Duration of Strain 2308 Infection and Immunogenicity of Brucella Abortus Lipopolysaccharide in Five Strains of Mice

Am J Vet Res. 1989 Mar;50(3):318-22.


A study was conducted to compare immunogenicity of a Brucella abortus lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the duration of infection in 5 strains of mice. Mice of strains CBA/NJ, BALB/c, CD-1, C3H/HeN, and C3H/HeJ were allotted into 2 large groups (vaccinated with proteinase K-treated LPS or nonvaccinated) and 6 subgroups based on the intervals between challenge exposure to B abortus strain 2308 and the week the response data were obtained. Criteria used in comparing responses between the various strains of mice as well as between vaccinated and nonvaccinated mice were splenomegaly, colony-forming units (CFU) from spleens, and antibody titers. Responses were evaluated at 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and 12 weeks after challenge exposure. Results indicated that all strains of mice became infected and maintained infection throughout the 12-week period, the percentages of mice infected were significantly (P less than 0.05) less in vaccinated mice for the first 5 weeks after challenge exposure, and there were no direct correlations between increased immunoglobulins (IgM and IgG titers) and reduction in CFU. Vaccinated mice of strains BALB/c, CD-1, C3H/HeN, and C3H/HeJ had increased titers when challenge exposed and also had significantly (P less than 0.05) smaller spleens and lower CFU. Vaccinated CBA/NJ mice did not have marked antibody titers. The overall results indicated that vaccination with LPS offers some initial protection against B abortus strain 2308 infection, but this protection disappears gradually and in various degrees in the 5 strains of mice studied.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / biosynthesis
  • Brucella Vaccine / immunology
  • Brucella abortus / immunology*
  • Brucellosis, Bovine / prevention & control*
  • Cattle
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Immunoglobulin G / biosynthesis
  • Immunoglobulin M / biosynthesis
  • Lipopolysaccharides / immunology*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C3H
  • Mice, Inbred CBA
  • Organ Size
  • Spleen / immunology
  • Vaccination / veterinary


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Brucella Vaccine
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunoglobulin M
  • Lipopolysaccharides