Long-lasting, specific immunologic unresponsiveness associated with cryptococcal meningitis

J Clin Invest. 1982 May;69(5):1185-90. doi: 10.1172/jci110555.


A sensitive radioimmunoassay and an antibody class-specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were used to determine whether patients cured of cryptococcosis responded normally to immunization with cryptococcal capsular polysaccharide (CPS) and type III pneumococcal polysaccharide. 10 normal volunteers and 8 patients who had been cured of cryptococcal meningitis and who had been cured of cryptococcal meningitis and who had no serious underlying diseases were immunized with both antigens. Geometric mean titers to CPS measured by radioimmunoassay were 1:1 in both groups before vaccination, but were 1:3 in patients and 1:119 in controls following immunization (P less than 0.01, Student's t test). Analysis of the class-specific response to immunization with CPS found little anti-CPS IgG or IgA. Geometric mean postvaccination IgM titers were 1:31 in patients and 1:238 in controls (P less than 0.01). Responses to immunization with type III pneumococcal polysaccharide were similar in patients and controls, with IgA, IgM, and IgG mean titers of 1:1129, 1:369, and 1:158 in patients and 1:1504, 1:1039, and 1:163 in controls (P greater than 0.2 for each antibody class). Cured cryptococcal meningitis is often associated with prolonged specific immunologic unresponsiveness.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Fungal / analysis
  • Antibody Formation
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cryptococcosis / immunology*
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunization
  • Male
  • Meningitis / etiology
  • Meningitis / immunology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Polysaccharides
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial
  • Radioimmunoassay
  • Time Factors


  • Antibodies, Fungal
  • Polysaccharides
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial
  • cryptococcal polysaccharide