Volume 85, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Although is the dominant species infecting humans, immune responses to cognate antigens in -infected persons have not been reported. We investigated antibody responses to the immunodominant gp15 antigen from and in -infected Bangladeshi children less than five years of age with diarrhea (cases) and uninfected children with diarrhea (controls). We also investigated polymorphisms in the gp15 sequence from cases. Serum IgG responses to gp15 from both species were significantly greater in cases than controls. In spite of polymorphisms in the gp15 sequence, there was a significant correlation between antibody levels to gp15 from both species, indicating cross-reactivity to conserved epitopes. Cases with acute diarrhea had a significantly greater serum IgA response to gp15 compared with those with persistent diarrhea, suggesting that this response may be associated with protection from prolonged disease. These findings support further investigation of gp15 as a vaccine candidate.


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  • Received : 20 Jan 2011
  • Accepted : 19 Apr 2011
  • Published online : 01 Jul 2011

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