Search tips
Search criteria 


Logo of iaiPermissionsJournals.ASM.orgJournalIAI ArticleJournal InfoAuthorsReviewers
Infect Immun. 1992 July; 60(7): 2677–2682.
PMCID: PMC257220

Immunoglobulin G2 confers protection against Borrelia burgdorferi infection in LSH hamsters.


We showed that immune serum and its immunoglobulin fractions, specifically immunoglobulin G2 (IgG2), could confer complete protection to irradiated hamsters challenged with the Lyme disease spirochete. Immune serum and its immunoglobulin fractions also killed Borrelia burgdorferi in vitro. Depletion of complement in vivo abrogated the ability of IgG2 to confer complete protection against B. burgdorferi. Furthermore, the majority of antibody reactivity directed against B. burgdorferi was found in the IgG2 fraction. These findings demonstrate that IgG2 plays an important role in acquired resistance against infection with B. burgdorferi. Additional studies are needed to determine the mechanism(s) by which B. burgdorferi evades host defenses despite the development of an effective borreliacidal antibody response.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (1.3M), or click on a page image below to browse page by page.

Images in this article

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Articles from Infection and Immunity are provided here courtesy of American Society for Microbiology (ASM)