Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 28630079
Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol 2017 Jun;
Most broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV-1 have in common an extreme degree of somatic hypermutation (SHM), which correlates with their ability to neutralize multiple viral strains. However, achieving such extreme SHM by immunization remains a challenge. Here, we discuss how antigenic variation during HIV-1 infection may work to exacerbate SHM by permitting multiple iterative cycles of affinity maturation in germinal centers, and speculate on how this could be recapitulated through vaccination.