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Multiplex Immunoassay for Serological Diagnosis of Mycobacterium bovis Infection in Cattle

Enfer Scientific, Unit T, M7 Business Park, Newhall, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.
Clinical and vaccine Immunology: CVI (Impact Factor: 2.37). 11/2008; 15(12):1834-8. DOI: 10.1128/CVI.00238-08
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ABSTRACT Efforts to develop a better diagnostic assay for bovine tuberculosis have shown that the sensitivity and specificity of an assay can be improved by the use of two or more antigens. As reported here, we developed a multiplex chemiluminescent immunoassay that can simultaneously detect antibody activity to 25 antigens in a single well in a 96-well plate array format. The chemiluminescent signal is captured with a digital imaging system and analyzed with a macro program that tracks each serum for its pattern of antibody activity for Mycobacterium bovis antigens. The comparison of sera from 522 infected and 1,489 uninfected animals showed that a sensitivity of 93.1% and a specificity of 98.4% can be achieved with a combination of antigens. The assay system is rapid and can be automated for use in a centralized laboratory.

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