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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 457-61

Immunoglobulin and C3-activator profile of the microbiology laboratory worker.

Department of Microbiology, University of Benin-Nigeria

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S N Wemambu
Department of Microbiology, University of Benin-Nigeria

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The levels of immunoglobulin, C3-Activator and C3c in the sera of members of staff who have been continuously engaged for upwards of 10 years in the microbiological routine laboratory of a teachings hospital were determined. These were compared with the local normals, with those of the junior members of staff in the same laboratory but who had put in less than 5 years continuous service and with a control group. The means in all five determinations were much higher in the senior members of staff than the normal standards of the area, particularly the IgG, which was almost double the local normals. The levels for the junior staff were on the whole slightly higher than the control group. The increase in the levels of immunoglobulins with corresponding increases in C3-Activator and 3Cc suggest that immunological reactions, with the binding of complement in the alternate and classical pathways of activation are taking place in most of these senior workers. In the absence of any manifest illness in the senior staff, the findings may suggest a high degree of immunological protection.

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