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Front. Immunol., 09 February 2022
Sec. Vaccines and Molecular Therapeutics
Volume 13 - 2022 |

Corrigendum: A Perspective on the Success and Failure of BCG

  • Department of Preventive Oncology, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

A Corrigendum on
A Perspective on the Success and Failure of BCG

by Kumar P (2021). Front. Immunol. 12:778028. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.778028

In the original article, there was an error in Figure 1 as published. Specifically, the curve representing the host anti-Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) immune response in unvaccinated people in low environmental mycobacteria (EMb) abundance areas (normal red line) was not drawn correctly. The corrected Figure 1 appears below.


Figure 1 Effects of environmental mycobacteria (EMb) and BCG on the host response to Mtb and the cross-talk thereof. Host response to Mtb is complex and heterogeneous. Infants and young children have a poorly developed immune system, which is incompetent in containing Mtb infection. BCG vaccination in these people promotes TH1 responses to Mtb, resulting in the effective containment of the bacilli and significant protection against childhood TB (dashed blue and red lines). Owing to the presence of cross-reactive antigens, EMb also activate a degree of immunity against Mtb and therefore, confer some protection against childhood TB (blue line). However, frequent EMb exposure leads to the aggravation of anti-Mtb immunity in immunocompetent adults, which drives TB pathogenesis and results in higher incidence of pulmonary TB in the EMb-abundant areas (normal blue line). Similar aggravation of anti-Mtb immunity occurs in BCG-vaccinated adults in the EMb-abundant areas and leads to higher incidence of adult pulmonary TB and low efficacy of BCG in these places (dashed blue line). On the other hand, owing to low EMb exposure, BCG-mediated immunity against Mtb is not substantially modulated in the adult inhabitants in the areas of lower EMb abundance (dashed red line). Accordingly, vaccinated adults exhibit a moderately intense anti-Mtb immune response, which confers significant protection against adult pulmonary TB in these areas.

The authors apologize for this error and state that this does not change the scientific conclusions of the article in any way. The original article has been updated.

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Keywords: tuberculosis, BCG, vaccine efficacy, immune response, environmental mycobacteria, heterogeneity, geographical latitude

Citation: Kumar P (2022) Corrigendum: A Perspective on the Success and Failure of BCG. Front. Immunol. 13:850325. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.850325

Received: 07 January 2022; Accepted: 12 January 2022;
Published: 09 February 2022.

Edited and reviewed by:

Juraj Ivanyi, King’s College London, United Kingdom

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*Correspondence: Pawan Kumar,