Faculty Research 1990 - 1999

Serum antibody response to oral infection precedes but does not prevent Porphyromonas gingivalis-induced alveolar bone loss in mice.

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Animal, Antibodies-Bacterial, Blood-Bactericidal-Activity, Enzyme-Linked-Immunosorbent-Assay, Human, Mice, Mice-Inbred-BALB-C, Mouth, Porphyromonas-gingivalis, SUPPORT-NON-U-S-GOVT, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S

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Oral Microbiol Immunol 1999 Jun;14(3):194-6




The purpose of this study was to determine whether humoral immunity prevents bacterially induced alveolar bone loss. BALB/cByJ mice were orally infected with the human periodontopathic bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis, and were compared with sham-infected mice. Specific serum antibody titers to P. gingivalis were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Alveolar bone levels were measured as the distance from the cementoenamel junction to the alveolar bone crest and bone loss was defined as a change in bone levels over time or between infected and sham-infected animals. The specific humoral response was predominantly of the IgG isotype, although low levels of specific serum IgA were also present. Antibody titers in the infected animals were significantly different from those in the sham-infected animals by 18 days and remained at maximal levels at 47 days. Bone loss became significant by 26 days and continued to progress at 47 days. Thus the serum antibody response to oral infection with P. gingivalis preceded detectable bone loss and remained elevated while bone loss increased. The presence of specific antibody did not prevent the onset or progression of bone loss.

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