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Abraham, P.R. and Devalraju, K.P. and Jha, V. and Valluri, V.L. and Mukhopadhyay, Sangita (2018) PPE17 (Rv1168c) protein of Mycobacterium tuberculosis detects individuals with latent TB infection. PLOS ONE, 13 (11). e0207787. ISSN 1932-6203

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Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is a clinically distinct category of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection that needs to be diagnosed at the initial stage. We have reported earlier that one of the Mtb proline-proline-glutamic acid (PPE) proteins, PPE17 (Rv1168c) is associated with stronger B-cell and T-cell responses and could be used to diagnose different clinical categories of active TB patients with higher specificity and sensitivity than PPD and ESAT-6. Based on these observations we further tested the potential of PPE17 for the diagnosis of LTBI. We tested 198 sera samples collected from LTBI individuals (n = 61), QFT-negative (n = 58) and active TB patients (n = 79). Individuals were defined as LTBI by QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) positive results, while active TB patients were confirmed based on the guidelines of the Revised National TB Control Programme of India. The antibody responses against PPE17, ESAT-6:CFP-10 and PPD were compared in these subjects by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. We observed that LTBI individuals show a higher sero-reactivity to PPE17 as compared to currently used latent TB diagnostic antigens like ESAT-6, CFP-10 and PPD. The LTBI and active TB patients display almost similar sensitivity. Interestingly, PPE17 could discriminate LTBI positive subjects from the QFT-negative subjects (P < 0.001). Our study hints that PPE17 may be used as a novel serodiagnostic marker to screen the latently infected subjects and may also be used as a complimentary tool to the QFT-GIT.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Dr P Divakar
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2018 03:27
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 03:27
URI: http://cdfd.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/871

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