Human neutralizing antibodies elicited by SARS-CoV-2 infection.Ju, B., Zhang, Q., Ge, J., Wang, R., Sun, J., Ge, X., Yu, J., Shan, S., Zhou, B., Song, S., Tang, X., Yu, J., Lan, J., Yuan, J., Wang, H., Zhao, J., Zhang, S., Wang, Y., Shi, X., Liu, L., Zhao, J., Wang, X., Zhang, Z., Zhang, L.
(2020) Nature 584: 115-119
- PubMed: 32454513
- DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2380-z
- Primary Citation of Related Structures:
- PubMed Abstract:
The emerging coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic presents a global health emergency in urgent need of interventions 1-3 . SARS-CoV-2 entry into the target cells depends on binding between the receptor-binding domain (RBD) of the viral Spike pr ...
The emerging coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic presents a global health emergency in urgent need of interventions 1-3 . SARS-CoV-2 entry into the target cells depends on binding between the receptor-binding domain (RBD) of the viral Spike protein and the ACE2 cell receptor 2,4-6 . Here, we report the isolation and characterization of 206 RBD-specific monoclonal antibodies derived from single B cells of eight SARS-CoV-2 infected individuals. We identified antibodies with potent anti-SARS-CoV-2 neutralization activity that correlates with their competitive capacity with ACE2 for RBD binding. Surprisingly, neither the anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies nor the infected plasma cross-reacted with SARS-CoV or MERS-CoV RBDs, although substantial plasma cross-reactivity to their trimeric Spike proteins was found. Crystal structure analysis of RBD-bound antibody revealed steric hindrance that inhibits viral engagement with ACE2 and thereby blocks viral entry. These findings suggest that anti-RBD antibodies are viral species-specific inhibitors. The antibodies identified here may be candidates for the development of SARS-CoV-2 clinical interventions.
Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Comprehensive AIDS Research Center, and Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Structural Biology, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China. email@example.com.