Transfer of human herpesvirus 6 and 7 antibodies from mothers to their offspring

Masahiro Ohashi, Masaru Ihira, Kyoko Suzuki, Sadao Suga, Yoshizo Asano, Tetsushi Yoshikawa, Yumiko Saito, Hisataka Sakui

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Placental transfer of maternal human herpesvirus (HHV) 6 and HHV 7 antibodies to infants was examined simultaneously in 69 paired plasma samples by an indirect immunofluorescence assay. All the mothers had antibodies to both viruses. The mean HHV 6 and HHV 7 antibody titers of infants were significantly higher than those of the mothers. The mean ratio of cord blood antibody titer to the maternal titer for both viruses was 1.89, suggesting active transport by placenta.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-450
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 24-04-2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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