Antibodies are essential for immunity against , and protective mechanisms involve blocking of ehrlichial attachment or complement and Fcγ-receptor-dependent destruction. In this study, we determined that major outer membrane protein 1 (OMP-19) hypervariable region 1 (HVR1)-specific human monoclonal antibodies (huMAbs) are protective through conventional extracellular neutralization and, more significantly, through a novel intracellular TRIM21-mediated mechanism. Addition of OMP-1-specific huMAb EHRL-15 (IgG1) prevented infection by blocking attachment/entry, a mechanism previously reported; conversely, OMP-1-specific huMAb EHRL-4 (IgG3) engaged intracellular TRIM21 and initiated an immediate innate immune response and rapid intracellular degradation of ehrlichiae. EHRL-4-TRIM21-mediated inhibition was significantly impaired in TRIM21 knockout THP-1 cells. EHRL-4 interacted with cytosolic Fc receptor TRIM21, observed by confocal microscopy and confirmed by co-immunoprecipitation. -EHRL-4-TRIM21 complexes caused significant upregulation of proinflammatory cytokine/chemokine transcripts and resulted in rapid (