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Abstract Title:

Durable antibody response one year after hospitalization for COVID-19: A longitudinal cohort study.

Abstract Source:

J Autoimmun. 2021 09 ;123:102703. Epub 2021 Jul 20. PMID: 34303083

Abstract Author(s):

Mar Masiá, Marta Fernández-González, Guillermo Telenti, Vanesa Agulló, José A García, Sergio Padilla, Javier García-Abellán, Antonio Galiana, Nieves Gonzalo-Jiménez, Félix Gutiérrez

Article Affiliation:

Mar Masiá


OBJECTIVES: Durability of the humoral immune response to SARS-CoV-2 has yet to be defined. We longitudinally evaluated during a 12-month period the antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2, and analysed predictors of antibody titres decline and seroreversion.

METHODS: Prospective study conducted in a cohort of patients hospitalized for microbiologically-confirmed COVID-19. Blood and nasopharyngeal samples were sequentially obtained during hospital stay and at 1, 2, 6 and 12 months after patients' discharge for measuring anti-spike (S) and anti-nucleocapsid (N) IgG antibody levels and SARS-CoV-2 RNA, respectively.

RESULTS: 80 non-vaccinated patients were analysed. At month 12 after discharge, 73 (91.2%) patients exhibited detectable S-IgG and 35 (43.8%) N-IgG antibody titres. A gradual wane was observed in S-IgG and N-IgG antibody titres. Linear regression showed that S-IgG decline was positively associated with peak antibody titres (coefficient [95% CI] 0.059 [0.05-0.067], p < 0.001), inversely with WHO severity score (coefficient [95% CI] -0.042 [-0.079/-0.004], p = 0.033), and there was a trivial positive association with age (coefficient [95% CI] 0.002 [0-0.005], p = 0.10); N-IgG decline was positively associated with peak antibody titres (coefficient [95% CI] 0.091 [0.078-0.105], p < 0.001). Logistic regression showed that seroreversion for S-IgG was inversely associated with peak S-IgG (OR 0.19; 95% CI, 0.04-0.45; p = 0.004); seroreversion for N-IgG was inversely associated with peak N-IgG (OR 0.71; 95% 0.53-0.90; p = 0.009) and positively with cycle threshold of RT-PCR (OR 1.14; 95% CI, 1.00-1.33; p = 0.062).

CONCLUSION: Anti-spike IgG antibodies remain detectable one year after hospitalization for COVID-19. Higher peak antibody titres and disease severity were associated with increased durability of detectable antibodies.

Study Type : Human Study

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