Structure-Based Design of a Fusion Glycoprotein Vaccine for Respiratory Syncytial Virus


Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of hospitalization for children under 5 years of age. We sought to engineer a viral antigen that provides greater protection than currently available vaccines and focused on antigenic site Ø, a metastable site specific to the prefusion state of the RSV fusion (F) glycoprotein, as this site is targeted by extremely potent RSV-neutralizing antibodies. Structure-based design yielded stabilized versions of RSV F that maintained antigenic site Ø when exposed to extremes of pH, osmolality, and temperature. Six RSV F crystal structures provided atomic-level data on how introduced cysteine residues and filled hydrophobic cavities improved stability. Immunization with site Ø-stabilized variants of RSV F in mice and macaques elicited levels of RSV-specific neutralizing activity many times the protective threshold.

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Submitter: Connie Wang

Submission Date: Nov. 30, 2016, 11:16 a.m.

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McLellan JS;Chen M;Joyce MG;Sastry M;Stewart-Jones GB;Yang Y;Zhang B;Chen L;Srivatsan S;Zheng A;Zhou T;Graepel KW;Kumar A;Moin S;Boyington JC;Chuang GY;Soto C;Baxa U;Bakker AQ;Spits H;Beaumont T;Zheng Z;Xia N;Ko SY;Todd JP;Rao S;Graham BS;Kwong PD,Science (2013) Structure-based design of a fusion glycoprotein vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus. PMID:24179220
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