Imperial College London

Steven Riley

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics



+44 (0)20 7594 2452s.riley




UG8Medical SchoolSt Mary's Campus






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author = {Hay, JA and Laurie, K and White, M and Riley, S},
doi = {10.1101/411751},
publisher = {Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory},
title = {Characterising antibody kinetics from multiple influenza infection and vaccination events in ferrets},
url = {},
year = {2018}

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AB - <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The strength and breadth of an individual’s antibody repertoire are important predictors of their response to influenza infection or vaccination. Although progress has been made in understanding qualitatively how repeated exposures shape the antibody mediated immune response, quantitative understanding remains limited. We developed a set of mathematical models describing short-term antibody kinetics following influenza infection or vaccination and fit them to haemagglutination inhibition (HI) titres from 5 groups of ferrets which were exposed to different combinations of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV with or without adjuvant), A/H3N2 priming inoculation and post-vaccination A/H1N1 inoculation. We fit models with various immunological mechanisms that have been empirically observed but are yet to be included in mathematical models of antibody landscapes, including titre ceiling effects, antigenic seniority and exposure-type specific cross reactivity. Based on the parameter estimates of the best supported models, we describe a number of key immunological features. We found quantifiable differences in the degree of homologous and cross-reactive antibody boosting elicited by different exposure types. Infection and adjuvanted vaccination generally resulted in strong, broadly reactive responses whereas unadjuvanted vaccination resulted in a weak, narrow response. We found that the order of exposure mattered: priming with A/H3N2 improved subsequent vaccine response, and the second dose of adjuvanted vaccination resulted in substantially greater antibody boosting than the first. Either antigenic seniority or a titre ceiling effect were included in the two best fitting models, suggesting that a mechanism describing diminishing antibody boosting with repeated exposures improved the predictive power of the model. Although there was considerable uncertainty in our estimates of antibody waning paramet
AU - Hay,JA
AU - Laurie,K
AU - White,M
AU - Riley,S
DO - 10.1101/411751
PB - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
PY - 2018///
TI - Characterising antibody kinetics from multiple influenza infection and vaccination events in ferrets
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ER -