Journal article

Influenza-Specific Antibody-Dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity: Toward a Universal Influenza Vaccine

Sinthujan Jegaskanda, Patrick C Reading, Stephen J Kent

Journal of Immunology | AMER ASSOC IMMUNOLOGISTS | Published : 2014


There is an urgent need for universal influenza vaccines that can control emerging pandemic influenza virus threats without the need to generate new vaccines for each strain. Neutralizing Abs to the influenza virus hemagglutinin glycoprotein are effective at controlling influenza infection but generally target highly variable regions. Abs that can mediate other functions, such as killing influenza-infected cells and activating innate immune responses (termed "Ab-dependent cellular cytotoxicity [ADCC]-mediating Abs"), may assist in protective immunity to influenza. ADCC-mediating Abs can target more conserved regions of influenza virus proteins and recognize a broader array of influenza strai..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Awards

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Awards 628331 and 1023294. The Melbourne World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health.