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Is It Possible to Develop a "Universal" Influenza Virus Vaccine? Outflanking Antibody Immunodominance on the Road to Universal Influenza Vaccination.

Review article
Authors Davide Angeletti
Jonathan W Yewdell
Published in Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in biology
Volume 10
Issue 7
ISSN 1943-0264
Publication year 2018
Published at
Language en
Subject categories Immunology in the medical area, Virology


Influenza remains a major human pathogen despite seasonal vaccination. At long last, there is energy and resources to develop influenza vaccines that provide more predictable and durable protection. Vaccines based on inducing antibodies to the conserved stem of the viral hemagglutinin (HA) have emerged as leading candidates for broadening population immunity and ultimately limiting antigenic drift. Here, we discuss the knowns and unknowns of HA-specific B-cell and antibody responses. In particular, we focus on how immunodominance sculpts antibody responses and drives antigenic drift. We propose a number of strategies to overcome immunodominance and improve the breadth and efficacy of antibody responses.

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