IgG1 is required for optimal protection after immunization with the purified porin OmpD from Salmonella typhimurium

Yang Zhang, Coral Dominguez-Medina, Nicola J. Cumley, Jennifer N. Heath, Sarah J. Essex, Saeeda Bobat, Anna Schager, Margaret Goodall, Sven Kracker, Christopher D. Buckley, Robin C. May, Robert A. Kingsley, Calman A. MacLennan, Constantino López-Macías, Adam F. Cunningham, Kai-Michael Toellner

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In mice, the IgG subclass induced after Ag encounter can reflect the nature of the Ag. Th2 Ags such as alum-precipitated proteins and helminths induce IgG1, whereas Th1 Ags, such as Salmonella Typhimurium, predominantly induce IgG2a. The contribution of different IgG isotypes to protection against bacteria such as S. Typhimurium is unclear, although as IgG2a is induced by natural infection, it is assumed this isotype is important. Previously, we have shown that purified S. Typhimurium porins including outer membrane protein OmpD, which induce both IgG1 and IgG2a in mice, provide protection to S. Typhimurium infection via Ab. In this study we report the unexpected finding that mice lacking IgG1, but not IgG2a, are substantially less protected after porin immunization than wild-type controls. IgG1-deficient mice produce more porin-specific IgG2a, resulting in total IgG levels that are similar to wild-type mice. The decreased protection in IgG1-deficient mice correlates with less efficient bacterial opsonization and uptake by macrophages, and this reflects the low binding of outer membrane protein OmpD–specific IgG2a to the bacterial surface. Thus, the Th2-associated isotype IgG1 can play a role in protection against Th1-associated organisms such as S. Typhimurium. Therefore, individual IgG subclasses to a single Ag can provide different levels of protection and the IgG isotype induced may need to be a consideration when designing vaccines and immunization strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4103-4109
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number12
Early online date10 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017


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