Implications of broadly neutralizing antibodies in the development of a universal influenza vaccine

Curr Opin Virol. 2016 Apr;17:110-115. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2016.03.002. Epub 2016 Mar 28.


Serum antibodies are the major correlate of influenza vaccine efficacy, providing short-term protection against infection. Recent efforts have been focused on studying antibody responses at a monoclonal level to understand their role in protection against influenza, and to ultimately improve vaccine strategies to provide broader, long-term immunity against influenza virus. These studies have shown that broadly neutralizing antibodies specific for the conserved stem domain of the hemagglutinin protein can target multiple strains of influenza. These antibodies show great promise both from a therapeutic perspective as well as for guiding vaccine design efforts. In this review, we will summarize past and recent findings about broadly neutralizing antibodies against influenza, and discuss how these findings may guide development of universal vaccine strategies.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology*
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing / blood*
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing / chemistry
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing / immunology*
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing / isolation & purification
  • Antibodies, Viral / blood*
  • Antibodies, Viral / immunology*
  • Drug Design
  • Drug Discovery
  • Hemagglutinin Glycoproteins, Influenza Virus / chemistry
  • Hemagglutinin Glycoproteins, Influenza Virus / genetics
  • Hemagglutinin Glycoproteins, Influenza Virus / immunology
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Memory
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype / immunology
  • Influenza Vaccines / immunology*
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
  • Influenza, Human / virology
  • Mice
  • Orthomyxoviridae Infections / immunology
  • Orthomyxoviridae Infections / prevention & control
  • Orthomyxoviridae Infections / virology


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing
  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Hemagglutinin Glycoproteins, Influenza Virus
  • Influenza Vaccines