James Crowe
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Current Understanding of Humoral Immunity to Enterovirus D68.

Vogt MR, Crowe JE
J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018 7 (suppl_2): S49-S53

PMID: 30590621 · DOI:10.1093/jpids/piy124

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a pathogen that causes outbreaks of respiratory illness across the world, mostly in children, and can be especially severe in those with asthma. Clusters of acute flaccid myelitis, a poliomyelitis-like neuromuscular weakness syndrome, often occur concurrent with EV-D68 respiratory outbreaks. Seroepidemiologic studies have found that the serum of nearly everyone older than 2 to 5 years contains anti-EV-D68 neutralizing antibodies, which suggests that EV-D68 is a ubiquitous pathogen of childhood. However, knowledge of the viral epitopes against which the humoral immune response is directed is only inferred from previous studies of related viruses. Although neutralizing antibodies protect newborn mice from lethal EV-D68 inoculation via nonphysiologic routes, cotton rats have a mixed phenotype of both benefit and possible exacerbation when inoculated intranasally. The human antibody response to EV-D68 needs to be studied further to clarify the role of antibodies in protection versus pathogenesis, which might differ among respiratory and neurologic disease phenotypes.

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Animals Antibodies, Neutralizing Disease Models, Animal Enterovirus D, Human Enterovirus Infections Epitopes Humans Immunity, Humoral Nervous System Diseases Respiratory Tract Infections Seroepidemiologic Studies Vaccination Viral Vaccines

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