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J Infect Dis. 1992 Dec;166(6):1335-9.

Characterization of the serum antibody response to the capsular polysaccharide of Haemophilus influenzae type b in children with invasive infections.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Göteborg, Sweden.

Abstract

The serum antibody response to the capsular polysaccharide of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) was studied in 30 children aged 1 day-5 years with invasive Hib infections. From each child, serum was obtained 0-2 days, 5-11 days, 1 month, and 6-12 months after onset of symptoms. Total antibodies were determined with RIA and isotypes with ELISA. Only 2 children had antibody levels above the estimated protective level (0.15 microgram/mL) in the first serum sample. The antibody response was age dependent with wide individual variations. Children > or = 2 years had increases in IgG, IgM, and IgA antibodies with predominance of IgG. The initial IgG response was IgG1 and IgG2 with predominance of IgG1. In the last serum sample, IgG1 antibodies had decreased while IgG2 antibodies remained unchanged. Only 2 of 7 children < 1 year had a detectable antibody response. The correlation coefficient for total antibodies compared with the sum of IgG, IgM, and IgA was .88 (P < .0001) and for IgG compared with the sum of IgG1 and IgG2 was .97 (P < .0001).

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