Radioimmunoassay for the detection of virus-specific IgA antibodies in saliva

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The use of a sensitive and versatile radioimmunoassay (RIA) for detection of mumps-specific IgA and measles-specific IgA in unconcentrated saliva samples is described. The samples were obtained either by expectoration or by swabbing of the oral cavity, with or without stimulation of secretion, and were inactivated and clarified before testing. Mumps-specific IgA antibodies were detected as early as one day after onset of illness and peaked at 1-2 weeks after onset. Measles-specific salivary IgA antibodies were detected in 15-month old children 2-3 weeks after immunization. These results suggest that the RIA technique may be useful for early diagnosis of viral infections and for confirmation of response to immunization without the need for a blood sample, as well as for the study of the secretory immune response in very young and older subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-211
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immunological Methods
Issue number2
StatePublished - 29 Oct 1982


  • IgA
  • measles
  • mumps
  • radioimmunoassay
  • salivary antibodies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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