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J Pediatr. 1975 Feb;86(2):207-11.

Defective antibody response to bacteriophage phichi 174 in Down syndrome.


Antibody responses to bacteriophage phichi 174 were studied in 17 institutionalized patients with trisomy 21 and in six mentally retarded control patients with normal karyotype. Primary antibody response was significantly impaired in 11 of the 17 patients. Secondary immune response was normal in one, moderately impaired in seven, and very low in nine patients. Tertiary immunization further differentiated the two groups: those with moderately impaired secondary immune responses developed normal serum titers of predominantly IgG antibody; patients with low secondary immune responses had extemely impaired tertiary immune responses consisting mainly of serum IgM antibody.

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