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J Infect Dis. 1996 Dec;174(6):1337-40.

Mechanism of antibody-mediated reduction of nasopharyngeal colonization by Haemophilus influenzae type b studied in an infant rat model.

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National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland.


The mechanism of antibody-mediated reduction of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) carriage was studied in the infant rat colonization model. Monoclonal Hib polysaccharide (PS) antibody (MAb) given intranasally or intraperitoneally and human secretory anti-Hib PS IgA given intranasally inhibited colonization by Hib during the entire follow-up period (2-48 h after challenge) but did not affect colonization by Hi, a noncapsulated variant of Hib. F(ab')2 fragments, prepared from the MAb or from human serum anti-Hib IgG reduced Hib colonization as efficiently as the uncleaved molecules. Complement depletion by cobra venom treatment had no effect on the antibody-mediated reduction of Hib colonization. These results indicate that Fc-mediated activities of immunoglobulins are not essential in the reduction of Hib colonization. Instead, antibodies to Hib most likely reduce colonization by a direct effect on growth of the bacteria or their adherence to the nasopharyngeal mucosa.

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