlorocebus aethiops , Feminino , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Testes de Neutralização , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos/imunologia , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Células Vero , Carga Viral
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MAbs ; 13(1): 1953683, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34313527

RESUMO

The global pandemic of COVID-19 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has resulted in widespread social and economic disruption. Effective interventions are urgently needed for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have demonstrated their prophylactic and therapeutic efficacy against SARS-CoV-2, and several have been granted authorization for emergency use. Here, we discover and characterize a fully human cross-reactive mAb, MW06, which binds to both SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV spike receptor-binding domain (RBD) and disrupts their interaction with angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors. Potential neutralization activity of MW06 was observed against both SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV in different assays. The complex structure determination and epitope alignment of SARS-CoV-2 RBD/MW06 revealed that the epitope recognized by MW06 is highly conserved among SARS-related coronavirus strains, indicating the potential broad neutralization activity of MW06. In in vitro assays, no antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of SARS-CoV-2 infection was observed for MW06. In addition, MW06 recognizes a different epitope from MW05, which shows high neutralization activity and has been in a Phase 2 clinical trial, supporting the development of the cocktail of MW05 and MW06 to prevent against future escaping variants. MW06 alone and the cocktail show good effects in preventing escape mutations, including a series of variants of concern, B.1.1.7, P.1, B.1.351, and B.1.617.1. These findings suggest that MW06 recognizes a conserved epitope on SARS-CoV-2, which provides insights for the development of a universal antibody-based therapy against SARS-related coronavirus and emerging variant strains, and may be an effective anti-SARS-CoV-2 agent.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Monoclonais/imunologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , COVID-19/imunologia , COVID-19/virologia , Vírus da SARS/imunologia , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Anticorpos Monoclonais/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/química , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Antivirais/química , Anticorpos Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Facilitadores , COVID-19/tratamento farmacológico , COVID-19/terapia , Sequência Conservada , Reações Cruzadas , Epitopos/química , Epitopos/genética , Epitopos/imunologia , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Testes de Neutralização , Pandemias , Domínios Proteicos , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Vírus da SARS/química , Vírus da SARS/genética , SARS-CoV-2/química , SARS-CoV-2/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia
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Cell Rep ; 36(2): 109353, 2021 07 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34237283

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 is one of three coronaviruses that have crossed the animal-to-human barrier and caused widespread disease in the past two decades. The development of a universal human coronavirus vaccine could prevent future pandemics. We characterize 198 antibodies isolated from four COVID-19+ subjects and identify 14 SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies. One targets the N-terminal domain (NTD), one recognizes an epitope in S2, and 11 bind the receptor-binding domain (RBD). Three anti-RBD neutralizing antibodies cross-neutralize SARS-CoV-1 by effectively blocking binding of both the SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 RBDs to the ACE2 receptor. Using the K18-hACE transgenic mouse model, we demonstrate that the neutralization potency and antibody epitope specificity regulates the in vivo protective potential of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. All four cross-neutralizing antibodies neutralize the B.1.351 mutant strain. Thus, our study reveals that epitopes in S2 can serve as blueprints for the design of immunogens capable of eliciting cross-neutralizing coronavirus antibodies.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Monoclonais/imunologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , COVID-19/imunologia , COVID-19/prevenção & controle , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Enzima de Conversão de Angiotensina 2/química , Enzima de Conversão de Angiotensina 2/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Antivirais/química , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Sítios de Ligação , Linhagem Celular , Reações Cruzadas , Epitopos/imunologia , Feminino , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Camundongos , Testes de Neutralização , Ligação Proteica/imunologia , Domínios Proteicos , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química
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Immunity ; 54(8): 1841-1852.e4, 2021 08 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34246326

RESUMO

Antibody titers against SARS-CoV-2 slowly wane over time. Here, we examined how time affects antibody potency. To assess the impact of antibody maturation on durable neutralizing activity against original SARS-CoV-2 and emerging variants of concern (VOCs), we analyzed receptor binding domain (RBD)-specific IgG antibodies in convalescent plasma taken 1-10 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection. Longitudinal evaluation of total RBD IgG and neutralizing antibody revealed declining total antibody titers but improved neutralization potency per antibody to original SARS-CoV-2, indicative of antibody response maturation. Neutralization assays with authentic viruses revealed that early antibodies capable of neutralizing original SARS-CoV-2 had limited reactivity toward B.1.351 (501Y.V2) and P.1 (501Y.V3) variants. Antibodies from late convalescents exhibited increased neutralization potency to VOCs, suggesting persistence of cross-neutralizing antibodies in plasma. Thus, maturation of the antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 potentiates cross-neutralizing ability to circulating variants, suggesting that declining antibody titers may not be indicative of declining protection.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , COVID-19/imunologia , COVID-19/virologia , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Anticorpos Monoclonais/imunologia , Especificidade de Anticorpos , COVID-19/epidemiologia , Humanos , Imunoglobulina G , Testes de Neutralização , SARS-CoV-2/genética , Carga Viral
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Immunity ; 54(8): 1853-1868.e7, 2021 08 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34331873

RESUMO

Antibodies elicited by infection accumulate somatic mutations in germinal centers that can increase affinity for cognate antigens. We analyzed 6 independent groups of clonally related severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) Spike receptor-binding domain (RBD)-specific antibodies from 5 individuals shortly after infection and later in convalescence to determine the impact of maturation over months. In addition to increased affinity and neutralization potency, antibody evolution changed the mutational pathways for the acquisition of viral resistance and restricted neutralization escape options. For some antibodies, maturation imposed a requirement for multiple substitutions to enable escape. For certain antibodies, affinity maturation enabled the neutralization of circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and heterologous sarbecoviruses. Antibody-antigen structures revealed that these properties resulted from substitutions that allowed additional variability at the interface with the RBD. These findings suggest that increasing antibody diversity through prolonged or repeated antigen exposure may improve protection against diversifying SARS-CoV-2 populations, and perhaps against other pandemic threat coronaviruses.


Assuntos
Afinidade de Anticorpos/imunologia , COVID-19/imunologia , COVID-19/virologia , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/imunologia , Mutação , SARS-CoV-2/genética , SARS-CoV-2/imunologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/química , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/química , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Antígenos Virais/química , Antígenos Virais/genética , Antígenos Virais/imunologia , Epitopos/química , Epitopos/imunologia , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Testes de Neutralização , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica , SARS-CoV-2/patogenicidade , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Virulência/genética
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Toxicon ; 200: 153-164, 2021 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34303716

RESUMO

We developed experimental equine polyvalent and monovalent antivenoms against the venoms of Micrurus (M.) fulvius, M. nigrocinctus and M. surinamensis and studied their immunochemical reactivity on the venoms used as immunogens and on M. pyrrhocryptus, M altirostris and M. balyocoriphus venoms. Assessment of the neutralizing capacity of the polyvalent experimental antivenom was based on inhibition of lethality (preincubation and rescue assay experiments in mice) and indirect hemolytic and phospholipase activities. The immunochemical reactivity and neutralizing capacity were compared with those of two therapeutic antivenoms used for the treatment of coral snake envenomation in North America and in Argentina. In general, the experimental antivenom conferred a comparable level of neutralization against the venoms used as immunogens when compared to the therapeutic antivenoms and a certain level of cross-neutralization against the other venoms. The results suggest the need for additional venoms in the immunogenic mixture used, in order to obtain a broad spectrum anti-Micrurus antivenom with a good neutralizing potency. Paraspecific neutralization of South American coral snake venoms, although present at a higher level than the neutralization conferred by available nonspecific Micrurus therapeutic antivenoms, was rather low in relation to the specific neutralizing capacity.


Assuntos
Cobras Corais , Mordeduras de Serpentes , Animais , Antivenenos/farmacologia , Antivenenos/uso terapêutico , Reações Cruzadas , Venenos Elapídicos , Elapidae , Cavalos , Camundongos , Testes de Neutralização
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