Recapitulation of HIV-1 Env-antibody coevolution in macaques leading to neutralization breadth.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Science (2020)


<p>Neutralizing antibodies elicited by HIV-1 coevolve with viral envelope proteins (Env) in distinctive patterns, in some cases acquiring substantial breadth. We report that primary HIV-1 envelope proteins-when expressed by simian-human immunodeficiency viruses in rhesus macaques-elicited patterns of Env-antibody coevolution strikingly similar to those in humans. This included conserved immunogenetic, structural and chemical solutions to epitope recognition and precise Env-am ino acid substitutions, insertions and deletions leading to virus persistence. The structure of one rhesus antibody, capable of neutralizing 49% of a 208-strain panel, revealed a V2-apex mode of recognition like that of human bNAbs PGT145/PCT64-35S. Another rhesus antibody bound the CD4-binding site by CD4 mimicry mirroring human bNAbs 8ANC131/CH235/VRC01. Virus-antibody coevolution in macaques can thus recapitulate developmental features of human bNAbs, thereby guiding HIV-1 immunogen design.</p>