• Immunodominance in T cell responses elicited against different domains of detoxified pneumolysin PlyD1

      van Westen, Els; Poelen, Martien C. M.; van den Dobbelsteen, Germie P. J. M.; Oloo, Eliud O.; Ochs, Martina M.; Rots, Nynke Y.; van Els, Cecile A. C. M. (2018-03-06)
    • Prediction and validation of immunogenic domains of pneumococcal proteins recognized by human CD4 T-cells.

      van de Garde, Martijn D B; van Westen, Els; Poelen, Martien C M; Rots, Nynke Y; van Els, Cécile A C M (2019-03-25)
    • Serotype-Specific IgG Antibody Waning after Pneumococcal Conjugate Primary Series Vaccinations with either the 10-Valent or the 13-Valent Vaccine.

      van Westen, Els; Knol, Mirjam J; Wijmenga-Monsuur, Alienke J; Tcherniaeva, Irina; Schouls, Leo M; Sanders, Elisabeth A M; van Els, Cecile A C M; Berbers, Guy A M; Rots, Nynke Y (2018-12-11)
      The two currently available ten- and thirteen-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV10 and PCV13) both induce serotype-specific IgG anti-polysaccharide antibodies and are effective in preventing vaccine serotype induced invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) as well as in reducing overall vaccine-serotype carriage and transmission and thereby inducing herd protection in the whole population. IgG levels decline after vaccination and could become too low to prevent carriage acquisition and/or pneumococcal disease. We compared the levels of 10-valent (PCV10) and 13-valent (PCV13) pneumococcal vaccine induced serum IgG antibodies at multiple time points after primary vaccinations. Data from two separate studies both performed in the Netherlands in infants vaccinated at 2, 3, and 4 months of age with either PCV10 or PCV13 were compared. Antibody levels were measured at 5, 8, and 11 months of age, during the interval between the primary immunization series and the 11-months booster dose. Serotype-specific IgG levels were determined by multiplex immunoassay. Although antibody kinetics showed significant variation between serotypes and between vaccines for the majority of the 10 shared serotypes, i.e., 1, 5, 7F, 9V, 14, 18C, and 23F, antibody concentrations were sufficiently high for both vaccines, immediately after the primary series and throughout the whole period until the booster dose. In contrast, for serotypes 4 and 19F in the PCV10 group and for serotypes 4 and 6B in the PCV13 group, IgG antibody concentrations already come within reach of the frequently used seroprotection level of 0.35 μg/mL immediately after the primary series at the five month time point and/or at eight months. This paper addresses the importance of revealing differences in serotype-specific and pneumococcal vaccine-dependent IgG antibody patterns during the interval between the primary series and the booster dose, an age period with a high IPD incidence. Trial registration: www.trialregister.nl NTR3069 and NTR2316.