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Evaluation of the specific IgG- and IgA-antibody response against immundominant Aspergillus fumigatus antigens as diagnostic markers of invasive aspergillosis
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44th Annual Meeting of the German-Speaking Mycological Society (DMykG) together with the Austrian Society of Medical Mycology (ÖGMM)
Vienna, Austria, September 9-11, 2010
An improvement in the serological diagnostic toolbox of invasive aspergillosis (IA) is necessary. So far, most laboratories do not perform antibody detection assays at all to diagnose IA, as commercial test systems are based on crude and undefined antigen mixtures of A. fumigatus. Utilizing the A. fumigatus protein mitogillin, we could demonstrate that the use of selected characterized immunodominant antigens can improve the serodiagnosis of Aspergillus-related diseases. In an animal model we were able to identify additional 36 immunodominant antigens of a cDNA library of A. fumigatus germlings. Five selected antigens were expressed recombinantly in E. coli, purified and used for Westernblot und ELISA analyses to study the kinetics of the specific antibody response in rabbits that were infected systemically with A. fumigatus. Subsequently, the specific IgG- and IgA-antibody responses against these antigens were studied in patients suffering from proven IA and compared to healthy blood donors and patients with other forms of pneumonia. Furthermore, we examined how total IgG- and IgA-levels influence the diagnostic value of antibody detection in IA patients.
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