A native-like SOSIP.664 trimer based on an HIV-1 subtype B env gene Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • HIV-1
  • env Gene Products, Human Immunodeficiency Virus


  • The cleaved, trimeric envelope protein complex is the only neutralizing antibody target on the HIV-1 surface. Many vaccine strategies are based on inducing neutralizing antibodies. For HIV-1, one approach involves using recombinant, soluble protein mimics of the native trimer. At present, the only reliable way to make native-like, soluble trimers in practical amounts is via the introduction of specific sequence changes that confer stability on the cleaved form of Env. The resulting proteins are known as SOSIP.664 gp140 trimers, and the current paradigm is based on the BG505 subtype A env gene. Here, we describe the production and characterization of a SOSIP.664 protein derived from a subtype B gene (B41), together with a simple, one-step method to purify native-like trimers by affinity chromatography with a trimer-specific bNAb, PGT145. The resulting trimers will be useful for structural and immunogenicity experiments aimed at devising ways to make an effective HIV-1 vaccine.

publication date

  • January 2015



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC4337520

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/JVI.03473-14

PubMed ID

  • 25589637

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 3380

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  • 95


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