Anti-HIV-1 antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity mediated by hyperimmune bovine colostrum IgG

Marit Kramski, Gregor F Lichtfuss, Marjon Navis, Gamze Isitman, Leia Wren, Grant Thomas Rawlin, Robert John Center, Anthony Jaworowski, Stephen J Kent, Damian F J Purcell

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Antibodies with antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) activity play an important role in protection against HIV-1 infection, but generating sufficient amounts of antibodies to study their protective efficacy is difficult. HIV-specific IgG can be easily and inexpensively produced in large quantities using bovine colostrum.We previously vaccinated cows with HIV-1 envelope gp140 and elicited high titers of anti-gp140-binding IgG in colostrum. In the present study, we determined whether bovine antibodies would also demonstrate specific cytotoxic activity. We found that bovine IgG bind to Fc?-receptors (Fc?Rs) on human neutrophils, monocytes, and NK cells in a dose-dependent manner. Antibody-dependent killing was observed in the presence of anti-HIV-1 colostrum IgG but not nonimmune colostrum IgG. Killing was dependent on Fc and Fc?R interaction since ADDC activity was not seen with F(ab?)2 fragments. ADCC activity was primarily mediated by CD14+ monocytes with Fc?RIIa (CD32a) as the major receptor responsible for monocyte-mediated ADCC in response to bovine IgG. In conclusion, we demonstrate that bovine anti-HIV colostrum IgG have robust HIV-1-specific ADCC activity and therefore offer a useful source of antibodies able to provide a rapid and potent response against HIV-1 infection. This could assist the development of novel Ab-mediated approaches for prevention of HIV-1 transmission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2771 - 2781
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Immunology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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