Antibody therapeutics for Ebola virus disease

Curr Opin Virol. 2016 Apr:17:45-49. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2016.01.006. Epub 2016 Jan 27.


With the unprecedented scale of the 2014-2016 West Africa outbreak, the clinical and scientific community scrambled to identify potential therapeutics for Ebola virus disease (EVD). Passive administration of antibodies has a long successful history for prophylaxis and therapy of a variety of infectious diseases, but the importance of antibodies in EVD has been unclear and is the subject of some debate. Recent studies in non-human primates have renewed interest in the potential of antibodies to impact EVD. Currently ongoing clinical evaluation of polyclonal and monoclonal antibody therapy in EVD patients in West Africa may finally offer a definitive answer to this debate.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Ebolavirus / immunology*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / epidemiology
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / immunology
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Immunization, Passive* / methods
  • Macaca / immunology
  • Macaca / virology
  • Primates / immunology
  • Primates / virology
  • Viral Load


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal