No licensed vaccine is available for prevention of EBV-associated diseases, and robust, high-throughput bioanalytical assays are needed to evaluate immunogenicity of gp350 subunit-based candidate EBV vaccines. Here we have developed an improved EBV-GFP based neutralization assay for such a vaccine's pre-clinical and clinical validation to measure EBV specific neutralizing antibodies in human donors. The supplementation of guinea pig complement of our previously published high-throughput EBV-GFP fluorescent focus (FFA)based neutralization assay allowed the detection of complement-dependent neutralizing antibodies using a panel of heat-inactivated healthy human sera. Anti-gp350 antibody titers, which were evaluated using a previously optimized anti-gp350 IgG ELISA assay, were moderately correlated to the FFA-based neutralization titers. Overall, this improved high-throughput neutralization assay is capable of characterizing the serologic neutralizing antibody response to natural EBV infection, with applications in evaluating EBV antibody status in epidemiologic studies and immunogenicity of candidate gp350-subunit EBV vaccines in clinical studies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases|
|State||Published - 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We thank Dr. Lindsey Hutt-Fletcher (Louisiana State University) for providing Akata-BX1-g cell line and SVK-CR2 cell line. We also thank Hong Jin (MedImmune/AstraZeneca) for editing the manuscript.
- Anti-gp350 IgG ELISA
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Neutralization assay
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article