Expression of Idiotypic Antibodies-1 and -2 and Breastfeeding in Relation to Antibody Levels Against Haemophilus Influenzae Type b in Children
2006 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0300-9475, E-ISSN 1365-3083, Vol. 63, no 5, 371-375 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study was to determine the concentrations of serum antibodies against Haemophilus influenzae type b in preschool children in relation to the distribution of idiotypic antibodies 1 and 2 (Id-1 and Id-2) and the exposure to breastfeeding in infancy. Sera were obtained from 74 control children recruited in an earlier case-control study before the introduction of general Hib vaccination. Duration of breastfeeding was monitored, and prevalence of noninvasive infections was registered. Concentrations of IgG1 and IgG2 anti-Hib, as well as of total Id-1 and Id-2, were determined in ELISA. The expression of Id-1 antibodies increased with age in contrast to the Id-2 antibodies that were found only in children up to 24 months of age. Expression of Id-1 antibodies was positively correlated with higher anti-Hib levels of both the IgG1 and IgG2 isotype. Children expressing Id-2 antibodies showed higher IgG2 anti-Hib concentrations than those who did not have Id-2 (P = 0.001). The concentrations of neither Id-1 nor Id-2 antibodies were related to the duration of breastfeeding. Duration of breastfeeding was related to increased anti-Hib IgG2 in healthy children above 18 months of age. These study shows that the expression of idiotype-1 and idiotype-2 antibodies was associated with higher IgG2 anti-Hib concentration and that breastfeeding could enhance the anti-Hib IgG2 production in children.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 63, no 5, 371-375 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-37336DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3083.2006.01746.xLocal ID: 34677OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-37336DiVA: diva2:258185