Mucosal and systemic immune responses in BALB/c mice to Bacteroides gingivalis fimbriae administered orally

T. Ogawa, Hidetoshi Shimauchi, S. Hamada

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A 41,000-molecular-weight fimbrial protein was isolated from freshly cultivated whole cells of Bacteroides gingivalis 381 and purified chromatographically. Salivary and serum antibody responses to the fimbriae, which had been orally administered in the presence of an acyl derivative of muramylpeptides, i.e., either N2-[(N-acetylmuramyl)-L-alanyl-D-isoglutaminyl]-N6-stearoyl-L- lysine [MDP-Lys(L18)] or sodium β-N-acetyl-glucosaminyl-(1→4)-N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanyl-D- isoglutaminyl-(L)-stearoyl-(D)-meso-2,6-diaminopimelic acid-(D)-amide-D-alanine (GM-53), or in the absence of adjuvant, were examined in BALB/c mice when administered by gastric intubation on days 0 and 1 as primary immunizations and on days 27 and 28 as booster immunizations. Gastric intubation of the fimbriae with an adjuvant significantly enhanced the production of anti-fimbria immunoglobulin A (IgA) in saliva. Subcutaneous injection of fimbriae along with an adjuvant also raised anti-fimbria IgA levels, as well as IgG levels, in saliva. Both immunization procedures enhanced the levels of anti-fimbria IgG, IgA, and IgM in serum, and the major class of fimbria-specific antibody was IgG, followed by IgA and IgM. However, subcutaneous injection was more effective than gastric intubation to enhance the production of serum antibody in mice. The subclasses of IgG antibody specific for fimbriae in serum were mainly IgG1, followed by IgG2a, IgG2b, and IgG3. These results demonstrate that the combined use of B. gingivalis fimbrial antigen and either GM-53 or MDP-Lys(L18) resulted in a sharply increased IgA antibody response in saliva and a predominantly stimulated IgG antibody response in serum, respectively. Both antibodies were found to be specific for the fimbriae used for immunization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3466-3471
Number of pages6
JournalInfection and immunity
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1989 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


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