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Immunol Lett. 1998 Jul;62(3):145-9.

Immunoglobulin G subclass responses in mice immunized with plasmid DNA encoding the CFA/I fimbria of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli.

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Laborat├│rio de Fisiologia Celular, Instituto de Biofisica Carlos Chagas Filho, UFRJ-CCS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Balb/c mice immunized either with a plasmid vector (pRECFA), encoding the CFA/I fimbrial adhesin of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), or purified CFA/I fimbriae induced similar antibody responses in regard to the kinetics of serum total immunoglobulins and IgG. Nonetheless, the IgG subclass responses in mice vaccinated with DNA were composed predominantly by IgG2a (ranging from 39 to 74% of the total anti-CFA/I IgG) and, to a lesser extent, by IgG (ranging from 15 to 24% of the total anti-CFA/I IgG) during a 12 week observation period. On the other hand, mice immunized with purified CFA/I presented mainly an IgG1 antibody response (ranging from 39 to 67% of the total anti-CFA/I IgG). These results indicated that, irrespective of the immunogenic properties and-or origin of the encoded antigen, immunization with pRECFA elicited an specific IgG subclass response which may affect the ability of DNA vaccines to induce a protective immune response against CFA/I mediated colonization of ETEC bacterial cells.

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