Scientists identify potent antibody that neutralizes HIV strains
An antibody from an HIV-infected person can potently neutralized 98 percent of HIV isolates nearly all HIV strains, discovered scientists from the National Institutes of Health.
The remarkable breadth and potency of this antibody, named N6, make it an attractive candidate for further development to potentially treat or prevent HIV infection, say the researchers.
The scientists, led by Mark Connors, M.D., of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), also tracked the evolution of N6 over time to understand how it developed the ability to potently neutralize nearly all HIV strains. This information will help inform the design of vaccines to elicit such broadly neutralizing antibodies.