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Analysis of the Ontogeny of the Murine Humoral Response to Neisseria meningitidis B Capsular Polysaccharide Reveals Levels of Complexity Relevant to Vaccine Development

Jesús Colino and Ingrid Outschoorn
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Vol. 184, No. 12 (Dec. 15, 2001), pp. 1538-1547
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30137601
Page Count: 10
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Analysis of the Ontogeny of the Murine Humoral Response to Neisseria meningitidis B Capsular Polysaccharide Reveals Levels of Complexity Relevant to Vaccine Development
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Abstract

Although purified capsular polysaccharide of Neisseria meningitidis group B (CpsB) is not immunogenic at any age, CpsB on the bacterial surface elicits antibody responses late in ontogeny. Therefore, a detailed analysis of the ontogeny of the murine anti-CpsB response to N. meningitidis could determine key parameters regarding the poor immunogenicity of CpsB. The effects of bacterial dose, hyperimmunization, age, and sex on the induction of primary and secondary anti-CpsB immunoglobulin isotype profiles were studied. It was demonstrated that the timing and repetition of immunization and of the bacterial dose have a marked differential effect on the primary induction of anti-CpsB immunoglobulin isotypes and on the ability to induce anti-CpsB antibody responses after subsequent rechallenge. It is noteworthy that the ontogeny of the response is related to the appearance of natural anti-CpsB antibodies, but this is not associated with the presence of CpsB cross-reactive antigens in the microflora.

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