Maternally Acquired Zika Antibodies Enhance Dengue Disease Severity in Mice

Angela M. Fowler, William W. Tang, Matthew P. Young, Anila Mamidi, Karla M. Viramontes, Melanie D. McCauley, Aaron F. Carlin, Robert T. Schooley, Jesica Swanstrom, Ralph S. Baric, Jennifer Govero, Michael S. Diamond, Sujan Shresta

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Antibody (Ab)-dependent enhancement can exacerbate dengue virus (DENV) infection due to cross-reactive Abs from an initial DENV infection, facilitating replication of a second DENV. Zika virus (ZIKV) emerged in DENV-endemic areas, raising questions about whether existing immunity could affect these related flaviviruses. We show that mice born with circulating maternal Abs against ZIKV develop severe disease upon DENV infection. Compared with pups of naive mothers, those born to ZIKV-immune mice lacking type I interferon receptor in myeloid cells (LysMCre+Ifnar1fl/fl) exhibit heightened disease and viremia upon DENV infection. Passive transfer of IgG isolated from mice born to ZIKV-immune mothers resulted in increased viremia in naive recipient mice. Treatment with Abs blocking inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor linked to DENV disease or Abs blocking DENV entry improved survival of DENV-infected mice born to ZIKV-immune mothers. Thus, the maternal Ab response to ZIKV infection or vaccination might predispose to severe dengue disease in infants. The emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in dengue virus (DENV)-endemic regions raises questions regarding the impact of ZIKV immunity on DENV disease severity. Fowler, Tang et al. developed a mouse model to demonstrate ZIKV maternal antibody-mediated enhancement of DENV infection and pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-750.e5
JournalCell Host and Microbe
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 14 2018


  • Zika
  • antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE)
  • dengue
  • maternal antibody
  • mouse model
  • viral pathogenesis

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    Fowler, A. M., Tang, W. W., Young, M. P., Mamidi, A., Viramontes, K. M., McCauley, M. D., Carlin, A. F., Schooley, R. T., Swanstrom, J., Baric, R. S., Govero, J., Diamond, M. S., & Shresta, S. (2018). Maternally Acquired Zika Antibodies Enhance Dengue Disease Severity in Mice. Cell Host and Microbe, 24(5), 743-750.e5.