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J Immunoassay Immunochem. 2009;30(4):359-77. doi: 10.1080/15321810903187922.

Efficacy of passive immunization with IgY antibodies to a 58-kDa H. pylori antigen on severe gastritis in BALB/c mouse model.

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R&D Department, Biotechnology Research Center, New Damietta City, Egypt.


Consecutive triple doses of 1 x 10(8) CFU/mL of a pathogenic H. pylori strain isolated from stomach of Egyptian patients with severe gastritis were used to establish infection in BALB/c mice model. White Leghorn hens were immunized with H. pylori whole cell lysate (HpLysate) antigen and with a highly reactive 58-kDa H. pylori (Hp58) antigen. Two months later, IgY antibodies (IgY-HpLysate & IgY-Hp58) were purified from egg yolk and its efficacy was evaluated in the adopted model. Microbiological culture and immunohistochemical staining revealed that H. pylori infection was inhibited 1 week after oral passive immunization in 70% of infected BALB/c mice with a significant decrease (p < 0.05) in the degrees of gastritis. In conclusion, we have adapted BALB/c mice model for human H. pylori pathogenic strain and oral passive immunization with specific IgY antibodies to the 58-kDa antigen inhibited active H. pylori infection and decreased gastritis.

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