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J Infect Dis. 2019 Jan 29;219(4):578-581. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiy553.

FUT2 Secretor Status Is Not Associated With Oral Poliovirus Vaccine Immunogenicity in South Indian Infants.

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Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, St Mary's Campus, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.


FUT2 determines whether histo-blood group antigens are secreted at mucosal surfaces. Secretor status influences susceptibility to enteric viruses, potentially including oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). We performed a nested case-control study to determine the association between FUT2 genotype (single-nucleotide polymorphisms G428A, C302T, and A385T) and seroconversion among Indian infants who received a single dose of monovalent type 3 OPV. Secretor prevalence was 75% (89 of 118) in infants who seroconverted and 80% (97 of 122) in infants who did not seroconvert (odds ratio, 0.79; 95% confidence interval, .43-1.45). Our findings suggest that FUT2 genotype is not a key determinant of variation in OPV immunogenicity.

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