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Vaccine. 2000 Jun 1;18(24):2704-12.

Safety and immunogenicity of an oral, inactivated enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli plus cholera toxin B subunit vaccine in Bangladeshi adults and children.

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International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh.


We have compared the B cell responses evoked in Bangladeshi, adults (n=11, median age 25 years) and children (n=21, median age 4.5 years), 7 days after intake of each of two doses of an oral, inactivated enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) vaccine composed of formalin-killed ETEC strains expressing the colonization factors, CFA/I, CFA/II and CFA/IV together with 1 mg of recombinant cholera toxin B-subunit (rCTB). The vaccine was well tolerated and only gave rise to negligible side effects. Peak antibody-secreting cell (ASC) response of the IgA isotype were seen 7 days after the first dose of the vaccine. The ASC responses to the different colonization factors (CFs) increased from a 29- to 46-fold (responder frequency 90-100%) in the adults and 13- to 24-fold (responder frequency 67-90%) in the children. The IgA-ASC response to rCTB also peaked after the first dose in the adults (426-fold, responder frequency 100%) and the children (46-fold, responder frequency 95%). Increased IgA antibody levels against CFA/I as well as IgA and IgG antibody levels to rCTB were seen in plasma after immunisation. About 86% of the children and 80% of the adults responded with faecal antibodies to rCTB, whereas about 67% of both groups responded to CFA/I. These results show that a single dose of the ETEC vaccine may elicit significant mucosal immune responses in both children and adults residing in an ETEC-endemic country such as Bangladesh.

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