λ light chain bias associated with enhanced binding and function of anti-HIV Env glycoprotein antibodies

Mohammad M. Sajadi*, Maham Farshidpour, Eric P. Brown, Xin Ouyang, Michael S. Seaman, Marzena Pazgier, Margaret E. Ackerman, Harriet Robinson, Georgia Tomaras, Matthew S. Parsons, Manhattan Charurat, Anthony L. Devico, Robert R. Redfield, George K. Lewis

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The humoral response to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains incompletely understood. In this report, we describe biased λ light chain use during the HIV Env glycoprotein (Env) response in HIV infection and vaccination. We examined HIV Env binding (and neutralization) in the context of light chain use in subjects with acute HIV infection, chronic HIV infection, and among HIV vaccinees. In all populations tested, there was a λ chain bias for HIV Env binding antibodies, compared with other HIV antigens (such as p24) or tetanus toxoid. In subjects with chronic HIV infection, a λ bias was noted for neutralization, with λ antibodies accounting for up to 90% of all neutralization activity observed. This is the first report of antibody function in a human infection being tied to light chain use. In HIV infection, antibodies expressing λ light chains tended to have longer CDRL3s, increased light chain contact with HIV Env, and less hypermutation in the heavy chain, compared with antibodies using the κ light chain. These data also support an evolutionary model for the understanding the various κ to λ light chain ratios observed across species and suggest that the λ light chain bias against HIV provides the host an advantage in developing a more efficient humoral response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-164
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume213
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HIV; humoral immunity; neutralization; antibody; light chain

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