Ontogenesis of the Formation of Secretory Antibodies to Respiratory Syncytial (RS) Virus

Epidemiol Infect. 1988 Dec;101(3):565-75. doi: 10.1017/s0950268800029435.


Examination of sera from 184 children aged between 0 and 12 years and 161 adults revealed a close correlation between age and the level of humoral anti-RS virus immunity. Secretory IgG antibodies were found in children in their first months of life. Evidence for their release into secretions from the serum was obtained. This might explain the positive correlation between serum antibody levels in women recently confined with the morbidity due to RS virus in children during their first months of life. Secretory IgA antibodies were found from 4 months until old age. The secretions of children and adults contained virus-neutralizing activity which was non-immunoglobulin in nature, as well as antibodies. However, in contrast to secretory antibody this material did not prevent development of severe RS virus infections.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Antibodies, Viral / biosynthesis*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin A, Secretory / biosynthesis*
  • Immunoglobulin G / immunology
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neutralization Tests
  • Respiratory Syncytial Viruses / immunology*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / immunology
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / microbiology*
  • Respirovirus Infections / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Immunoglobulin A, Secretory
  • Immunoglobulin G