Journal article

Development of a recombinant protein-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for diagnosis of mycoplasma bovis infection in cattle

NK Wawegama, GF Browning, A Kanci, MS Marenda, PF Markham

Clinical and Vaccine Immunology | American Society for Microbiology | Published : 2014


Mycoplasma bovis causes a range of diseases in cattle, including mastitis, arthritis, and pneumonia. However, accurate serological diagnosis of infection remains problematic. The studies described here aimed to identify an antigen that might be used to develop a more specific and sensitive diagnostic assay. A 226-kDa immunogenic protein was consistently detected in Western blots by antibodies in sera from calves experimentally infected with M. bovis. This protein was shown to be a membrane protein with lipase activity and was named mycoplasma immunogenic lipase A (MilA). Different regions of MilA were expressed in Escherichia coli as glutathione S-transferase (GST) fusion proteins and recomb..

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