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Journal of Immunology Research
Volume 2017, Article ID 7304658, 8 pages
Research Article

Antibodies against Pneumococcal Capsular Polysaccharides and Natural Anti-Galactosyl (Alpha-Gal) in Patients with Humoral Immunodeficiencies

1Institute of Clinical Immunology and Allergology, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove, Charles University and University Hospital Hradec Kralove, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
2Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Hradec Kralove, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
34th Department of Internal Medicine-Haematology, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and University Hospital Hradec Kralove, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
4Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, St. Anne‘s University Hospital, Brno, Czech Republic
5RECETOX, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Correspondence should be addressed to P. Kralickova; zc.khnf@avokcilark.anilvap

Received 18 April 2017; Revised 27 July 2017; Accepted 7 September 2017; Published 17 December 2017

Academic Editor: Senthami R. Selvan

Copyright © 2017 P. Kralickova et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Humoral deficiencies represent a broad group of disorders. The aim of the study was to compare the levels of antibodies against pneumococcal capsular polysaccharides (anti-PCP) and natural anti-galactosyl (anti-Gal) antibodies in (1) patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), (2) patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), and (3) a healthy population and to explore their diagnostic and prognostic potential. Serum immunoglobulin levels and levels of anti-Gal IgG, IgA, and IgM and anti-PCP IgG and IgG2 were determined in 59 CLL patients, 30 CVID patients, and 67 healthy controls. Levels of IgG, IgA, IgM, anti-Gal IgA, anti-Gal IgM, and anti-PCP IgA were lower in CLL and CVID patients than in healthy controls ( value for all parameters < 0.0001). Decrease in the levels of IgA, IgM, anti-Gal IgA, and anti-PCP IgA was less pronounced in the CLL group than in the CVID group. IgA decline, anti-Gal IgA, anti-PCP IgA, and anti-PCP IgG2 were negatively correlated with CLL stage. We devise the evaluation of anti-Gal antibodies to be a routine test in humoral immunodeficiency diagnostics, even in cases of immunoglobulin substitution therapy. Significant reductions, mainly in anti-Gal IgA, IgM, and anti-PCP IgA levels, may have prognostic importance in CLL patients.