Genetic Variants in Toll-Like Receptor 2 (TLR2), TLR4, TLR9, and FCγ Receptor II Are Associated With Antibody Response to Quadrivalent Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine in HIV-infected Youth

Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2013 Jun;20(6):900-6. doi: 10.1128/CVI.00042-13. Epub 2013 Apr 17.


This study examined the association of host genetic variants with the antibody response to the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) in HIV-infected youth. Genetic variants associated with severity of meningococcal disease, including the IgG Fc receptor (FCγRII)-A484T, interleukin-10 (IL-10)-A1082G, -C819T, and -C627A, IL-4-C589T, mannose binding lectin-2 (MBL2)-A/O, -H/L, -P/Q, and -X/Y, toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2)-G2408A, TLR4-A12874G and -C13174T, and TLR9-T1237C and -T1486C were determined by real-time PCR (RT-PCR) for 271 HIV-infected subjects (median, 17 years). Response was defined as a ≥4-fold increase from entry in bactericidal antibody titers to each serogroup. Generalized estimating equation (GEE) models were used to evaluate the association of allelic variants with the immunologic response to all serogroups within each subject with and without adjusting for CD4 percentage and HIV viral load. At week 4, but not after, subjects with TLR2-2408-G/A versus -G/G genotypes and the TLR4-12874-A/A genotype were more likely to achieve a ≥4-fold increase overall in the four serogroups (unadjusted P of 0.006 and adjusted P of 0.008 and unadjusted P of 0.008 and adjusted P of 0.019, respectively). At week 28, the TLR9-1237 T allele was associated with enhanced antibody response (T allele versus C/C, unadjusted P of 0.014 and adjusted P of 0.009), which was maintained at week 72 (unadjusted and adjusted P of 0.008). At week 72, the FcγRII-131Arg allotype was associated with a ≥4-fold increase in antibody titer versus those with His/His (unadjusted P of 0.009; adjusted P of <0.001). These findings suggest that for HIV-infected youth, the initial antibody response to MCV4 is associated with variants in TLR2 and TLR4 while the long-term response is associated with genetic polymorphisms in TLR9 and FcγRIIa.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / blood*
  • Child
  • Female
  • HIV Infections
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meningitis, Meningococcal / immunology
  • Meningitis, Meningococcal / prevention & control
  • Meningococcal Vaccines / administration & dosage
  • Meningococcal Vaccines / immunology*
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Receptors, IgG / genetics*
  • Toll-Like Receptor 2 / genetics*
  • Toll-Like Receptor 4 / genetics*
  • Toll-Like Receptor 9 / genetics*
  • Vaccines, Conjugate / administration & dosage
  • Vaccines, Conjugate / immunology
  • Young Adult


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Fc gamma receptor IIA
  • Meningococcal Vaccines
  • Receptors, IgG
  • TLR2 protein, human
  • TLR4 protein, human
  • TLR9 protein, human
  • Toll-Like Receptor 2
  • Toll-Like Receptor 4
  • Toll-Like Receptor 9
  • Vaccines, Conjugate