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Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 2004 Jan;11(1):1-5.

Assignment of Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A, C, W135, and Y anticapsular total immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgG1, and IgG2 concentrations to reference sera.

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Vaccine Evaluation Department, Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WZ, United Kingdom.


Meningococcal serogroup-specific immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgG1, and IgG2 concentrations were assigned to three reference sera, CDC 1992, 89-SF, and 96/562, for meningococcal serogroups A, C, Y, and W135 via the method of cross standardization. The sum of the serogroup-specific IgG1 and IgG2 concentrations determined for the four meningococcal serogroups showed good agreement with the serogroup-specific IgG either determined here or as previously represented. Following the assignment of meningococcal serogroup-specific IgG1 and IgG2 concentration to these reference sera, a meningococcal serogroup-specific IgG1 and IgG2 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay protocol was developed. The serogroup A and C specific subclass distribution of a panel of adult sera collected following vaccination with any combination of meningococcal serogroup C conjugate, bivalent, or tetravalent polysaccharide vaccines was determined. For the determination of serogroup W135 and Y specific subclass distribution, an adolescent panel 28 days following a single dose of either tetravalent polysaccharide or conjugate vaccine was used. The sum of the serogroup-specific IgG1 and IgG2 showed strong correlation with the serogroup-specific total IgG determined. The assignment here of IgG1 and IgG2 subclasses to these reference sera will allow more detailed evaluation of meningococcal conjugate and polysaccharide vaccines.

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