High pneumococcal serotype specific IgG, IgG1 and IgG2 levels in serum and the middle ear of children with recurrent acute otitis media receiving ventilation tubes

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Abstract

Recurrent acute otitis media (AOM), frequently caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, is a major paediatric health problem. A reduced antibody response against pneumococcal polysaccharides may contribute to an increased susceptibility to AOM. Using a multiplex bead-based assay we measured IgG, IgG1 and IgG2 levels against 11 pneumococcal polysaccharides in serum samples from 166 children below 3 years of age with a history of at least 3 episodes of acute otitis media receiving ventilation tubes, and 61 healthy controls. Pneumococcal serotype specific IgG was also determined in 144 middle ear effusion samples. Pneumococcal serotype specific IgG, IgG1 and IgG2 levels were similar in children with or without AOM, except for IgG and IgG1 levels against serotype 5, which were significantly higher in children with a history of frequent AOM (IgG: 137.5 μg/ml vs. 84.0 μg/ml; p = 0.02; IgG1: 24.5 μg/ml vs. 18.2 μg/ml; p = 0.05). The age-related development of pneumococcal serotype-specific IgG, IgG1 and IgG2 levels was similar in children with or without a history of AOM. Pneumococcal serotype specific IgG was present in middle ear effusion and these levels correlated significantly with serum titres. Children with a history of frequent AOM receiving ventilation tubes do not have a deficient IgG, IgG1 or IgG2 response against pneumococcal polysaccharides, either induced by vaccination or due to natural exposure. The strong correlation between IgG levels in serum and the middle ear suggests parenteral pneumococcal conjugate vaccination induces antibodies in the middle ear which may therefore contribute to reducing the burden of AOM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1393-1399
JournalVaccine
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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