DONALD E. CRAVEN, M.D.; ZUHEIR L. AWDEH, Ph.D.; LAUREEN M. KUNCHES, R.N., M.P.H.; EDMOND J. YUNIS, M.D.; JULES L. DIENSTAG, M.D.; BARBARA G. WERNER, Ph.D.; B. FRANK POLK, M.D.; DAVID R. SNYDMAN, M.D.; RICHARD PLATT, M.D.; CLYDE S. CRUMPACKER, M.D.; GEORGE F. GRADY, M.D.; CHESTER A. ALPER, M.D.
Twenty-eight health care workers who had a poor antibody response when initially vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine were revaccinated with three additional 20-µg doses. Eight of the twenty nonresponders, who had levels of antibody to hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs) of less than 8 estimated radioimmunoassay (RIA) units, and all 8 of the hyporesponders, who had anti-HBs levels of 8 or 16 RIA units, attained anti-HBs levels of 36 RIA units or more after revaccination. Tests for HLA-A, B, C, and DR; for complement proteins C2, C4A, C4B, and BF; and for the erythrocyte enzyme glyoxalase I were done in 17 nonresponders and 3 hyporesponders. Nine (45%) had HLA-DR7 and 8 (40%) had HLA-DR3, compared with an expected rate of 23% in the general population. At least one of two extended haplotypes (B44, DR7, FC31 or B8, DR3, SCOl) were detected in 6 of the 9 who did not respond to revaccination, compared with 2 of 11 who responded to a second course of vaccine. Poor responders to vaccine may benefit from revaccination, and genetic factors may modulate the immune response to vaccination.
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CRAVEN DE, AWDEH ZL, KUNCHES LM, YUNIS EJ, DIENSTAG JL, WERNER BG, et al. Nonresponsiveness to Hepatitis B Vaccine in Health Care Workers: Results of Revaccination and Genetic Typings. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:356–360. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-3-356
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(3):356-360.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Prevention/Screening, Vaccines/Immunization, Viral Hepatitis.
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