Antibody-mediated protection against infection with Helicobacter pylori in a suckling mouse model of passive immunity

Rebecca Jane Gorrell, Roy Michael Robins-Browne

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Studies of active immunization against Helicobacter pylori indicate that antibodies play a minor role in immunity. There is also evidence, however, that the translocation of antibodies in the stomach may be insufficient to achieve functional antibody levels in the gastric lumen. We have used a suckling mouse model of passive immunity to determine if perorally delivered antibodies can protect against infection with H. pylori. Female C57BL/6 mice were immunized parenterally with formalin-fixed cells of three clinical isolates of H. pylori (3HP) or the mouse-adapted H. pylori strain SS1 before mating. Their pups were challenged with the SS1 strain at 4 days of age and left to suckle before determination of bacterial loads 14 days later. Compared to age-matched controls, pups suckled by 3HP-vaccinated dams were significantly protected against infection (>95 reduction in median bacterial load; P99.5 reduction; P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5116 - 5129
Number of pages14
JournalInfection and Immunity
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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