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Jamie Jennings-Gee, Sally Quataert, Tridib Ganguly, Ralph D'Agostino, Rajendar Deora, Purnima Dubey
The reemergence of pertussis or whooping cough in several countries highlights the need for better vaccines. Acellular pertussis vaccines (aPV) contain alum as the adjuvant and elicit Th2 biased immune responses that are less effective in protecting against infection than the reactogenic whole cell pertussis vaccines (wPV), which elicit primarily a Th1/Th17 response. An important goal for the field is to devise aPVs that will induce immune responses similar to wPV. We show that Bordetella Colonization Factor A (BcfA), an outer membrane protein from B...
March 12, 2018: Infection and Immunity
Ricardo A Orbegozo-Medina, Victoria Martínez-Sernández, Marta González-Warleta, José Antonio Castro-Hermida, Mercedes Mezo, Florencio M Ubeira
Fasciolosis continues to be a major cause of economic losses in the livestock industry and a growing threat to humans. The limited spectrum of effective anthelmintics and the appearance of resistances urge the need for developing an effective vaccine. Most studies have been focused on the use of TH1 -polarizing adjuvants and the use of recombinant Fasciola critical molecules and, despite the efforts, no reproducible protections have been achieved. The F. hepatica MF6p/FhHDM-1 protein is a heme-binding protein also reported to have immunomodulatory properties, constituting a promising target for vaccination and/or as target for the development of new flukicides...
March 8, 2018: Vaccine
Leonardo Silva de Araujo, Nidai de Bárbara Moreira da Silva, Janaina Aparecida Medeiros Leung, Fernanda Carvalho Queiroz Mello, Maria Helena Féres Saad
Despite the reported high heterogeneity of the human immune response to tuberculosis (TB), new studies may contribute to the understanding of Mycobacterium tuberculosis immunopathogenesis. To investigate the patterns of humoral response during latent (LTBI) and active TB, we evaluated specific IgG subclasses' response, by ELISA, to a set of mycobacterial antigens (Rv2029c, Rv2031c, Rv2034, Rv2628, Rv3353c ESAT6:CFP10, and the new chimeric PstS1(285-374) :CFP10) in plasma samples from exposed uninfected controls (ExC, n = 24), LTBI (n = 61), and TB (n = 15) donors...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
María Elena Iezzi, Lucía Policastro, Santiago Werbajh, Osvaldo Podhajcer, Gabriela Alicia Canziani
Monoclonal antibodies and their fragments have significantly changed the outcome of cancer in the clinic, effectively inhibiting tumor cell proliferation, triggering antibody-dependent immune effector cell activation and complement mediated cell death. Along with a continued expansion in number, diversity, and complexity of validated tumor targets there is an increasing focus on engineering recombinant antibody fragments for lead development. Single-domain antibodies (sdAbs), in particular those engineered from the variable heavy-chain fragment (VHH gene) found in Camelidae heavy-chain antibodies (or IgG2 and IgG3), are the smallest fragments that retain the full antigen-binding capacity of the antibody with advantageous properties as drugs...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Rie Yamazaki, Taku Kikuchi, Jun Kato, Masatoshi Sakurai, Yuya Koda, Risa Hashida, Yusuke Yamane, Ryohei Abe, Naoki Hasegawa, Shinichiro Okamoto, Takehiko Mori
Immunoglobulin (Ig) G2 subclass deficiency is known to be associated with recurrent bacterial respiratory infections caused by capsulated bacteria. We encountered a case of recurrent pneumonia due to Streptococcus pneumoniae after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). IgG2 subclass level was specifically low, and prophylactic Ig replacement successfully prevented subsequent infections. However, the cessation of Ig replacement resulted in subsequent pneumonia. These findings suggested that IgG2 deficiency could be a cause of recurrent pneumococcal infection after allogeneic HSCT...
March 7, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
N Yoshimoto, H Ujiie, M Zheng, H Iwata, H Kosumi, H Hata, H Shimizu
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is the most common subepidermal autoimmune blistering skin disease, characterized by tense bullae and urticarial erythema with a generalized distribution. BP is induced by autoantibodies to structural proteins of the basement membrane zone (BMZ) such as BP180 and BP2301 . Because the majority of BP skin shows complement deposition2 , complement activation is considered to be important for blister formation. Among IgG subclasses, IgG1 have a high ability to activate complements, whereas IgG2 and IgG4 have a low and no ability, respectively...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Elena Blanco, Martín Pérez-Andrés, Sonia Arriba-Méndez, Teresa Contreras-Sanfeliciano, Ignacio Criado, Ondrej Pelak, Ana Serra-Caetano, Alfonso Romero, Noemí Puig, Ana Remesal, Juan Torres Canizales, Eduardo López-Granados, Tomas Kalina, Ana E Sousa, Menno Van Zelm, Mirjam Van der Burg, Jacques J M van Dongen, Alberto Orfao
BACKGROUND: Humoral immunocompetence develops stepwise throughout life and contributes to individual susceptibility to infection, immunodeficiency, autoimmunity and neoplasia. Immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH)-isotype serum levels can partly explain such age-related differences, but their relationship with the IgH-isotype distribution within memory B-cell (MBCs) and plasma cell (PCs) compartments remains to be investigated. OBJECTIVE: We studied the age-related distribution of MBCs and PCs expressing different IgH-isotypes, in addition to the immature/transitional and naive B-cell compartments...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Zhongjuan Liu, Chuiwen Deng, Ping Li, Jingxia Wang, Lijuan Ma, Yongzhe Li, Yingchun Xu
BACKGROUND: Reference intervals (RIs) for serum IgG subclasses vary greatly among different geographical regions. The present study aimed to establish RIs for serum IgG subclasses in Chinese children, which is essential for interpretation of laboratory findings and making clinical decisions. METHODS: This study was performed in accordance with guideline C28-A3, proposed by the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute...
2018: PloS One
Eveline M Boerhout, Ad P Koets, Tanja G T Mols-Vorstermans, Piet J M Nuijten, Mathieu J H Hoeijmakers, Victor P M G Rutten, Jetta J E Bijlsma
Intramammary infections in cattle resulting in mastitis have detrimental effects on cows' well-being, lifespan and milk production. In the host defense against S. aureus mastitis antibodies are thought to play an important role. To explore potential ways to increase antibody titers in the bovine mammary gland the effects of various adjuvants on the magnitude, isotype, and neutralizing capacity of antibodies produced following subcutaneous vaccine administration at different immunization sites were analyzed...
March 1, 2018: Veterinary Research
Silvia Baroncelli, Clementina Maria Galluzzo, Giuseppe Liotta, Mauro Andreotti, Sandro Mancinelli, Robert Mphwere, Enok Bokola, Roberta Amici, Maria Cristina Marazzi, Leonardo Palombi, Francesca Lucaroni, Marina Giuliano
BACKGROUND: Transplacental passage of IgGs is impaired in HIV + pregnant women, possibly determining an inadequate immunological protection in their children. We aimed to determine the impact of maternal immunological IgG profile and immunoactivation status on the efficiency of transplacental passage of IgG subclasses in HIV + mothers. METHODS: 16 mother/infants pairs were studied in Malawi. Mothers received antiretroviral therapy (ART) from the third trimester of pregnancy...
February 27, 2018: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Amre Nasr, Ayman M Saleh, Muna Eltoum, Amir Abushouk, Anhar Hamza, Ahmad Aljada, Mohamed E El-Toum, Yousif A Abu-Zeid, Gamal Allam, Gehad ElGhazali
Fulani and Masaleit are two sympatric ethnic groups in western Sudan who are characterised by marked differences in susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum malaria. It has been demonstrated that Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency and Sickle cell trait HbAS carriers are protected from the most severe forms of malaria. This study aimed to investigate a set of specific IgG subclasses against P. falciparum Apical Membrane Antigen 1 (AMA-1 3D7), haemoglobin variants and (G6PD) in association with malaria susceptibility among Fulani ethnic group compared to sympatric ethnic group living in Western Sudan...
February 24, 2018: Acta Tropica
Mehabaw G Derebe, Rupesh K Nanjunda, Gary L Gilliland, Eilyn R Lacy, Mark L Chiu
In therapeutic antibody discovery and early development, mice and cynomolgus monkey are used as animal models to assess toxicity, efficacy and other properties of candidate molecules. As more candidate antibodies are based on human immunoglobulin (IgG) subtypes, many strategies are pursued to simulate the human system in the test animal. However, translation rate from a successful preclinical trial to an approved drug is extremely low. This may partly be due to differences in interaction of human IgG based candidate molecules to endogenous Fcγ receptors of model animals in comparison to those of human Fcγ receptors...
February 21, 2018: Immunology Letters
Pamela Holzlöhner, Monique Butze, Natalia Maier, Nicole Hebel, Erik Schliebs, Burkhard Micheel, Jonas Füner, Gabriele Heidicke, Katja Hanack
Camelids possess antibodies with a conventional four-chain structure consisting of two heavy and two light chains (of subclass IgG1) but further they also generate heavy-chain only antibodies (of subclass IgG2 and 3) which are fully functional in antigen binding. In this study subclass-specific murine monoclonal antibodies specific to conventional camelid IgG1 and heavy-chain only IgG2/3 were generated and validated for the use as potent secondary detection reagents. The monoclonal antibodies are able to differentiate between all camelid IgGs, conventional four-chain camelid antibodies (of subclass IgG1) and exclusively heavy chain-only antibodies (of subclasses IgG2 and IgG3)...
March 2018: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Takehiro Abiko, Takahiro Tsuchikawa, Kengo Miyauchi, Masataka Wada, Noriaki Kyogoku, Toshiaki Shichinohe, Yoshihiro Miyahara, Shinichi Kageyama, Hiroaki Ikeda, Hiroshi Shiku, Satoshi Hirano
Since 2009, a cancer vaccine clinical trial was conducted with melanoma antigen gene-A4 as an immunogenic agent. The levels of IgG1, IgG2 and IgG3, which are known to be Type 1 T helper cell-associated antibodies, and the levels of IgG4 and IgE, which are known to be Type 2 T helper cell-associated antibodies, were measured and used as biomarkers for predicting therapeutic effect. The results of the present study indicated a strong positive correlation between IgG2 and IgG4, with a correlation coefficient of R=0...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Risako Oi, Takuya Takeichi, Yusuke Okuno, Daiei Kojima, Kyoko Sugawara, Michihiro Kono, Hideki Muramatsu, Masashi Akiyama
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February 6, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Science
Fernando Sergio Leitao Filho, Seung Won Ra, Andre Mattman, Robert S Schellenberg, Gerard J Criner, Prescott G Woodruff, Stephen C Lazarus, Richard Albert, John E Connett, Meilan K Han, Fernando J Martinez, Janice M Leung, S F Paul Man, Shawn D Aaron, Robert M Reed, Don D Sin
BACKGROUND: The literature is scarce regarding the prevalence and clinical impact of IgG subclass deficiency in COPD. We investigated the prevalence of IgG subclass deficiencies and their association with exacerbations and hospitalizations using subjects from two COPD cohorts. METHODS: We measured IgG subclass levels using immunonephelometry in serum samples from participants enrolled in two previous COPD trials: Macrolide Azithromycin for Prevention of Exacerbations of COPD (MACRO; n = 976) and Simvastatin for the Prevention of Exacerbations in Moderate-to-Severe COPD (STATCOPE; n = 653)...
February 14, 2018: Respiratory Research
Lily Liu-Shin, Adam Fung, Arun Malhotra, Gayathri Ratnaswamy
Cysteine-linked antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) produced from IgG2 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are more heterogeneous than ADCs generated from IgG1 mAbs, as IgG2 ADCs are composed of a wider distribution of molecules, typically containing 0 - 12 drug-linkers per antibody. The three disulfide isoforms (A, A/B, and B) of IgG2 antibodies confer differences in solvent accessibilities of the interchain disulfides and contribute to the structural heterogeneity of cysteine-linked ADCs. ADCs derived from either IgG2-A or IgG2-B mAbs were compared to better understand the role of disulfide isoforms on attachment sites and distribution of conjugated species...
February 13, 2018: MAbs
Anna Lacasta, Stephen Mwalimu, Elisabeth Kibwana, Rosemary Saya, Elias Awino, Thomas Njoroge, Jane Poole, Nicholas Ndiwa, Roger Pelle, Vishvanath Nene, Lucilla Steinaa
East Coast fever (ECF) is a lymphoproliferative disease caused by the tick-transmitted protozoan parasite Theileria parva. ECF is one of the most serious cattle tick-borne diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. We have previously demonstrated that three doses of the C-terminal part of the sporozoite protein p67 (p67C) adjuvanted with ISA206VG confers partial protection against ECF at a herd level. We have tested the efficacy of two doses of this experimental vaccine, as reducing the vaccination regimen would facilitate its deployment in the field...
February 8, 2018: Vaccine
Angelica Tiotiu, Yves Martinet, Roger Jankowski, Philippe Devillier
We report on five adult cases of the rare association of asthma with humoral immunodeficiency (huID). All patients had uncontrolled asthma related to recurrent respiratory infections. Asthma was diagnosed according to the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines, and bronchiectasis was ruled out by a CT chest scan. Two men (aged 28 and 60) presented with pollen allergies, chronic rhinosinusitis, and IgG deficiency (7.8 and 7.6 g/L, respectively). Both patients underwent surgery for nasal polyposis but relapsed with acute sinusitis and severe asthma exacerbations requiring treatment with oral corticosteroids and antibiotics...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
William W Siljan, Jan C Holter, Ståle H Nymo, Einar Husebye, Thor Ueland, Lillemor Skattum, Vidar Bosnes, Peter Garred, Stig S Frøland, Tom E Mollnes, Pål Aukrust, Lars Heggelund
Background: Disease severity and outcome in community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) depend on the host and on the challenge of the causal microorganism(s). We measured levels of immunoglobulins (Igs) and complement in 257 hospitalized adults with CAP and examined the association of low levels of Igs or complement to microbial etiology, disease severity, and short-term and long-term outcome. Methods: Serum Igs were analyzed in blood samples obtained at admission and at 6 weeks postdischarge if admission levels were low...
February 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
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