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Abstract Title:

Local tissue irritating effects and adjuvant activities of calcium phosphate and aluminium hydroxide with different physical properties.

Abstract Source:

Vaccine. 1997 Aug-Sep;15(12-13):1364-71. PMID: 9302746

Abstract Author(s):

N Goto, H Kato, J Maeyama, M Shibano, T Saito, J Yamaguchi, S Yoshihara

Article Affiliation:

Department of Safety Research on Biologics, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan.

Abstract:

Effects of calcium phosphate and aluminium hydroxide adjuvants with different physical properties were examined in guinea pigs for local histopathological reactions, electron-microscopical changes of macrophages and adjuvanticity on total IgG antibody response to subcutaneously administered ovalbumin (OVA) and tetanus toxoid (TT). Calcium phosphate gel (Ca-gel) induced active inflammatory reactions consisting of neutrophils (pseudoeosinophils) and foamy macrophages associated with many multinuclear giant cells for at least 4 weeks. Aluminium hydroxide gel (Al-gel) also elicited granulomatous inflammatory reactions consisting mainly of macrophages with foamy cytoplasm, small lymphocytes and giant cells at the injection sites for up to 8 weeks or longer. Severity of local tissue irritation due to calcium phosphate gel (Ca-gel) was similar to that due to Al-gel except for the duration of the inflammatory reactions. Calcium phosphate suspension (Ca-sus)-induced local reactions completely ceased by the 4th week, while aluminium hydroxide suspension (Al-sus)-induced reactions were seen up to the 8th week. Electron-microscopical observations showed that both Al-gel and Al-sus caused damage of macrophages. The adjuvant activity of Al-gel for OVA or TT was significantly stronger than that of any other adjuvant material, whereas those of Ca-gel and Ca-sus were not seen at a dose of 3 mg calcium phosphate per millilitre. Al-sus-TT at a dose of 3 mg aluminium hydroxide per millilitre induced very low levels of antibody. These results suggest that calcium phosphate adjuvant may not be an useful alternative to Al adjuvant.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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