Detection of pathogen-specific antibodies by loop-mediated isothermal amplification

Ian E. Burbulis, Kumiko Yamaguchi, Olga V. Nikolskaia, Sean Taylor Prigge, Stefan Magez, Sylvie Bisser, Megan E. Reller, Dennis J. Grab

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Abstract

Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is a method for enzymatically replicating DNA that has great utility for clinical diagnosis at the point of care (POC), given its high sensitivity, specificity, speed, and technical requirements (isothermal conditions). Here, we adapted LAMP for measuring protein analytes by creating a protein-DNA fusion (referred to here as a "LAMPole") that attaches oligonucleotides (LAMP templates) to IgG antibodies. This fusion consists of a DNA element covalently bonded to an IgG-binding polypeptide (protein L/G domain). In our platform, LAMP is expected to provide the most suitable means for amplifying LAMPoles for clinical diagnosis at the POC, while quantitative PCR is more suitable for laboratorybased quantification of antigen-specific IgG abundance. As proof of concept, we measured serological responses to a protozoan parasite by quantifying changes in solution turbidity in real time. We observed a >6-log fold difference in signal between sera from vaccinated versus control mice and in a clinical patient sample versus a control. We assert that LAMPoles will be useful for increasing the sensitivity of measuring proteins, whether it be in a clinical laboratory or in a field setting, thereby improving acute diagnosis of a variety of infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-380
Number of pages7
JournalClinical and Vaccine Immunology
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

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Pathogens
Point-of-Care Systems
Amplification
Immunoglobulin G
Antibodies
DNA
Proteins
Fusion reactions
Clinical laboratories
Oligonucleotides
Carrier Proteins
Parasites
Turbidity
Antigens
Sensitivity and Specificity
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Peptides
Infection
Serum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Microbiology (medical)

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Burbulis, I. E., Yamaguchi, K., Nikolskaia, O. V., Prigge, S. T., Magez, S., Bisser, S., ... Grab, D. J. (2015). Detection of pathogen-specific antibodies by loop-mediated isothermal amplification. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, 22(4), 374-380. https://doi.org/10.1128/CVI.00811-14

Detection of pathogen-specific antibodies by loop-mediated isothermal amplification. / Burbulis, Ian E.; Yamaguchi, Kumiko; Nikolskaia, Olga V.; Prigge, Sean Taylor; Magez, Stefan; Bisser, Sylvie; Reller, Megan E.; Grab, Dennis J.

In: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, Vol. 22, No. 4, 01.04.2015, p. 374-380.

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Burbulis, IE, Yamaguchi, K, Nikolskaia, OV, Prigge, ST, Magez, S, Bisser, S, Reller, ME & Grab, DJ 2015, 'Detection of pathogen-specific antibodies by loop-mediated isothermal amplification', Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 374-380. https://doi.org/10.1128/CVI.00811-14
Burbulis, Ian E. ; Yamaguchi, Kumiko ; Nikolskaia, Olga V. ; Prigge, Sean Taylor ; Magez, Stefan ; Bisser, Sylvie ; Reller, Megan E. ; Grab, Dennis J. / Detection of pathogen-specific antibodies by loop-mediated isothermal amplification. In: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. 2015 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 374-380.
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