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FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 2002 Oct 11;34(2):89-96.

Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B: laboratory correlates of protection.

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Department of Pediatrics, Sophia Children's Hospital/University Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Meningococcal disease in the Western countries is frequently caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B. Major efforts have been made to develop a safe and efficacious vaccine against this serogroup which is suitable for use in infants and young children. To assess the quality of the immune response after vaccination with candidate vaccines, laboratory correlates of protection are needed. For serogroups A and C, serum bactericidal activity (SBA) is a well established predictor for protection, but for serogroup B other mechanisms besides SBA may also be involved in conferring protection from disease. Several laboratory methods for identification and evaluation of the immunogenicity of possible vaccine antigens are described in this review.

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