Monoclonal Antibodies Specific for the E2 Glycoprotein of Hepatitis C Virus and Their Use in the Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus is an enveloped, single stranded RNA virus, approximately 50 nm in diameter, that has been classified as a separate genus in the Flaviviridae family. Most persons infected with hepatitis C virus develop chronic infection. These chronically infected individuals have a relatively high risk of developing chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the hepatitis C virus infection. The present invention relates to human monoclonal antibodies which exhibit immunological binding affinity for the hepatitis C virus E2 glycoprotein and are cross-reactive against different hepatitis C virus strains. These antibodies may be used in passive immunoprophylaxis for the prevention of hepatitis C virus infection and/or in passive immunotherapy for the treatment of hepatitis C.

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
  • In vitro diagnostic assay for identifying patients infected with hepatitis C virus and contaminated blood samples
  • Method of preventing infection using monoclonal antibodies that neutralize E2 glycoproteins from different genotypes of hepatitis C virus


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Intellectual Property:
US Pat: 6,924,362 issued 2005-08-02
PCT Application No. PCT/US01/45221 filed on 2001-11-30

DJ Schofield et al. Human monoclonal antibodies that react with the E2 glycoprotein of hepatitis C virus and possess neutralizing activity. Hepatology. 2005 Nov;42(5):1055-1062. PubMed abs

Collaboration Opportunity:

The NIAID Laboratory of Infectious Diseases is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate, or commercialize these monoclonal antibodies. For more information, please contact Robert H. Purcell, M.D., Co-chief, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 50 South Drive, Bldg. 50, Rm. 6523, Bethesda, MD 20892-8009; Phone (301) 496-5090; Fax (301) 402-0524.

Licensing Contact:
Peter Soukas, J.D.
Phone: 301-496-2644

OTT Reference No: E-017-2001-0
Updated: Jul 6, 2020