Acellular Pertussis Vaccination Facilitates Bordetella Parapertussis Infection in a Rodent Model of Bordetellosis

Proc Biol Sci. 2010 Jul 7;277(1690):2017-25. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0010. Epub 2010 Mar 3.

Abstract

Despite over 50 years of population-wide vaccination, whooping cough incidence is on the rise. Although Bordetella pertussis is considered the main causative agent of whooping cough in humans, Bordetella parapertussis infections are not uncommon. The widely used acellular whooping cough vaccines (aP) are comprised solely of B. pertussis antigens that hold little or no efficacy against B. parapertussis. Here, we ask how aP vaccination affects competitive interactions between Bordetella species within co-infected rodent hosts and thus the aP-driven strength and direction of in-host selection. We show that aP vaccination helped clear B. pertussis but resulted in an approximately 40-fold increase in B. parapertussis lung colony-forming units (CFUs). Such vaccine-mediated facilitation of B. parapertussis did not arise as a result of competitive release; B. parapertussis CFUs were higher in aP-relative to sham-vaccinated hosts regardless of whether infections were single or mixed. Further, we show that aP vaccination impedes host immunity against B. parapertussis-measured as reduced lung inflammatory and neutrophil responses. Thus, we conclude that aP vaccination interferes with the optimal clearance of B. parapertussis and enhances the performance of this pathogen. Our data raise the possibility that widespread aP vaccination can create hosts more susceptible to B. parapertussis infection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bordetella Infections / complications
  • Bordetella Infections / epidemiology
  • Bordetella Infections / microbiology*
  • Bordetella parapertussis / pathogenicity*
  • Colony Count, Microbial
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis Vaccines* / administration & dosage
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / microbiology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Pertussis Vaccine* / administration & dosage
  • Vaccination
  • Whooping Cough / complications
  • Whooping Cough / epidemiology
  • Whooping Cough / microbiology
  • Whooping Cough / prevention & control*

Substances

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis Vaccines
  • Pertussis Vaccine