Samer Sourial

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The mechanisms behind the resistance to human immunodeficiency virus type 2 (HIV-2) infection are still not fully understood. In the present study, we explored the HIV-2-specific humoral serum immunoglobulin A (IgA) immune response in HIV-2-exposed IgG-seronegative (EGSN) individuals. Serum samples from heterosexual EGSN individuals and their known(More)
In the present study, we sought to define the importance of serum IgA (sIgA)-mediated immunity in HIV-2 infection. Serum samples from a total of 29 HIV-2-infected patients from Guinea-Bissau (n = 20) and Portugal (n = 9) were studied. Samples from seronegative individuals were used as controls. Antibody reactivity to native and recombinant envelope(More)
Previous analyses of HIV-1 surface glycoprotein indicate that both the V1/V2 region and the interaction of gp120 with CD4 influence the accessibility of the V3 region on gp120. In this study we investigated the accessibility of the V3 region of HIV-2 recombinant gp125 proteins using V3-specific mAbs (7C8 and 3C4) and analyzed the binding kinetics of soluble(More)
The V3 region of both HIV-1 gp120 and HIV-2 gp125 surface glycoprotein has been described as a target for neutralizing antibodies. In this study a conformation-sensitive (3C4) and a linear site-specific (7C8) anti-HIV-2 V3 monoclonal antibody (mAb) were characterized. The neutralization capacity of the purified mAbs and their respective papain-generated Fab(More)
The envelope of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the main target for neutralizing antibodies. We report the cloning, purification, and characterization of two recombinant forms of the envelope glycoprotein gp125 from a primary HIV-2SBL-6669 isolate. Both constructs were truncated at the N- and C-termini, and in the gp125deltav1v2 construct the(More)
7C8 is a mouse monoclonal antibody that is specific for the third hypervariable loop (V3 loop) of the human immunodeficiency virus type 2 (HIV-2) associated protein gp125. Fab fragments of 7C8 effectively neutralize HIV-2. 7C8 was expressed and purified from a hybridoma cell line in order to establish the molecular basis underlying the specificity of the(More)
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