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Vet Parasitol. 2004 Sep 20;124(1-2):65-72.

Humoral immune response against Fasciola gigantica fatty acid binding protein.

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Division of Parasitology, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar 243 122, India.


Recombinant fatty acid binding protein of Fasciola gigantica was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified by nickel chelating affinity chromatography. The recombinant protein along with native fatty acid binding protein (FABP) isolated from the parasite were evaluated for their potential in the diagnosis of F. gigantica infection in sheep, cattle and buffaloes, both by ELISA and western blotting. Results of this study indicate that there is no humoral immune response generated against this protein in the experimental infection of these ruminants with F. gigantica, thereby limiting the usefulness of this antigen in the early diagnosis of fasciolosis in these animals. Also, the paper discusses the probable reasons for the failure of this protein in detecting humoral response in these animals by ELISA and immunoblotting.

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