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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 148(6): 1481-1492.e2, 2021 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1555521

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Understanding the complexities of immune memory to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is key to gain insights into the durability of protective immunity against reinfection. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 in convalescent patients with longer follow-up time. METHODS: SARS-CoV-2-specific humoral and cellular responses were assessed in convalescent patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at 1 year postinfection. RESULTS: A total of 78 convalescent patients with COVID-19 (26 moderate, 43 severe, and 9 critical) were recruited after 1 year of recovery. The positive rates of both anti-receptor-binding domain and antinucleocapsid antibodies were 100%, whereas we did not observe a statistical difference in antibody levels among different severity groups. Accordingly, the prevalence of neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) reached 93.59% in convalescent patients. Although nAb titers displayed an increasing trend in convalescent patients with increased severity, the difference failed to achieve statistical significance. Notably, there was a significant correlation between nAb titers and anti-receptor-binding domain levels. Interestingly, SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells could be robustly maintained in convalescent patients, and their number was positively correlated with both nAb titers and anti-receptor-binding domain levels. Amplified SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4+ T cells mainly produced a single cytokine, accompanying with increased expression of exhaustion markers including PD-1, Tim-3, TIGIT, CTLA-4, and CD39, while the proportion of multifunctional cells was low. CONCLUSIONS: Robust SARS-CoV-2-specific humoral and cellular responses are maintained in convalescent patients with COVID-19 at 1 year postinfection. However, the dysfunction of SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4+ T cells supports the notion that vaccination is needed in convalescent patients for preventing reinfection.


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Antibodies, Neutralizing/analysis , COVID-19/blood , COVID-19/therapy , Immunologic Memory , Adult , Antibodies, Neutralizing/blood , Antibodies, Viral/immunology , COVID-19/epidemiology , Convalescence , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2/immunology
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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 148(6): 1481-1492.e2, 2021 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1428085

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Understanding the complexities of immune memory to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is key to gain insights into the durability of protective immunity against reinfection. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 in convalescent patients with longer follow-up time. METHODS: SARS-CoV-2-specific humoral and cellular responses were assessed in convalescent patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at 1 year postinfection. RESULTS: A total of 78 convalescent patients with COVID-19 (26 moderate, 43 severe, and 9 critical) were recruited after 1 year of recovery. The positive rates of both anti-receptor-binding domain and antinucleocapsid antibodies were 100%, whereas we did not observe a statistical difference in antibody levels among different severity groups. Accordingly, the prevalence of neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) reached 93.59% in convalescent patients. Although nAb titers displayed an increasing trend in convalescent patients with increased severity, the difference failed to achieve statistical significance. Notably, there was a significant correlation between nAb titers and anti-receptor-binding domain levels. Interestingly, SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells could be robustly maintained in convalescent patients, and their number was positively correlated with both nAb titers and anti-receptor-binding domain levels. Amplified SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4+ T cells mainly produced a single cytokine, accompanying with increased expression of exhaustion markers including PD-1, Tim-3, TIGIT, CTLA-4, and CD39, while the proportion of multifunctional cells was low. CONCLUSIONS: Robust SARS-CoV-2-specific humoral and cellular responses are maintained in convalescent patients with COVID-19 at 1 year postinfection. However, the dysfunction of SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4+ T cells supports the notion that vaccination is needed in convalescent patients for preventing reinfection.


Subject(s)
Antibodies, Neutralizing/analysis , COVID-19/blood , COVID-19/therapy , Immunologic Memory , Adult , Antibodies, Neutralizing/blood , Antibodies, Viral/immunology , COVID-19/epidemiology , Convalescence , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2/immunology
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