IAVI-led team defines new method that holds promise for HIV vaccine development
Posted: 17 April 2015 | Victoria White
A team lead by IAVI scientists has defined an additional way to generate trimers that could benefit future clinical development of HIV vaccines…
A team lead by International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) scientists has defined an additional way to generate trimers from the major HIV sub-types A, B and C, with scalable properties that could benefit future clinical development of HIV vaccine candidates designed to elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies.
The trimer is the critical target on the surface of HIV for such antibodies.
IAVI defined method represents an important platform for AIDS vaccine discovery
The new method represents an important platform for AIDS vaccine discovery, says Rich Wyatt, senior director, viral immunology, at IAVI’s Neutralizing Antibody Center (NAC) at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, CA. “These trimers also may be capable of expanding the range of trimers generated from additional HIV strains within each subtype,” he added.
“This new approach brings us a step closer to the goal of designing a vaccine which can elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV’s many strains,” said IAVI Chief Scientific Officer Wayne C. Koff.
Findings from the research have been published, “Cleavage-independent HIV-1 Env trimers engineered as soluble native spike mimetics for vaccine design“, in Cell Reports. The authors, who include NAC and other TSRI scientists, are in the process of preparing additional papers from this research.