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Western Blot Analysis of Leishmania infantum Antigens in Sera of Patients with Visceral Leishmaniasis


Background: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is endemic in the northwest and south of Iran. Untreated cases of VL could cause death. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of western blotting to detect a specific immunodominant proteins pattern for Leishmania infantum infection using human sera infected with VL.

Methods: We studied a panel of 122 cryopreserved human serum samples from the leishmaniasis Research Laboratory, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran from 2010 to 2017.

Serum samples were collected from visceral (Group I, n: 43) and cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) (Group II, n: 8) patients, healthy individuals from endemic (Group III, n: 13) and non-endemic (Group IV, n: 16) areas for VL, and patients with other infectious diseases (Group V, n: 42). Total antigens were prepared from the Iranian strain of L. infantum promastigote form.

Results: In western blotting method, 34 protein bands of 14 to 163 kDa were recognized using the sera of VL pa­tients. The polypeptide fractions with the highest frequency including 29, 51, and 62 kDa fractions were detected using 81.4%, 79%, and 81.4% of the sera, respectively. These bands were not detected using the sera of the negative control. Moreover, 19-23, 27, 31-35, 143-163, and 109 kDa fractions were detected specifically using the sera of the patients with VL.

Conclusion: This technique could be a primary step for further exploration of VL immunodominant antigens for cloning (or any technique) further investigations for future planning.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijpa.v14i1.713
Visceral leishmaniasis Human Leishmania infantum Antigen Western blotting

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HEIDARI S, GHARECHAHI J, MOHEBALI M, AKHOUNDI B, MIRSHAHVALADI S, AZARIAN B, HAJJARAN H. Western Blot Analysis of Leishmania infantum Antigens in Sera of Patients with Visceral Leishmaniasis. Iran J Parasitol. 2019;14(1):10-19.