Healthy-individuals possess circulating antibodies against their indigenous fecal microflora as well as against allogenous fecal microflora - an immunomorphometrical study

H. Z. Apperloo-Renkema, T.G. Jagt, R.H.J. Tonk, D. van der Waaij

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    Healthy persons were shown to possess circulating antibodies of both IgA, IgG and IgM isotype directed against the bacteria of their faecal microflora, assessed by immunomorphometry. After removal, by absorption, of the fraction of antibodies directed against the autochthonous faecal bacteria or cross-reacting with allogenous faecal bacteria, there were still antibodies left directed against allogenous faecal bacteria of both the IgA, IgG and IgM isotype. However, relatively more antibodies of the IgA isotype appeared to be directed against allogenous bacteria than against indigenous faecal bacteria. Persons who reacted with specific antibodies to many bacteria of their own flora also tended to react specifically to bacteria in the allogenous microflora of the other volunteers. The patterns of antibodies directed to faecal bacteria of different morphologies (morphotypes) were unique for each individual.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)273-285
    Number of pages13
    JournalEpidemiology And Infection
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Oct-1993



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