Emerging concepts on the role of innate immunity in the prevention and control of HIV infection

Annu Rev Med. 2012:63:113-30. doi: 10.1146/annurev-med-050310-085221. Epub 2011 Nov 8.


While neutralizing antibodies can provide sterilizing protection from HIV infection via their variable domains, the antibody constant domain provides a functional link between innate and adaptive immunity and offers a means to harness the potent antiviral properties of a wide spectrum of innate immune effector cells. There has been a growing appreciation of the role of these effector mechanisms across fields from cancer immunotherapy to autoimmunity and infectious disease, as well as speculation that this mechanism may be responsible for the protection observed in the RV144 HIV vaccine trial. This review summarizes these extraneutralizing humoral immune activities, progress in defining the importance of these effector mechanisms during progression in HIV infection, and the potential impact that such vaccine-induced immune responses may have on protection from infection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • AIDS Vaccines / immunology*
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing / immunology*
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing / therapeutic use
  • HIV Infections / immunology*
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Innate / immunology*


  • AIDS Vaccines
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing