Differential production in vitro of antigen specific IgG1, IgG3 and IgA: a study in Schistosoma haematobium infected individuals

Parasite Immunol. 2003 Jan;25(1):39-44. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3024.2003.00603.x.


This study has evaluated the individual control of isotype production and the influence of external signals that can be experimentally provided in vitro, in antibody responses to two different recombinant Schistosoma antigens (Sh28GST and TPx-1). Peripheral blood mononuclear cells or enriched B cell fractions obtained from S. haematobium infected Senegalese adults were induced to terminal differentiation in vitro. The production of antibody to either antigen was donor-dependent and for each donor it was antigen-dependent. Differentiation to IgG1 and IgG3 production, and possibly IgA, specific to these conserved parasite antigens could be regulated differentially in vitro. Exogenous IL-2 and IL-10 or IL-10 and TGF-beta led to the production of specific IgG3 or IgG1 and/or IgA, respectively. This is the first report on such experimentally induced differential regulation of antigen-specific IgG1 and IgG3. This may have implications in designing protocols for protein based-vaccinations aiming at eliciting antibody responses of certain protective-type isotypes.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Helminth / biosynthesis*
  • Antibodies, Helminth / blood
  • Antibodies, Helminth / immunology
  • Antigens, Helminth / immunology*
  • Antigens, Helminth / metabolism
  • B-Lymphocytes / drug effects
  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin A / biosynthesis*
  • Immunoglobulin A / blood
  • Immunoglobulin A / immunology
  • Immunoglobulin G / biosynthesis*
  • Immunoglobulin G / blood
  • Immunoglobulin G / immunology
  • Interleukin-10 / pharmacology
  • Interleukin-2 / pharmacology
  • Leukocytes, Mononuclear / drug effects
  • Leukocytes, Mononuclear / immunology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parasite Egg Count
  • Schistosoma haematobium / growth & development
  • Schistosoma haematobium / immunology*
  • Schistosomiasis haematobia / epidemiology
  • Schistosomiasis haematobia / immunology*
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta / pharmacology


  • Antibodies, Helminth
  • Antigens, Helminth
  • Immunoglobulin A
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Interleukin-2
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta
  • Interleukin-10