Antitoxin in human pertussis immune globulins

J Biol Stand. 1986 Oct;14(4):297-303. doi: 10.1016/0092-1157(86)90017-x.


The level of antitoxin i.e. neutralizing antibodies to pertussis toxin, or lymphocytosis promoting factor, was determined in six pertussis immune globulin preparations from different manufactures. A comparison with antitoxin levels after natural pertussis disease in adults showed that pertussis immune globulins did not contain more antitoxin than convalescent phase sera, i.e. they had very low antitoxin content for specific immune globulins. Agglutinin and anti-FHA titres were relatively higher in immune globulins, probably reflecting a difference between the antibody response elicited by whole cell vaccines used for hyperimmunization in immune globulin production and by natural disease. The low antitoxin content of currently available pertussis immune globulin preparations could explain the inefficacy or conflicting results obtained with these products in prophylaxis and therapy of whooping cough.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Agglutination Tests
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / analysis*
  • Antitoxins / analysis*
  • Bordetella pertussis / immunology*
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Humans
  • Immune Sera / analysis*
  • Immune Sera / immunology
  • Immunization
  • Immunization, Passive
  • Neutralization Tests
  • Quality Control
  • Whooping Cough / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Antitoxins
  • Immune Sera