Broadly neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) against the CD4 binding site of HIV gp120 (CD4bs) have provided important information for vaccine design. In this study, we combined deep sequencing and single memory B cell sorting to isolate CD4bs-directed NAbs from a Chinese HIV-1-infected elite neutralizer. We first performed 454 pyrosequencing to capture the IGHV1, IGKV, and IGLV germline gene families. IGHV1-2*02, the heavy chain germline V gene (V H ) of the CD4bs-directed bNAb VRC01, was found to have a relatively low somatic mutation rate. When an identity/divergence plot was used to interrogate the 454 sequencing data, no VRC01-like sequences were found within the dataset. We next used a pair of CD4bs-specific probes (RSC3/ΔRSC3) to sort the B cells from this Chinese donor and identified a CD4bs-directed Ab that showed limited neutralization capability. Interestingly, the VH gene of this weak NAb belongs to the IGHV5-51 lineage, with a somatic mutation rate of 7.99 %. Our study thus demonstrates that CD4bs-directed NAbs can be produced by rearrangement from other VH genes, such as IGHV5-51 in this donor, rather than IGHV1-2*02. The 454 sequencing data and NAb obtained from this study will provide useful insights into the CD4bs-directed B-cell response during HIV-1 infection as well as the diversity of neutralizing antibodies.
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 2016
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