Immunologic basis for mouse protection provided by high-molecular-weight polysaccharide from immunotype 1 Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

R. B. Markham, G. B. Pier

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Abstract

Antibody responses were assayed in inbred strains of mice immunized with a high-molecular-weight polysaccharide (IT-1 PS) isolated from Fisher immunotype 1 Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa 1). C3H/ANF mice generated the greatest antibody response after immunization with 1 microgram of antigen and could then survive challenge with 5 LD100 of P. aeruginosa 1 organisms. BALB/c mice produced lower levels of antibody and did so only after immunization with 50 micrograms of IT-1 PS. These mice could only withstand challenge with 1 LD100 of P. aeruginosa 1. The specificity of the antibody produced by these two strains differed. Antibody produced in C3H/ANF mice after primary immunization with either 1 microgram or 50 micrograms of IT-1 PS did not cross-react with other immunotypes of P. aeruginosa. Antibody produced in BALB/c mice after a primary immunization with 50 micrograms of IT-1 PS cross-reacted with polysaccharide isolated from Fisher immunotype 2 P. aeruginosa. These data indicate that, even within the same species, antibody responses to immunization with P. aeruginosa IT-1 PS may be qualitatively different. This kind of variation in immune response patterns will have to be considered in developing optimal regimens for immunization in human vaccine trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S957-962
JournalReviews of infectious diseases
Volume5 Suppl 5
StatePublished - Nov 1 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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