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      Morning vaccination enhances antibody response over afternoon vaccination: A cluster-randomised trial


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          • Early small studies provide mixed evidence for effects of time of vaccination on antibody response.

          • This is the first large scale randomised trial of different times of vaccination.

          • Morning vaccination enhances the antibody response to the influenza vaccine.

          • This simple manipulation is cost neutral and may improve protection from influenza in older adults.



          Older adults are less able to produce a protective antibody response to vaccinations. One factor that contributes to this is immune ageing. Here we examined whether diurnal variations in immune responses might extend to the antibody response to vaccination.


          We utilised a cluster-randomised trial design.


          24 General Practices (GPs) across the West Midlands, UK who were assigned to morning (9–11 am; 15 surgeries) or afternoon (3–5 pm; 9 surgeries) vaccination times for the annual UK influenza vaccination programme.


          276 adults (aged 65+ years and without a current infection or immune disorder or taking immunosuppressant medication).


          Participants were vaccinated in the morning or afternoon between 2011 and 2013.

          Main outcome measures

          The primary outcome was the change in antibody titres to the three vaccine influenza strains from pre-vaccination to one month post-vaccination. Secondary outcomes of serum cytokines and steroid hormone concentrations were analysed at baseline to identify relationships with antibody responses.


          The increase in antibody levels due to vaccination differed between morning and afternoon administration; mean difference (95% CI) for H1N1 A-strain, 293.3 (30.97–555.66) p = .03, B-strain, 15.89 (3.42–28.36) p = .01, but not H3N2 A-strain, 47.0 (−52.43 to 146.46) p = .35; those vaccinated in the morning had a greater antibody response. Cytokines and steroid hormones were not related to antibody responses. No adverse events were reported.


          This simple manipulation in the timing of vaccine administration to favour morning vaccination may be beneficial for the influenza antibody response in older adults, with potential implications for vaccination strategies generally.

          Trial registration

          This trial is registered with the ISRCTN (ISRCTN70898162).

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              A circadian clock gene, Rev-erbα, modulates the inflammatory function of macrophages through the negative regulation of Ccl2 expression.

              Disruption of the circadian rhythm is a contributory factor to clinical and pathophysiological conditions, including cancer, the metabolic syndrome, and inflammation. Chronic and systemic inflammation are a potential trigger of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and are caused by the infiltration of large numbers of inflammatory macrophages into tissue. Although recent studies identified the circadian clock gene Rev-erbα, a member of the orphan nuclear receptors, as a key mediator between clockwork and inflammation, the molecular mechanism remains unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that Rev-erbα modulates the inflammatory function of macrophages through the direct regulation of Ccl2 expression. Clinical conditions associated with chronic and systemic inflammation, such as aging or obesity, dampened Rev-erbα gene expression in peritoneal macrophages from C57BL/6J mice. Rev-erbα agonists or overexpression of Rev-erbα in the murine macrophage cell line RAW264 suppressed the induction of Ccl2 following an LPS endotoxin challenge. We discovered that Rev-erbα represses Ccl2 expression directly through a Rev-erbα-binding motif in the Ccl2 promoter region. Rev-erbα also suppressed CCL2-activated signals, ERK and p38, which was recovered by the addition of exogenous CCL2. Further, Rev-erbα impaired cell adhesion and migration, which are inflammatory responses activated through the ERK- and p38-signaling pathways, respectively. Peritoneal macrophages from mice lacking Rev-erbα display increases in Ccl2 expression. These data suggest that Rev-erbα regulates the inflammatory infiltration of macrophages through the suppression of Ccl2 expression. Therefore, Rev-erbα may be a key link between aging- or obesity-associated impairment of clockwork and inflammation.

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                Elsevier Science
                23 May 2016
                23 May 2016
                : 34
                : 24
                : 2679-2685
                [a ]School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
                [b ]Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
                [c ]Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
                [d ]Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
                Author notes
                [* ]Corresponding author. Tel.: +44 121 414 4398; fax: +44 121 414 4121. a.c.phillips@ 123456bham.ac.uk

                These authors contributed equally to the work described here.

                © 2016 The Authors

                This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).



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