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Título : Serologic follow-up of IgG responses against recombinat mycobacterial proteins ML0405, ML2331 and LID-1 in a leprosy hyperendemic area in Venezuela
Autor : Rada, Elsa
Duthie, Malcolm S
Reed, Steven G
Aranzazu, Nacarid
Convit, Jacinto
Palabras clave : leprosy
prevalencia
incidence
serology
recombinant proteins
Fecha de publicación : 18-Jul-2012
Resumen : Leprosy is a slowly evolving disease that occurs mainly in adults. In this study, the Mamaría Village, state of Portuguesa was selected because it had one of the highest rates (13.25%) of leprosy cases in 1997. Between1998-2004, 20.2% of the 89 cases registered in this village were less than 15 years old and 61.8 % were males. Paucibacillary (PB) lesions were the predominant clinical forms identified, although also multibacillary (MB) forms were found. Additionally, 76% of the patients were bacteriologically negative. At the time of diagnosis, 75% of the patients presented with grade 0 disabilities, 23 % with grade 1 and 2 % with grade 2. Serum samples were colleted from 18 PB and 15 MB, in addition to 14 family contacts, at the beginning and end of treatment. All the groups were re-evaluated during a three-year period (2008-2011). The proteins used for evaluation were ML0405, ML2331 and LID-1. These mycobacterial proteins were highly specific for Mycobacterium leprae and the IgG responses decreased in both MB and PB patients during multidrug treatment. Our results suggest that these antigens could be used as markers for successful treatment of non-reactional lepromatous patients.
URI : http://saber.ucv.ve/jspui/handle/123456789/13005
ISSN : 1678-8060
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