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Applications of Immune Responses. Chapter 19. Principles of Immunization. Naturally acquired immunity is acquisition of adaptive immunity through natural events Immunization mimics these events by inducing artificially acquired immunity Natural or artificial immunity can be divided into

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Applications of Immune Responses

Chapter 19

Principles of Immunization

  • Naturally acquired immunity is acquisition of adaptive immunity through natural events

  • Immunization mimics these events by inducing artificially acquired immunity

  • Natural or artificial immunity can be divided into

    • Active immunity

    • Passive immunity

Principles of Immunization

  • Active immunity

    • Results from immune response upon exposure to an antigen

    • Active immunity can develop naturally

      • Following illness

    • Or artificially

      • After immunization

Principles of Immunization

  • Passive Immunity

    • Occurs naturally during pregnancy

      • IgG from mother crosses placenta

        • Infers protection to the baby

    • Occurs naturally as result of breast feeding

      • IgA antibodies in breast milk given to child

    • Artificial passive immunity involves transfer of antibodies produced by another person or animal

      • Can be used to prevent disease before or after likely exposure

Vaccines and Immunization

  • Attenuated vaccines

    • Weakened form of pathogen

      • Generally unable to cause disease

    • Strain replicates in vaccine recipient

      • Causes infection with undetectable or mild symptoms

      • Results in long lasting immunity

Vaccines and Immunization

  • Attenuated vaccines

    • Advantages

      • Single dose usually sufficient to induce long-lasting immunity

        • Due to multiplication of microbe in body

          • Continued stimulation of immune system

      • Vaccine has added potential for being spread

        • “Disease” after immunization could be spread to un-immunized individuals inadvertently

  • Disadvantages

    • Have potential to cause disease in immunocompromised individuals

    • Pregnant women should also avoid immunization with attenuated vaccine

  • Attenuated vaccines in use include

    • Sabin polio vaccine

    • MMR

    • Yellow fever

Vaccines and Immunization

  • Inactivated vaccines

    • Unable to replicate in vaccinated individual

    • Retains immunogenicity of infectious agent

      • Immunogenic not pathogenic

    • Inactivated vaccines fall into two categories

      • Whole agents

        • Contain killed organisms of inactivated virus

        • Does not change epitopes

        • Cholera, plague, influenza and Salk polio are whole agents

      • Fragments

        • Portions of organisms or agents including toxins, proteins and cell wall components

Principles of Immunological Testing

  • Terms

    • Seronegative

      • Person not yet exposed to antigen and has no specific antibodies

    • Seropositive

      • Person with exposure and actively producing antibody

    • Titer

      • Concentration of antibody in serum---Indicates previous exposure

Principles of Immunological Testing

  • Obtaining antibody

    • Serum is fluid portion of blood with no clotting factors

    • Plasma is fluid portion with clotting factors

    • Laboratory animals are used to produce known antibodies

      • Animal is immunized with antigen and produces specific antibodies

      • Antibodies are retrieved by harvesting animal’s serum

Principles of Immunological Testing

  • Quantifying antigen-antibody reactions

    • Concentrations of antibody usually determined through dilution

    • Antigen added to dilution

      • Titer is taken from last dilution to give detectable reaction

Observing Antigen-Antibody Aggregations

  • Precipitation reactions

    • Antibodies binding to soluble antigen form insoluble complexes

      • Complexes precipitate out of solution

    • Complete aggregate formation occurs at certain concentrations

    • To achieve concentrations, place separate antigen and antibody suspensions side by side

  • Diffuse together to create zone of optimal proportion

Observing Antigen-Antibody Aggregations

  • Immunodiffusion tests

    • Most widely known is Ouchterlony

    • Antigen and antibody placed in separate wells cut in gel

      • Solutions diffuse and meet between the wells

        • Result in line of precipitation at zone of optimal proportion

Observing Antigen-Antibody Aggregations: Ouchterlony Technique

Observing Antigen-Antibody Aggregations

  • Immunodiffusion tests

    • Radial immunodiffusion test is quantitative

    • Antibody is added to liquid agar that is allowed to harden

      • Creates a uniform antibody concentration

    • Antigen added to wells cut in gel

      • Diffusion outward forms concentration gradient

      • Ring forms at antigen-antibody precipitation

    • Standards can be used to construct standard curve to establish concentration

Observing Antigen-Antibody Aggregations

Observing Antigen-Antibody Aggregations

  • Immunoelectrophoresis

    • Proteins separated using gel electrophoresis

    • Antibodies are placed in wells and allowed to diffuse towards separated proteins

    • Line of precipitation forms at antibody-protein recognition

    • Used to determine patient antibody levels

      • High levels of certain antibody classes can indicate disease

Observing Antigen-Antibody Aggregations

  • Agglutination reactions

    • Large insoluble particles are involved

    • Obvious aggregations are formed

      • Makes them easier to see

    • Direct agglutination

      • Specific antibody mixed with insoluble antigen

        • Readily visible clumping indication of positive result

    • Indirect agglutination

      • Amplifies aggregation formation

        • Antibody attached to latex bead

        • Agglutination of these beads much easier to see

Using Labeled Antibodies to Detect Interactions

  • Detectable markers can be attached to specific antibodies

    • Marked antibodies used to detect presence of given antigen

  • Tests include

    • Fluorescent Antibody (FA) test

    • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA)

    • Western blotting

    • Fluorescence Activates Cell Sorter (FACS)

Using Labeled Antibodies to Detect Interactions

  • Fluorescent antibody test

    • Relies on fluorescent microscopy to locate labeled antibodies fixed to a microscope slide

    • Fluorescent polarized immunoassay uses beam of polarized light to rate spin of labeled antibodies

      • Works under principle that bound antibodies are heavier then unbound and will spin more slowly

Using Labeled Antibodies to Detect Interactions

  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA)

    • Employs antibody that has been labeled with detectable enzyme

      • Commonly horseradish peroxidase

    • Labels antibody bonds to antigen

      • Binding can be direct or indirect

    • Antigen location is determined using colormetric assay

Using Labeled Antibodies to Detect Interactions

  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbant Assay

    • Direct ELISA

      • Looks for specific antigen

        • Specimen placed in wells of microtiter plate

          • Wells treated with antibody for antigen

    • Indirect ELISA

      • Looks for antibody in patient serum

        • Human IgG

        • Wells of plate treated with known antigen

Using Labeled Antibodies to Detect Interactions

  • Western blotting

    • Technique used to detect antigenic proteins

    • Proteins are separated by size before reacting with antibody

      • Proteins separated by special gel electrophoresis

        • SDS PAGE

    • Makes it possible to establish which proteins are recognized by antibodies

Using Labeled Antibodies to Detect Interactions

  • Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS)

    • Special version of flow cytometry counts cells labeled with fluorescent antibodies

    • Used to count subsets of T cells

      • CD4 and CD8 cells especially

      • Antibodies are attached to the CD4 and CD8 markers

        • Cells with fluorescently labeled markers are counted

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