[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: http://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/227231
Polyclonal intravenous IgG (IVIG) was administered as an infusion 6 times every 3 weeks (weekO, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15) in doses of 0.1, 0.4 and 0.8 g/kg BW to determine the dose causing an increase in 12 pneumococcal antibody types above the protective level of 200 ng/ml of antibody N. The dose of 0.4 g/kg BW was found to be optimal in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). From the first infusion onwards at least 80% of CLL patients had increases in all 12 antibodies. Five weeks after the last infusion the antibody levels were still elevated in 80% of patients with CLL. The dose of 0.8 g/kg raised all 12 antibodies in 53–73% of CLLpatients when assessments were made after each infusion. In multiple myeloma (MM) patients, 73–82% and 73–91 % of patients had increased antibody levels, respectively, before and after the 4th–6th infusions at the 0.8 g/kg dose level. However, in only 45–50% of patients did the antibodies remain increased 2 weeks after the treatment at this dose. The dose of 0.4 g/kg caused antibody increases in only 30–50% of patients when measured before the 4th–6th infusion. Serum IgG increased significantly only in the CLL patients, whereas in the MM patients it was high from the beginning owing to the disease. Therefore, the pneumococcal antibody levels were a better marker for the purpose of dose finding. The dosage recommendation in CLL is 0.4 g/kg every 3 weeks until week 12, when steady state is reached. The maintenance dose is 0.4 g/kg every 5 weeks. In MM patients, who have a faster elimination rate of antibodies, the recommended loading dose is 0.8 g/kg, followed by 0.4 g/kg every week as a continuous treatment. Treatment with IVIG in CLL and MM was generally well tolerated. Only 25% of patients experienced minor side-effects, the most frequent being febrile reactions, shivering and headache.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper examines how pneumococcal type 6B polysaccharide conjugated to tetanus toxoid (Pn6B-TT) compares to a 23 valent pneumococcal vaccine (pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPS)-23) with respect to immunogenicity and serum opsonic activity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients with COPD aged 55-75 yrs were vaccinated with Pn6B-TT (n=10) or with PPS-23 (n=9). Healthy young adults (HA) were vaccinated with Pn6B-TT as controls. Total antibodies to serotype 6B polysaccharide were measured by radioimmunoassay and immunoglobulin (Ig)G antibodies by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Opsonic activity was measured by a phagocytosis assay using human neutrophils as effector cells. The patient groups were comparable by age, smoking history, lung function and use of steroids. COPD patients vaccinated with Pn6B-TT or PPS-23 showed an increase in IgG antibodies and a nonsignificant increase in opsonic activity. This was similar to the increase in IgG and opsonic activity seen in HA. There was a significant correlation between antibody levels and opsonic activity in COPD patients vaccinated both with Pn6B-TT and PPS-23. Pneumococcal antibodies have been shown to confer protection from infection. The results of the present study indicate that protective immunity can be expected in elderly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients vaccinated with conjugate vaccines.
European Respiratory Journal 11/2002; 20(4):813-8. · 7.13 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Unlike the native protein, a nontoxic peptide (repeating unit of the native toxin designated rARU) from Clostridium difficile toxin A (CDTA) afforded an antigen that could be bound covalently to the surface polysaccharides of pneumococcus type 14, Shigella flexneri type 2a, and Escherichia coli K1. The yields of these polysaccharide-protein conjugates were significantly increased by prior treatment of rARU with succinic anhydride. Conjugates, prepared with rARU or succinylated (rARUsucc), were administered to mice by a clinically relevant dosage and immunization scheme. All conjugates elicited high levels of serum immunoglobulin G both to the polysaccharides and to CDTA. Conjugate-induced anti-CDTA had neutralizing activity in vitro and protected mice challenged with CDTA, similar to the rARU alone. Conjugates prepared with succinylated rARU, therefore, have potential for serving both as effective carrier proteins for polysaccharides and for preventing enteric disease caused by C. difficile.
Infection and Immunity 05/2000; 68(4):2161-6. · 4.16 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major respiratory pathogen of infants, children, and the elderly. Polysaccharide vaccines have been useful in adult populations but do not elicit protective immunity in infants and young children. To enhance their immunogenicity, vaccines of pneumococcal polysaccharides conjugated to proteins are being developed. In this study antibody levels and opsonic activities were compared in sera of infants and adults injected with pneumococcal polysaccharide type 6B (Pn6B) conjugated to tetanus toxoid (TT) (Pn6B-TT). Healthy infants were injected with Pn6B-TT; group A was injected at 3, 4, and 6 months of age, and group B was injected at 7 and 9 months of age. A booster injection was given at 18 months. Adults were injected once. Antibodies were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and radioimmunoassay, and their functional activities were measured by opsonophagocytosis of radiolabelled pneumococci. In adults, increases in immunoglobulin M (IgM), IgG, IgA, IgG1, and IgG2 to Pn6B were observed. Infants reached adult levels of IgG1 anti-Pn6B after the primary injections. After the booster injection the infant groups had total IgG- and IgM-Pn6B antibody levels similar to those of adults. After the booster injection, IgG1 was the dominant infant anti-Pn6B isotype and at a level higher than in vaccinated adults, but IgA and IgG2 antibodies remained at very low levels. Opsonic activity increased significantly after Pn6B-TT injections; the highest infant sera showed opsonic activity comparable to that of vaccinated adults. Overall, opsonic activity correlated best with total and IgG anti-Pn6B antibodies (r = 0.741, r = 0.653, respectively; n = 35) and was highest in sera with high levels of all Pn6B antibody isotypes. The results indicate the protective potential of a pneumococcal 6B polysaccharide protein conjugate vaccine for young infants.
Infection and Immunity 07/1998; 66(6):2866-70. · 4.16 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Many children with recurrent sinopulmonary infections fail to mount an adequate humoral response following immunization with polysaccharide antigens. At present there are no controlled studies comparing responses to pneumococcal immunization in children with recurrent infections and a healthy, age-matched cohort. Immunological evaluation was performed on 66 children with recurrent sinopulmonary infections, aged 2-5 years (mean 3.06 +/- 0.92). A control group included 28 healthy, age-matched controls (mean 3.14 +/- 0.88 years). Both groups were immunized with 23 valent pneumococcal vaccine, and titers were measured before and 4 weeks after immunization. Antibody levels to 12 pneumococcal serotypes were measured via radioimmunoassay. Geometric preimmunization mean titers in the control group were 215.5 +/- 157 ngAbN/ml rising to 989.5 +/- 745 ngAbN/ml compared to 77.71 +/- 38.4 ngAbN/ml increasing to 446.7 +/- 406 ngAbN/ml in the study group (p < .05). Serotypes 3, 4, 7F, 8, 9N, and 18C were the most immunogenic, while serotypes 6A and 14 were the least. Overall, the control group responded to 7.71 +/- 1.24 serotypes versus 5.1 +/- 2.0 in the study group (p < .05), where postimmunization titers at least doubled and rose to > or = 300 ngAbN/ml. All controls responded to at least five or more serotypes, 26/28 responded to 6 or more. In contrast, only 38/66 (57%) of study patients responded to five or more serotypes, and only 27/66 (41%) responded to at least 6 of 12. Preimmunization titers of greater than 300 ngAbN/ml were present in 30% (102/336) of the control serotypes; however, only 53 of these (52%) doubled post immunization; 22% of the elevated titers decreased post immunization. Markedly elevated titers > or = 500 ngAbN/ml were present in 20% (69/336) of the preimmunization serotypes, only 39% of these doubled post immunization. Twenty-three valent pneumococcal vaccine is immunogenic in young, healthy children. A significant percentage of children with recurrent sinopulmonary infections fail to produce adequate serotype specific antibodies following pneumococcal immunization.
Journal of Asthma 01/1998; 35(1):101-12. · 1.83 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major cause of meningitis, bacteremia, pneumonia and otitis media. Pneumococcal polysaccharides are not immunogenic in infants, but improved immunogenicity of polysaccharide-protein conjugates has been demonstrated. Antibiotic-resistant pneumococci have increased the need for an effective vaccine.
To study the safety and immunogenicity of a pneumococcal type 6B polysaccharidetetanus toxoid conjugate (Pn6B-TT) in infants and to assess the function of antibodies.
Healthy infants were injected, Group A at 3, 4 and 6 months (n = 21) and Group B at 7 and 9 months (n = 19). Booster injection was given at 18 months. Antibodies were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and radioimmunoassay, and functional activity was measured by opsonization of radiolabeled pneumococci. Nasopharyngeal cultures were obtained.
No significant adverse reactions were observed. Pn6B-IgG (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) increased to a geometric mean of 0.62 microgram/ml (P = 0.367, compared with prevaccination titers) in Group A at 7 months and 1.22 micrograms/ml (P < 0.001) in Group B at 10 months. Total Pn6B antibodies (radioimmunoassay) were 44 ng of antibody N/ml (P < 0.053) in Group A and 211 ng of antibody N/ml (P < 0.001) in Group B. A smaller increase in IgM and IgA anti-Pn6B was observed. Reinjection at 18 months elicited booster responses in total and IgG anti-Pn6B; 62% of those in Group A and 79% of those in Group B had > 300 ng of antibody N/ml. Opsonic activity, after initial and booster vaccinations, correlated with Pn6B-antibody titers. Three infants with nasopharyngeal cultures repeatedly positive for serogroup 6 had poor serum IgG responses.
Our results demonstrate that Pn6B-TT is safe, elicits functional antibodies and memory responses in infants.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We measured pneumococcal antibody levels in 55 patients (ages 7 to 20 years) with sickle cell disease 3 to 7 years after the first booster immunization. Only 6 of the children had protective levels of antibodies (> 300 ng/ml) against all 12 serotypes tested. Thirty-two children (58%) had suboptimal levels against 1 to 3 serotypes; 17 had suboptimal levels against 4 to 10 serotypes. Ten patients from the latter group (ages 13 to 17 years) received a second booster 6 to 8 years after the first booster immunization, and had a marked increase in antibody levels against all serotypes with the exception of serotypes 3 and 4 in two patients and serotype 6A in one patient.
Journal of Pediatrics 10/1995; 127(4):590-2. · 3.74 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Type 14 is one of the common types isolated from patients of all ages with infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. Its capsular polysaccharide (Pn14) is composed of a neutrally charged tetrasaccharide repeat unit. Pn14 does not elicit protective levels of antibodies in infants and children and is a less than optimal immunogen of the 23-valent vaccine for adults. Pertussis toxin (PT) is both a virulence factor and protective antigen of Bordetella pertussis: it is not soluble at neutral pH and forms insoluble complexes with acidic polysaccharides. Both Pn14 and PT are potential components of vaccines for infants and children. Accordingly, a synthetic scheme was devised to prepare a conjugate of Pn14 and PT. An adipic acid hydrazide derivative of Pn14 was bound to PT at pH 3.9 by carbodiimide-mediated condensation. The conjugation procedure inactivated the PT as assayed by CHO cell and histamine-sensitizing activity. The Pn14-PT conjugate elicited antibodies in mice to Pn14 at levels estimated to be protective in humans and elicited neutralizing antibodies to PT. We plan to evaluate Pn14-PT clinically.
Infection and Immunity 10/1992; 60(9):3528-32. · 4.16 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Concurrent injection of monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL) in saline or as an oil-in-water emulsion enhanced both the primary and secondary serum antibody responses to the capsular polysaccharide (CP) components of seven conjugates: the enhanced responses were Ag-specific. In contrast, MPL did not enhance the serum antibody response to five of the six unconjugated CP. MPL and trehalose dimycolate injected concurrently with the unconjugated Vi CP of Salmonella typhi (Vi) enhanced the serum antibody response to that Ag. MPL further enhanced the Vi antibody levels when injected with conjugates of this CP. The serum antibody responses to Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A, used as the carrier protein for the Staphylococcus aureus types 5 and 8 conjugates, were also enhanced by MPL. MPL in oil-in-water emulsion was generally more effective than when administered in saline.
The Journal of Immunology 11/1991; 147(7):2136-40. · 5.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Conjugates of an uronic acid-containing capsular polysaccharide (CP), pneumococcous type 12F (Pn12F) bound to diphtheria toxoid (DT), were studied for safety and immunogenicity in adult volunteers. In mice, these conjugates, prepared with the same lot of DT and Pn12F-40234-006, a homogenous CP of high molecular weight, or Pn12-812408, a polydisperse CP with lower-molecular-weight material, were more immunogenic than the Pn12F alone and had T-cell dependent properties (A. Fattom, W. F. Vann, S.C. Szu, A. Sutton, X. Li, B. Bryla, G. Schiffman, J. B. Robbins, and R. Schneerson, Infect. Immun. 56:2292-2298, 1988). Adult volunteers, randomized into three groups, were injected either with one of these two conjugates or with Pnu-Imune, the 23 valent pneumococcus vaccine containing 25 micrograms of Pn12F as one of its components. Volunteers were injected two times, 4 weeks apart, with the Pn12F-DT conjugates and once with the Pnu-Imune. Side reactions following injection of the conjugates of Pnu-Imune were mild and short-lived. At 4 weeks and at 7 months after the first injection, higher levels of Pn12F antibodies were found in the volunteers injected with the conjugates than in the Pnu-Imune group (P less than 0.001). The conjugate prepared with the higher-molecular-weight Pn12F elicited higher levels of antibodies than the conjugate prepared with a lower-molecular-weight Pn12F preparation (P = 0.05). Both conjugates elicited about a 13-fold rise in DT antibodies.
Infection and Immunity 08/1990; 58(7):2309-12. · 4.16 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We measured IgG-class antibodies to 12 pneumococcal antigens pre- and post-immunization with polyvalent pneumococcal vaccine in 31 children who had experienced chronic chest symptoms. The purpose of the study was to determine the relation of IgG subclasses, especially IgG2, to the subjects' antibody responses to bacterial polysaccharide antigens, to see if measuring IgG subclasses would predict these responses. Twenty-nine children (90%) had low or low-normal levels of one or more IgG subclasses, including 20 out of 31 (65%) with low or low-normal levels of IgG2. Children studied had a relatively poor increase in levels of antibody to 10 of the 12 pneumococcal vaccine antigens investigated. Both pre- and post-immunization antibody levels were related to pre-immune serum concentrations of IgG2. Pre-immunization antibody levels were strongly related to post-immunization levels; when post-immunization antibody levels were adjusted for pre-immunization levels by partial correlation, the correlation between anticapsular antibody level post-immunization and IgG2 was no longer significant. Thus, in children with chronic chest symptoms, levels of antibody measured at a random interval after natural exposure to these bacterial polysaccharide antigens are related to levels of IgG2 subclass, but antibody increases after vaccination appear to be affected more by other factors.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study examined the effect of mixed bacterial vaccine (MBV), a biological response modifier prepared from Streptococcus pyogenes and Serratia marcescens, on the immune system of mice and on the regression of a transplantable mouse tumor sarcoma 37. The study examined MBV's biological properties and analyzed its chemical composition. The chemical composition varied with the growth media. A typical centrifuged, dialyzed supernate of the serum-containing preparation was found to consist mainly of protein and minimal amounts of carbohydrate and endotoxin, while MBV made with synthetic medium contained similar amounts of all three. MBV was nontoxic for mice, which gained weight following the injection of 0.5-1.0 ml of MBV. MBV caused regression of 20-100% of well-established mouse tumors without appreciable toxicity. MBV also had a striking effect on the immune response of mice to sheep red blood cells. When administered simultaneously with antigen injection, MBV increased the number of antibody-secreting splenocytes measured by the plaque-forming assay threefold. Serum antibody levels also increased two- to threefold. MBV did not enhance the immune response to pneumococcal polysaccharide type III, a B-cell-dependent response. However, the in vivo administration of MBV increased the in vitro response to MBV and the B-cell mitogen lipopolysaccharide. MBV compares favorably with other biological response modifiers because of its enhancing effect on the immune response and its oncolytic properties at nontoxic levels.
Journal of biological response modifiers 05/1990; 9(2):194-204.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pneumococcus vaccine, injected alone or mixed with diphtheria-tetanus toxoid-pertussis, did not elicit significant concentrations of pneumococcus type 6 antibodies in 2- to 5-year-old sickle cell anemia patients (n = 22). Reinjection 5 months later failed to elicit a booster response to pneumococcus type 6. We then injected conjugates of pneumococcus type 6B and of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), each bound to tetanus toxoid (TT), alternatively at monthly intervals into sickle cell anemia patients of the same age group (n = 25); most received 3 injections of each vaccine. Pneumococcus vaccine was administered to 19 patients and Hib to 1 at approximately 1 year of age. Blood samples were taken before each and approximately 6 months after the last injection. Infrequent and minimal local reactions and only 6 episodes of fever (3%) occurred after injection of the conjugates. Pneumococcus type 6B-TT elicited a rise in the geometric mean concentration of pneumococcus type 6 antibodies (Ab) from 104 ng of antibody nitrogen (AbN)/ml in preimmunization sera to 385 ng of AbN/ml after the first injection (P less than 0.01). There were further increases after the 2 subsequent injections; 6 months after the third injection, the mean concentration was 940 ng of AbN/ml and 15 of 16 (94%) had greater than 300 ng of AbN/ml. Hib-TT elicited a 160-fold increase of Hib antibodies to a geometric mean concentration of 39.0 micrograms of Ab/ml after the first injection. These levels rose approximately 2-fold following 2 additional injections to 71.7 micrograms/ml and declined to 10.7 micrograms/ml at the 6-month sampling.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A scheme for the synthesis and purification of conjugates, composed of the type 12F capsular polysaccharide of Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pn12F) and diphtheria toxoid, is described. The scheme is a modification of that described previously for the Vi capsular polysaccharide of Salmonella typhi, a linear homopolymer of N-acetylgalactoseaminouronic acid (S. C. Szu, A. L. Stone, J. D. Robbins, R. Schneerson, and J. B. Robbins, J. Exp. Med. 166:1510-1524, 1986). Pn12F is a branched-chain copolymer composed of a hexasaccharide repeating unit containing an aminouronic acid, N-acetylmannoseaminouronic acid (K. Leontein, B. Lindberg, and J. Lonngren, Can. J. Chem. 59:2081-2085, 1981). Sulfhydryl groups were introduced into Pn12F by forming an amide bond between cystamine and carboxyl groups of N-acetylmannoseaminouronic acid in the presence of a carbodiimide. The disulfide moiety of cystamine was reduced to form the cysteamine derivative of Pn12F which was, in turn, covalently bound to diphtheria toxoid by using the heterobifunctional linker N-succinimidyl-3-(2-pyridylthio)propionate. Unbound, high-molecular-weight Pn12F was removed from the conjugate by hydrophobic interaction chromatography through octyl Sepharose by using n-octyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside as the eluent. In young outbred mice, Pn12F did not elicit detectable serum antibodies. Pn12F-diphtheria toxoid, in contrast, elicited antibodies after two injections and had T-cell-dependent properties as evidenced by a response to priming and by its ability to elicit booster responses. This scheme seems applicable to the synthesis of conjugates with other capsular polysaccharides containing aminouronic acids. Clinical evaluation of Pn12F-diphtheria toxoid conjugates in healthy and in immunocompromised hosts is planned.
Infection and Immunity 10/1988; 56(9):2292-8. · 4.16 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We studied 15 children with recurrent infections and normal serum IgG, IgM, IgA, and IgG-subclass levels. After immunization, the geometric mean serum IgG antibody concentration to Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) was eightfold lower than that of age-matched control subjects (p = 0.002). The patients also had a lower geometric mean concentration of serum IgM and IgA directed to Hib, although these differences did not reach significance. However, the groups did not differ in their response to diphtheria toxoid and pneumococcal polysaccharides. To confirm these findings, an additional 11 patients were identified and immunized. The geometric mean serum IgG anti-Hib concentration for this group of patients was also significantly lower than of normal subjects (p = 0.004). We propose that the defect in the antibody response to Hib may be a marker for a poor antibody response to a variety of bacterial and viral antigens that results in an increased propensity to recurrent infections. The defect was not associated with IgG-subclass deficiency. The identification of children with selective antibody deficiency and recurrent infections is important for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons.
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 07/1988; 81(6):1175-9. · 11.25 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The role of the spleen in antibody production and in susceptibility to pneumococcal infections remains poorly understood. Recently we showed that in A/J mice high antibody responses to polysaccharide antigens depend upon dosage, antigenic structure, interval between immunization and assay and the presence of the spleen. To investigate the possibility of alternative patterns of response, intact and splenectomized (Sx) C57BR/cdj mice were assayed for antibody responses to two structurally different pneumococcal polysaccharides, type 3 (SIII) and type 14 (SXIV). After 50 or 100 ng of SIII, intact C57BR/cdj mice produced uniformly low antibody responses that were further suppressed by splenectomy, but after 1,000 ng of SIII, C57BR/cdj mice, regardless of whether they were intact or Sx, produced antibody responses as high as those of intact A/J mice. Following SXIV, a spleen-dependent antigen, C57BR/cdj mice produced consistently lower antibody responses than A/J mice. Antibody responses to 500 or 5,000 ng of SXIV were totally obliterated in Sx C57BR/cdj mice; but unlike A/J mice, responses to 10,000 ng were similar regardless of whether C57BR/cdj mice were intact or Sx. The inability of intact C57BR/cdj mice to produce elevated responses to SIII or SXIV suggests that C57BR/cdj mice may lack the subset of spleen cells necessary for a vigorous response to these antigens. The data suggest that these mice could provide useful animal models for studying host variability in antibody responses to pneumococcal polysaccharides.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Antibody responses to two structurally different pneumococcal polysaccharides, type 3 (SIII) and type 14 (SXIV), were examined in intact and splenectomized (Sx) A/J mice to determine whether the role of the spleen in immune responses to these antigens varies with respect to the dosage, the antigenic structure, or the interval between immunization and assay. Antibody responses to SIII and SXIV, measured over a 4-week period by radioimmunoassay, differed in antigenic load requirements, kinetics, and extent of dependence upon the spleen. Intact mice given 50 or 100 ng of SIII produced peak antibody responses on day 5, which tapered off by days 14 and 21. Intact mice given SXIV required doses 100 times greater than those of SIII to stimulate high levels of antibody response; antibody responses increased on day 5 and remained elevated through day 28. In Sx mice given 50 or 100 ng of SIII, the peak antibody response on day 5 was obliterated, but extrasplenic sources produced low levels of antibody which peaked by day 14. In Sx mice given SXIV, all anti-SXIV responses were abrogated regardless of the dose or day of assay. Differences between the anti-SIII and anti-SXIV responses in dependence upon the spleen were probably due to structural differences between the two antigens and to the localization of each to different sites in the reticuloendothelial system. These results attest to the importance of the spleen in antibacterial resistance. They show that, even in the presence of extrasplenic antibody synthesis, the spleen is required for early antibody production, the timing of which is critical for the effective clearance of bacteria.
Infection and Immunity 07/1987; 55(6):1375-80. · 4.16 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study focuses on the effect of varying regimens of cocaine administration on three parameters of the immune response: antibody production, resistance to infection by Streptococcus pneumoniae following immunization, and resistance to tumors. The effect of cocaine on antibody production of female and male BALB/c mice was investigated to both a T-independent (pneumococcal polysaccharide type III [SSS-III]) and a T-dependent antigen (the 2,4-dinitrophenyl ligand [DNP]). It was found that high doses of cocaine injected 3 times/day prior to SSS-III resulted in a small rise in antibody levels in male mice. Low doses given for 4 days prior to or subsequent to SSS-III injection had no effect on the antibody response nor on the susceptibility to infection by live S. pneumoniae. High dosages of cocaine administered 3-5 times/day had no effect on the anti-DNP immune response of male mice but resulted in an almost 2-fold increase of anti-DNP plaque-forming cells in female mice.
International archives of allergy and applied immunology 02/1987; 83(4):377-83.