Aberrant IgG2 antibody response to Neisseria Meningitidis polysaccharide A after vaccination in frequently infected compared to healthy IgA-deficient individuals

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In search for a possible explanation of the phenotypic heterogeneity in selective immunoglobulin (Ig)A deficiency, we studied the IgG2 antibody response to meningococcal polysaccharide A (PSA) in IgA-deficient (IgAd) individuals after vaccination with meningococcal A + C polysaccharide vaccine. Two groups of IgAd individuals, one frequently infected and one clinically apparently healthy, as well as healthy controls, were studied. In response to meningococcal A + C polysaccharide vaccine, a significant titre increase of specific IgG2 anti-PSA was found in 71% of the control individuals, in 50% of the healthy and in 42% of the infection-prone IgAd individuals. The specific IgG2 response against meningococcal PSA was significantly lower in the infection-prone IgAd individuals compared to the controls (P < 0.05). Among the IgAd individuals who responded with a significant IgG2 antibody increase, the IgG2 antibody response was significantly lower in the infection-prone than in the healthy IgAd individuals (P < 0.05). Thus, a limited capacity to mount a specific IgG2 response may suggest a more profound antibody maturation defect in infection-prone IgAd patients compared to healthy IgAd individuals.


  • V Friman
  • M Hahn-Zoric
  • J Bjorkander
  • Vivi-Anne Oxelius
  • LA Hanson
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  • Immunology in the medical area
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-298
JournalScandinavian Journal of Immunology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch