HLA genotypes and rubella vaccine immune response: Additional evidence

Inna G. Ovsyannikova, V. Shane Pankratz, Beth R. Larrabee, Robert M. Jacobson, Gregory A. Poland

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Recent population-based studies have demonstrated the genetic heritability of rubella vaccine response and assessed that the HLA system may explain about 20% of the inter-individual variance in humoral immune response to this vaccine. Our earlier studies compared HLA allelic associations with rubella vaccine-specific antibodies between two smaller cohorts of healthy Rochester, MN, children (346 and 396 subjects) after two doses of rubella-containing vaccine. This study found that specific HLA alleles were consistently associated with rubella-specific antibody titers (B*27:05, DPA1*02:01, and DPB1*04:01 alleles). The current study examined HLA associations in an independent larger cohort of 1012 healthy San Diego, CA, subjects (age 19-40 years) after rubella vaccine in order to replicate our previous findings in the Rochester subjects. Two HLA associations of comparable magnitudes were consistently observed between B*27:05 (median NT50 Rochester cohort 48.9, p=0.067; San Diego cohort 54.8, p=0.047) and DPB1*04:01 (median NT50 Rochester cohort 61.6, p<0.001; San Diego cohort 70.8, p=0.084) alleles and rubella virus-neutralizing antibody titers. Additional HLA alleles resulted in consistent effects on IL-6 production in both cohorts, but did not meet criteria for statistical significance. Our data suggest these HLA alleles play a role in rubella vaccine-induced immunity and provide the basis for future studies that may explain the mechanism(s) by which these HLA polymorphisms affect immune responses to rubella vaccine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4206-4213
Number of pages8
Issue number33
StatePublished - Jul 16 2014


  • Cytokines
  • HLA antigens
  • Neutralizing antibodies
  • Rubella vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Veterinary
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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