Increased levels of IgG subclasses specific for Pseudomonas aeruginosa exoenzyme and polysaccharide antigens in chronically infected patients with cystic fibrosis

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Hygiene-Institut, University of Tübingen, Silcherstrasse 7, D-7400 Tübingen, Federal Republic of Germany

Abstract

IgG subclass levels to Pseudomonas aeruginosa alginate, alkaline proteinase, elastase and exotoxin A in sera of healthy adults, non-infected and infected cystic fibrosis patients were investigated by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay. Whereas healthy adults and non-infected cystic fibrosis patients revealed mostly negative IgG subclass levels to the four antigens, infected cystic fibrosis patients had significantly elevated IgG1, IgG2, IgG3 and IgG4 levels to both the protein antigens as well as the polysaccharide antigen. The study does not support previous findings of an impaired natural IgG2 response to polysaccharide antigen. The study does not support previous findings of an impaired natural IgG2 response to polysaccharide in chronically infected cystic fibrosis patients.

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