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Natural and Immune Human Antibodies Reactive with Antigens of Virulent Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Immunoglobulins G, M, and A

By Irun R. Cohen


Natural and immune human antibodies reactive with heat-labile and heat-stable antigens of virulent Neisseria gonorrhoeae were studied by use of an indirect fluorescent-antibody (IFA) procedure. The immunoglobulin class of the reactive antibodies was identified by using fluorescein-conjugated antisera specific for human IgG, IgA, or IgM in the IFA procedure. The effects of heat and mercaptoethanol on IFA reactivities were also studied. It appeared that antibodies of the IgG, IgM, and IgA classes present in the sera of both infected persons (immune antibodies) and normal persons with no history of gonococcal infection (natural antibodies) react with heat-stable somatic antigens. Immune IgG antibodies, however, were distinguishable from natural IgG antibodies by their ability to recognize heat-labile surface antigens. The distinction between natural and immune IgM antibodies was less obvious. IgM antibodies from both infected and normal persons appeared to react with heat-labile antigens. Some, but not all, infected persons had immune IgA antibodies to heat-labile as well as to heat-stable antigens. Treatment of sera with mercaptoethanol had no effect on IgG antibodies. The IFA activity of IgM antibodies was decreased, but not abolished. The effects of mercaptoethanol on IgA antibodies were variable. Some sera showed a decrease in IgA titer, and others showed an increase in IgA activity to certain antigens. Immune IgG antibodies were more resistant to heating than were natural IgG antibodies. Natural and immune IgM antibodies appeared equally sensitive to heating. IgA activity, on the other hand, was increased by heating sera at 60 C, but was decreased at higher temperatures. Thus, it appears that natural and immune human IgG antibodies to N. gonorrhoeae may be distinguished by their interactions with heat-labile antigens and by their resistance to heating

Topics: Infection and Immunity
Year: 1967
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:251882
Provided by: PubMed Central
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