Structural perspectives of antibody-dependent enhancement of infection of dengue virus

Curr Opin Virol. 2019 Jun:36:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2019.02.002. Epub 2019 Mar 4.


Dengue virus (DENV) consists of four serotypes. Sequential serotype infections can cause increased disease severity, likely due to antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of infection. Here, we review two recent papers showing major advancements in the understanding of the ADE mechanism for both mature and immature DENV. The surface of both mature and immature DENV contains E and another protein - M in mature and prM in immature virus. On mature DENV, the orientation of anti-E antibody with respect to the virus surface determines the antibody enhancement properties. On the immature virus, binding of anti-prM antibody aids the dissociation of pr from the fusion loop of E protein allowing virus-endosomal membrane interaction, thus overcoming the hurdle in the early step of fusion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Viral / immunology*
  • Antibody-Dependent Enhancement*
  • Dengue / virology
  • Dengue Virus / chemistry*
  • Dengue Virus / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Serogroup
  • Viral Structures / chemistry
  • Viral Structures / immunology


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Viral