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1 December 2010 Identification of a Highly Immunoreactive Epitope of Brugia malayi TPx Recognized by the Endemic Sera
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Filarial thiordoxin peroxidase is a major antioxidant that plays a crucial role in parasite survival. Although Brugia malayi TPx has been shown to be a potential vaccine candidate, it shares 63% homology with its mammalian counterpart, limiting its use as a vaccine or drug target. In silico analysis of TPx sequence revealed a linear B epitope in the host's nonhomologous region. The peptide sequence (TPx peptide27–48) was synthesized, and its reactivity with clinical sera from an endemic region was analyzed. The peptide showed significantly high reactivity (P < 0.05) against the sera of putatively immune individuals compared to the nonendemic control sera. It also showed high reactivity against the sera of patients with chronic pathology and patent infection. The high reactivity of the peptide with endemic immune sera equivalent to that of whole protein shows that it forms a dominant B epitope of TPx protein and thus could be utilized for incorporation into a multiepitope vaccine construct for filariasis.
Jayaprakasam Madhumathi, Prabhu Rajaiah Prince, Subash Chellam Gayatri, Ramanathan Aparnaa and Perumal Kaliraj "Identification of a Highly Immunoreactive Epitope of Brugia malayi TPx Recognized by the Endemic Sera," Journal of Parasitology 96(6), (1 December 2010). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-2532.1
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