Monoclonal antibodies for prophylactic and therapeutic use against viral infections

Vaccine. 2013 Mar 15;31(12):1553-9. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.01.025. Epub 2013 Jan 29.


Neutralizing antibodies play an essential part in antiviral immunity and are instrumental in preventing or modulating viral diseases. Polyclonal antibody preparations are increasingly being replaced by highly potent monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Cocktails of mAbs and bispecific constructs can be used to simultaneously target multiple viral epitopes and to overcome issues of neutralization escape. Advances in antibody engineering have led to a large array of novel mAb formats, while deeper insight into the biology of several viruses and increasing knowledge of their neutralizing epitopes has extended the list of potential targets. In addition, progress in developing inexpensive production platforms will make antiviral mAbs more widely available and affordable.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing / immunology
  • Antibodies, Viral / immunology
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immunization, Passive
  • Protein Engineering
  • Virus Diseases / prevention & control
  • Virus Diseases / therapy*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing
  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Antiviral Agents