Volume 85, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A multiplex bead assay (MBA) was used to analyze serum samples collected longitudinally from children enrolled in a drug trial for treatment of filariasis in Leogane, Haiti. Recombinant antigens Bm14 and Bm33 from , third polar tube protein (PTP3) from and merozoite surface protein-1 (MSP-1) from were coupled to carboxylated polystyrene microspheres. IgG responses to PTP3 and MSP-1 were not affected by albendazole (ALB), diethylcarbamazine (DEC), or combination of diethylcarbamazine and albendazole (DEC/ALB). However, IgG and IgG4 responses to Bm14 and Bm33 were significantly decreased ( < 0.001) by DEC and DEC/ALB treatment. Antibody responses to Bm14 and Bm33 decreased after DEC treatment (but not placebo) among children who were negative for microfilaremia and antigenemia at baseline, suggesting that these children harbored early stages of infection. The MBA is an excellent serologic technique for multiple antigens that offers substantial advantages over single-antigen based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in mass drug administration studies for monitoring changes in antibody levels.


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  • Received : 14 Jan 2011
  • Accepted : 30 Apr 2011
  • Published online : 01 Aug 2011

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