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Developing a new clinical tool for diagnosing chronic Q fever: the Coxiella ELISPOT.
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PMID:  22067057     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Definitively establishing a clinical diagnosis of chronic Q fever remains challenging as the diagnostic performance of both conventional serological tests and PCR is limited. Given the importance of an early diagnosis of chronic Q fever there is a need for a reliable diagnostic test. We developed an enzyme-linked immunospot assay to measure Coxiella burnetii (C. burnetii) specific T-cell responses (Coxiella ELISPOT) to both phase I and phase II antigens and tested convalescent Q fever patients (without chronic disease, n=9) and patients with an established diagnosis of chronic Q fever (n=3). The Coxiella ELISPOT adequately identified convalescent Q fever patients from healthy controls by demonstrating C. burnetii specific T-cell interferon-γ production to both phase I and phase II antigens. Compared to convalescent Q fever patients, chronic Q fever patients showed a distinct Coxiella ELISPOT profile characterized by a much higher spot count for both phase I and phase II (18-fold for phase II, 8-fold higher for phase I) and a consistent shift towards more phase I reactivity. The diagnostic potential of the Coxiella ELISPOT is promising and warrants further investigation.
Gjm Limonard; Sf Thijsen; Aw Bossink; A Asscheman; Jjm Bouwman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  FEMS immunology and medical microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1574-695X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9315554     Medline TA:  FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Diakonessenhuis Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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