Predictors of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine immunogenicity among infants and toddlers in an American Indian PnCRM7 efficacy trial

Katherine L. O'Brien, Jennifer Moïsi, Lawrence H. Moulton, Dace Madore, Angelia Eick, Ray Reid, Robert Weatherholtz, Eugene Millar, Diana Hu, Jill Hackell, Robert Kohberger, George Siber, Mathuram Santosham

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Background. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines are important for the prevention of serious illness and death among infants. Factors associated with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine immunogenicity have not been explored. Methods. Children <24 months of age received 2, 3, or 4 doses of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PnCRM7) or control vaccine depending on age at enrollment. Serum samples were tested for serotype-specific antibodies by enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay. Multiple linear regression was used to determine predictors of immunogenicity. Results. Among 315 PnCRM7-vaccinated subjects and 295 control subjects enrolled at <7 months of age, geometric mean concentrations (GMCs) of antibodies were significantly higher after dose 3 than after dose 2 for all serotypes except type 4. The proportion of subjects with antibody concentrations ≥5.0 μg/mL was higher for all serotypes, but the proportion with concentrations ≥0.35 μg/mL was higher only for types 6B and 23F. Three-dose and 2-dose regimens for those 7-11 and 12-23 months of age, respectively, were highly immunogenic. Increased maternal antibody concentrations were associated with reduced responses to dose 1 and 3 but not to dose 4 of PnCRM7. Conclusions. Maternal antibody is associated with a reduced infant response to PnCRM7 but does not interfere with immune memory. In infants, a third priming dose increases the antibody GMC and the proportion achieving an antibody concentration ≥5.0 μg/mL but has little impact on the proportion achieving a concentration ≥0.35 μg/mL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-114
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases


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