Characteristics of Neisseria meningitidis isolates causing fatal disease.
ABSTRACT The objectives of the present study were to describe a selection of characteristics of all available fatal meningococcal isolates (n = 62) and to compare these with all the other invasive isolates (non-fatal, n = 474) collected in Sweden from 1995 to 2004 (fatality rate of 12%). The coverage of the fatal isolates by presently discussed outer membrane vesicle (OMV) vaccines was also estimated. The isolates were characterized by serogroup, serotype, genosubtype, multilocus sequence type and antibiogram. Basic epidemiological data were gathered. The results of the fatal isolates showed 55% serogroup B, 27% C, 15% Yand 3% W-135, with a fatality rate of 11% for B, 12% for C, 17% for Y and 8% for W-135. Characteristics associated with higher mortality were age, gender, serogroup Y, serotype 14 and 15 and genosubtypes P1.7,16-29,35 and P1.5-1,10-4,36-2. In contrast, non-14/non-15 serotypes, the genosubtypes P1.5-1,10-8,36-2; P1.7-2,4,37 and P1.7,16,35, as well as reduced sensitivity for penicillin G were associated with decreased mortality. The presently discussed OMV vaccines could, based solely on the complete genosubtype, theoretically cover up to 44% of the fatal serogroup B cases and up to 100% if every variable region by itself is capable to induce protective immunity.
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ABSTRACT: The factor H binding protein (fHbp) is currently being evaluated in clinical trials as a vaccine candidate for a meningococcal group B vaccine. We have previously described the prevalence and sequence variation of fHbp (Jacobsson et al., 2009) and here we investigate the expression of the antigen. The present study includes isolates from carriers (n = 62) and patients with invasive Neisseria meningitidis infections (n = 146), of which 62 had a fatal outcome. Among the invasive isolates from patients with fatal and non-fatal infections fHbp allele 1 was most common (42% and 29% respectively), but it was only identified in 3% of the carrier isolates, where allele 16 was most frequent (13%). The Fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis identified fHbp expression in all except seven isolates and further analysis by Western blot showed that five of these seven samples were indeed negative using a polyclonal anti-fHbp serum. The negative isolates belonged to serogroup B fHbp allele 24, Y allele 104, and W-135 allele 16 (all invasive). Two were non-serogroupable carrier isolates (allele 21 and 101). An interesting finding is that isolates from invasive infections with fatal outcome had lower expression of fHbp or lower affinity for the fHbp antibody compared to isolates from non-fatal invasive infections and carriers.Apmis 06/2012; · 2.07 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Meningococcal disease (MCD) is the leading infectious cause of death in early childhood in the United Kingdom, making it a public health priority. MCD most commonly presents as meningococcal meningitis (MM), septicaemia (MS), or as a combination of the two syndromes (MM/MS). We describe the changing epidemiology and clinical presentation of MCD, and explore associations with socioeconomic status and other risk factors. A hospital-based study of children admitted to a tertiary children's centre, Alder Hey Children's Foundation Trust, with MCD, was undertaken between 1977 to 2007 (n = 1157). Demographics, clinical presentations, microbiological confirmation and measures of deprivation were described. The majority of cases occurred in the 1-4 year age group and there was a dramatic fall in serogroup C cases observed with the introduction of the meningococcal C conjugate (MCC) vaccine. The proportion of MS cases increased over the study period, from 11% in the first quarter to 35% in the final quarter. Presentation with MS (compared to MM) and serogroup C disease (compared to serogroup B) were demonstrated to be independent risk factors for mortality, with odds ratios of 3.5 (95% CI 1.18 to 10.08) and 2.18 (95% CI 1.26 to 3.80) respectively. Cases admitted to Alder Hey were from a relatively more deprived population (mean Townsend score 1.25, 95% CI 1.09 to 1.41) than the Merseyside reference population. Our findings represent one of the largest single-centre studies of MCD. The presentation of MS is confirmed to be a risk factor of mortality from MCD. Our study supports the association between social deprivation and MCD.PLoS ONE 01/2011; 6(10):e25957. · 3.73 Impact Factor