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Rochester, Minnesota 55902


The lack of clear guidelines and studies addressing the proper response to the pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax ®) has hampered our ability to diagnosis and care for our immunodeficiency patients. Should an age matched normal response range to the Pneumovax ® be established, it would have a profound impact in the diagnosis, safety and care of immunodeficiency patients. Moreover, characterizing the B cell compartments response to the Pneumovax ® may better delineate the mechanism of protective immunity from Pneumovax ® and provide an additional tool for the diagnosis and care for immunodeficiency patients.

Study summary:

The ability to respond to a polysaccharide vaccine antigen is an integral part of evaluating a patient with immunodeficiency. The pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax ®) remains the only readily available and the most widely used unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine. Although the pneumococcal vaccine is widely used test the immune systems response to a polysaccharide antigen, no clear guidelines or studies exist to what is considered a proper response to the Pneumovax ®. Immunoglobulin M (IgM) memory B cells are thought to play an important role in protection against pneumococcal disease. It is not known to what extent the ability of B cells to be activated in response to pneumococcal vaccination contributes to protective immunity. To address these issues, the following two specific aims are proposed: Specific Aim 1. Assess Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies to pneumococcus pre- and post-pneumococcal immunization in healthy controls Specific Aim 2. Analysis of B cell subsets in blood of healthy controls pre-and post-pneumococcal immunization to identify changes in memory B cell, class switched and activated B cells.


Inclusion Criteria: - Patients from 20 to 70 years of age Exclusion Criteria: - Previous or current diagnosis of an immunodeficiency (primary and secondary) - Previous or current diagnosis of a rheumatological disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Sjögren, vasculitis), cancer, diabetes, active infection and/or other chronic diseases (multiple sclerosis, etc) - Current or previous use (within that last 6 months) of systemic/inhaled corticosteroids, sulfasalazine, and other immunosuppressive agents (cyclosporin, methotrexate, CellCept) anti-convulsants (phenytoin, carbamazepine), gold, d-penicillamine, and anti-malarials (quinine, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine) - Pregnancy



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Principal Investigator
Miguel A. Park, MD
Mayo Clinic

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Rochester, Minnesota 55902
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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