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Identification of Antigenic and Immunogenic Proteins of Toxoplasma gondii in Human and Sheep by Immunoproteomics


Background: Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by the intracellular protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, which can infect humans and warm-blooded animals. This infection can lead to still birth and abortion among some susceptible hosts especially sheep and human in pregnancy. Development of a vaccine against T. gondii infection is very important-especially for use in immunocompromised patients, pregnant women, and sheep. Different antigens of T. gondii can be potential candidates for immunization. The aims of this study were to identify the immunodominant and antigenic proteins of T. gondii in sheep and man.

Methods: Tachyzoites’ proteins were separated by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-DE), and subjected to western blot analysis probed with T. gondii positive sera of sheep and human (Biotechnology Department of Pasteur Institute of Tehran, Iran, from April 2016 to March 2017). Finally, the immunoreactive proteins were identified by mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS and MS/MS) technique.

Results: Five immunoreactive and antigenic proteins were recognized by Toxoplasma positive sera of human and sheep. These identified proteins were Enolase 2, rhoptry protein 4 (ROP4), dense granular protein 14 (GRA14), rhoptry protein 15 (ROP15) and rhoptry protein 9 (ROP9).

Conclusion: The identified immunodominant proteins have potential to be used as diagnostic antigens and as diagnostic markers of Toxoplasma infection in sheep and human.

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Toxoplasma gondii Antigens Immunoproteomics Enolase Rhoptry’s proteins GRA14

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AHADY MT, HOGHOOGHI-RAD N, MADANI R, ESMAEILI RASTAGHI R. Identification of Antigenic and Immunogenic Proteins of Toxoplasma gondii in Human and Sheep by Immunoproteomics. Iran J Parasitol. 1;13(1):39-48.