Multi-component meningococcal serogroup B (MenB)-4C vaccine induces effective opsonophagocytic killing in children with a complement deficiency
SourceClinical and Experimental Immunology, 198, 3, (2019), pp. 381-389
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Clinical and Experimental Immunology
SubjectRadboudumc 4: lnfectious Diseases and Global Health RIMLS: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
Vaccination against meningococcal serogroup B is recommended for patients with a complement deficiency; however, although immunogenicity in this patient group has been shown, efficacy has not yet been established. In this study, we collected serum from children with a complement deficiency in the alternative pathway or in late terminal pathway before and after vaccination with multi-component meningococcal serogroup B (MenB)-4C. MenB-4C is a multi-component, protein-based vaccine against MenB consisting of factor H-binding protein, Neisserial heparin-binding protein, Neisserial adhesion A and outer membrane vesicles containing Porin A. We assessed the vaccine immunogenicity and vaccine-mediated protection by a whole cell enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B strains H44/76, 5/99 and NZ98/254, which shows that vaccination induced antibody titers against meningococcus. We show that the classical serum bactericidal activity assay with exogenous serum indicates the presence of vaccine-induced antibodies and capacity to activate complement-mediated pathogen lysis. However, in children with a late terminal pathway deficiency, no complement-mediated pathogen lysis was observed when autologous serum was applied in the serum bactericidal activity assay, demonstrating a lack of serum bactericidal activity in children with complement deficiencies. However, MenB-4C vaccination still induced effective complement-dependent opsonophagocytic killing against N. meningitidis serogroup B in reconstituted whole blood with autologous serum from children with an alternative pathway or late terminal pathway deficiency. These findings support the recommendation to vaccinate all complement-deficient children against MenB.
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