Using our gp120/41-expressing, NK cell activity-resistant CEM.NK R cell clones as targets in HIV-1-specific antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) assays, we demonstrate here that the serum titers of anti-HIV-1 ADCC antibodies bear a significant (P < 0.05) positive correlation with the peripheral blood CD4+ T cell counts and a negative one with the number of copies of HIV-1 RNA in the plasma of HIV-infected individuals. These findings underscore the importance of these antibodies as a protective immune parameter in these infections.
- Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity
- CD4+ T cell counts
- Plasma HIV load