Serodiagnostic efficacy of Mycobacterium tuberculosis 30/32-kDa mycolyl transferase complex, ESAT-6, and CFP-10 in patients with active tuberculosis

Gavish Kumar, Pradeep Kumar Dagur, Prashant Kumar Singh, Hari Shankar, Virendra S Yadav, Vishwa M Katoch, Bharat Bajaj, Rajesh Gupta, Utpal Sengupta, Beenu Joshi
Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis 2010, 58 (1): 57-65
Elimination of tuberculosis (TB) largely depends upon definitive rapid diagnosis and treatment. Widely used diagnostic tests do not qualify for use in a developing country due to lack of either desired accuracy or their cost. In the present study an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to evaluate the diagnostic potential of an immuno-dominant 30/32-kDa mycolyl transferase complex (Ag85 complex) and Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific proteins (ESAT-6 and CFP-10) of the RD1 region. Higher sensitivity (84.1%) with Ag85 complex was observed compared with ESAT-6 (64.9%) and CFP-10 (66%), with almost similar specificity (Ag85: 85.2%, ESAT-6: 88.9%, CFP-10: 85.2%), whereas the individual components of Ag85 complex, i.e. Ag85A, Ag85B, and Ag85C, showed sensitivities of 44.6, 34, and 80.9% and specificities of 55.6, 74.1, and 40.7% respectively. A cocktail of Ag85 complex, ESAT-6, CFP-10, Ag85A, Ag85B, and Ag85C antigens also could not help in increasing either sensitivity (51.1%) or specificity (85.2%). Furthermore, immunoblot analysis using clinical isolates as well as a standard strain (H37Rv) of M. tuberculosis also showed strong reactivity of sera from TB patients to Ag85 complex and, to a lesser extent, also to ESAT-6. To conclude, use of Ag85 complex along with ESAT-6 and CFP-10 seems to be promising in minimizing the heterogeneous sero-responses of adult TB cases.

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