Secretory immune response and clinical sequelae of Salmonella infection in a point source cohort

J Rheumatol. 1994 Jan;21(1):132-7.


Objective: To determine the kinetic isotypic serum and secretory immune response to Salmonella enteritidis in a cohort of individuals exposed to the organism in a single food source outbreak of dysentery. To determine the clinical outcome and immunogenetics of the exposed cohort and to correlate these features with the immune response.

Methods: Following a single point source outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis, a cohort of dysenteric individuals were ascertained using a reactive arthritis screening questionnaire (QUEST). Serum and stimulated saliva samples were obtained at 6, 12, and 24 months following the outbreak of dysentery; examinations were conducted at the same time. Two unexposed control groups were ascertained: (1) general rheumatology clinic patients and (2) well nonarthritic family practice patients. An ELISA to determine quantitative IgA responses to Salmonella enteritidis lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was performed.

Results: Eleven of the 84 exposed individuals with dysentery developed reactive arthritis (ReA) of reactive enthesitis (ReE). There was a prolonged salivary IgA anti-LPS response in both the ReA/ReE and DYS (dysentery alone) patients compared with unexposed controls. A ratio of salivary IgA anti-LPS/serum IgA anti-LPS > 1 was associated with a good outcome (remission) of ReA, whereas a ratio < 1 was associated with chronic disease.

Conclusions: There is a more prolonged humoral immune response to Salmonella LPS in exposed individuals than hitherto described. A risk factor in the prolongation of ReA is the inability to mount an appropriate specific salivary (secretory) immune response.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibody Formation
  • Arthritis, Reactive / immunology
  • Arthritis, Reactive / microbiology*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Cohort Studies
  • Dysentery / immunology
  • Dysentery / microbiology
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin A / analysis
  • Lipopolysaccharides / immunology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prohibitins
  • Saliva / immunology
  • Salmonella Infections / immunology*


  • Immunoglobulin A
  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • PHB2 protein, human
  • Prohibitins