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Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2005 Mar-Apr;38(2):137-41. Epub 2005 Mar 30.

[Immunoglobulin isotype and IgG subclass profiles in American tegumentary leishmaniasis].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Laboratório de Imunologia, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brasil.

Abstract

The present work investigated the serum antibody profiles in 37 patients with American tegumentary leishmaniasis, who were attended at Hospital de Clinicas - Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, MG, Brazil. The immunoglobulin class and IgG subclass profiles were analyzed by indirect ELISA using Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis soluble antigen. The antibody avidity was determined by 6 M urea treatment after incubation with immunoenzymatic conjugate. It was observed that 97% of the serum samples presented anti-Leishmania antibodies for IgE class, 94.6% IgG, 57.5% IgA and 21.5% IgM class. For IgG subclasses the profiles were in the following order of frequency: IgG1>IgG3>IgG2>IgG4. High avidity of anti-Leishmania IgE antibodies was found in 44.4% of the samples. On the other hand, moderate avidity of specific IgG and IgA was observed in 62.8% and 47.8% of samples, respectively. These results indicate a very complex antibody response profile against American tegumentary leishmaniasis.

PMID:
15821787
DOI:
10.1590/s0037-86822005000200002
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