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Infect Immun. 1999 Feb;67(2):484-9.

Natural immunity to Ascaris lumbricoides associated with immunoglobulin E antibody to ABA-1 allergen and inflammation indicators in children.

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Department of Immunology, University of Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT, Scotland, United Kingdom.


Children putatively immune to the large roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides were identified in an area of Nigeria where infection is hyperendemic. Immunity was associated with higher levels of serum ferritin, C-reactive protein, and eosinophil cationic protein, indicating ongoing acute phase or inflammatory processes. In contrast, children who were susceptible to the infection had little serological evidence of inflammation despite their high parasite burdens. Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody activity in all subclasses was present in high titer in most children but appeared to have no protective function. Despite exceptionally high total IgE levels, there was no evidence that atopic responses to local common allergens was associated with natural immunity to Ascaris. Among those individuals who produced IgG antibody to recombinant ABA-1 allergen of Ascaris, the naturally immune group had significantly more IgE antibody to the allergen than did those susceptible to the infection. IgE antibody responses in conjunction with innate inflammatory processes therefore appear to associate with natural immunity to ascariasis.

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