The importance of IgA in the protection and control of infectious diseases
The human body produces more IgA than any other immunoglobulin, especially in mucosal secretions. However, the importance of IgA in both protection from HIV-1 and control of HIV-1 disease progression is highly controversial. Results from the only protective human HIV vaccine trial associated plasma IgA with reduced vaccine efficacy. In contrast, recent studies suggest that mucosal HIV-specific IgA may be protective. This project aims to further explore the mechanisms behind both the protective and immunomodulatory role of IgA in the control of HIV-1 and other infectious diseases.
Kevin J Selva, Research Officer
Ester Lopez, Research Assistant
Samantha Davis, PhD student
Professor Stephen Kent, University of Melbourne
Professor Anthony Kelleher, Director, Kirby Institute, UNSW
Associate Professor Kelly Arnold, University of Michigan
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