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  1. Effect of age, sex and smoking habits on pneumococcal antibodies in an elderly population.

    Article - En anglais


    Pneumococcal infections are a common cause of morbidity and mortality among elderly people.

    Protection against pneumococcal infections is mediated by serotype-specific antibodies to capsular polysaccharides.

    To obtain an estimate of anti-pneumococcal immunity, prevalence and levels of pneumococcal antibodies were studied in an unvaccinated elderly population.


    IgG antibodies to pneumococcal serotypes 3,6A, and 8 and to cell wall polysaccharide (C-PS, a common antigen to all pneumococci) were measured by enzyme immuno-assay in 480 subjects aged 64-97 years (206 men, 274 women) who were a random sample (41%) of elderly inhabitants in a semirural community in Finland.


    An average of 10% of the elderly lacked antibodies to serotypes 3,6A, and 8, and 62% of the elderly had them in low titres only.

    Anti-C-PS antibodies were found in 99% of the elderly, and in significantly higher titres than anti-capsular antibodies.

    Antibody titres to C-PS and to type 6A decreased with age.

    Elderly women had significantly lower antibody levels than men.

    Among the men, current smokers had higher antibody titres than non-smokers ; in the women, this analysis was not possible because of infrequent history of smoking.

    The effect of smoking on antibody titres was reversible after cessation of smoking.


    A considerable proportion of the elderly lacked protective antibodies to commonly infecting pneumococcal serotypes 3,6A, and 8. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcaceae, Micrococcales, Bactérie, Anticorps, Sérologie, Age, Sexe, Tabagisme, Epidémiologie, Prévalence, Vieillard, Homme, Finlande, Europe, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Infection

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcaceae, Micrococcales, Bacteria, Antibody, Serology, Age, Sex, Tobacco smoking, Epidemiology, Prevalence, Elderly, Human, Finland, Europe, Respiratory disease, Infection

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0290313

    Code Inist : 002B05B02E. Création : 15/07/1997.