Wall SC, Suryadevara N, Kim C, Shiakolas AR, Holt CM, Irbe EB, Wasdin PT, Suresh YP, Binshtein E, Chen EC, Zost SJ, Canfield E, Crowe JE, Thompson-Arildsen MA, Sheward DJ, Carnahan RH, Georgiev IS
Cell Rep Med 4 (11) 101267 [2023-11-21; online 2023-11-06]
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, children have exhibited different susceptibility to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, reinfection, and disease compared with adults. Motivated by the established significance of SARS-CoV-2-neutralizing antibodies in adults, here we characterize SARS-CoV-2-specific antibody repertoires in a young cohort of individuals aged from 5 months to 18 years old. Our results show that neutralizing antibodies in children possess similar genetic features compared to antibodies identified in adults, with multiple antibodies from children belonging to previously established public antibody clonotypes in adults. Notably, antibodies from children show potent neutralization of circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants that have cumulatively resulted in resistance to virtually all approved monoclonal antibody therapeutics. Our results show that children can rely on similar SARS-CoV-2 antibody neutralization mechanisms compared to adults and are an underutilized source for the discovery of effective antibody therapeutics to counteract the ever-evolving pandemic.
sra: PRJNA1014462 Raw sequence reads related to SARS-CoV-2 antibodies from children exhibiting broad neutralisation.
SARS-CoV-2 spike in complex with Fab 71281-33.