Single human B cell-derived monoclonal anti-Candida antibodies enhance phagocytosis and protect against disseminated candidiasis

Fiona M Rudkin, Ingrida Raziunaite, Hillary Workman, Sosthene Essono, Rodrigo Belmonte, Donna M MacCallum, Elizabeth M Johnson, Lisete M Silva, Angelina S Palma, Ten Feizi, Allan Jensen, Lars P Erwig, Neil A R Gow

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The high global burden of over one million annual lethal fungal infections reflects a lack of protective vaccines, late diagnosis and inadequate chemotherapy. Here, we have generated a unique set of fully human anti-Candida monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) with diagnostic and therapeutic potential by expressing recombinant antibodies from genes cloned from the B cells of patients suffering from candidiasis. Single class switched memory B cells isolated from donors serum-positive for anti-Candida IgG were differentiated in vitro and screened against recombinant Candida albicans Hyr1 cell wall protein and whole fungal cell wall preparations. Antibody genes from Candida-reactive B cell cultures were cloned and expressed in Expi293F human embryonic kidney cells to generate a panel of human recombinant anti-Candida mAbs that demonstrate morphology-specific, high avidity binding to the cell wall. The species-specific and pan-Candida mAbs generated through this technology display favourable properties for diagnostics, strong opsono-phagocytic activity of macrophages in vitro, and protection in a murine model of disseminated candidiasis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5288
JournalNature Communications
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2018

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    Rudkin, F. M., Raziunaite, I., Workman, H., Essono, S., Belmonte, R., MacCallum, D. M., Johnson, E. M., Silva, L. M., Palma, A. S., Feizi, T., Jensen, A., Erwig, L. P., & Gow, N. A. R. (2018). Single human B cell-derived monoclonal anti-Candida antibodies enhance phagocytosis and protect against disseminated candidiasis. Nature Communications, 9, [5288].