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Cysticercosis Ag ELISA

  • Regulatory status:RUO
  • Species:Human
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RAD650501 96 wells (1 kit)
New RAD650505 5 x 96 wells (5 plate pack)
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Sensitivity (IC50): 1 cyst is detectable in certain conditions


Research topic

Others, Animal studies


Taenia solium cysticercosis is an infection of humans and pigs with the metacestode larvae (cysticercus) of Taenia solium. Circulating antigen detection in serum is an important diagnostic method that indicates the presence of viable parasites. The monoclonal antibodies (IgG isotype) used in this assay are produced against excretory secretory products (ESP) of viable T. saginata cysticerci (Brandt et al., 1992; Dorny et al., 2004). The glycoprotein antigens detected by these monoclonal antibodies are present on the tegument and in the excretory-secretory-products of metacestodes (Draelants et al., 1995).
The assay only demonstrates the presence of viable cysticerci, it does not detect degenerated or calcified cysticerci. In this respect, unlike antibody detection, measurement of circulating antigen levels allows differentiation of cysticercosis cases with viable parasites, with antigen levels correlating to the numbers and size of lesions. It can as such also provide a tool for serological monitoring of antiparasitic therapy in human or pigs: antigen levels drop rapidly after successful anthelminthic treatment (Deckers & Dorny, 2010).

Product References (7)


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  • Dorny P, Phiri IK, Vercruysse J, Gabriel S, Willingham AL 3rd, Brandt J,Victor B, Speybroeck N, Berkvens D. A Bayesian approach for estimating values forprevalence and diagnostic test characteristics of porcine cysticercosis. Int JParasitol. 2004 Apr;34(5):569-76. PubMed PMID: 15064121. See more on PubMed
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  • Erhart A, Dorny P, Van De N, Vien HV, Thach DC, Toan ND, Cong le D, Geerts S, Speybroeck N, Berkvens D, Brandt J. Taenia solium cysticercosis in a village innorthern Viet Nam: seroprevalence study using an ELISA for detecting circulating antigen. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2002 May-Jun;96(3):270-2. PubMed PMID:12174775. See more on PubMed
  • Nguekam A, Zoli AP, Vondou L, Pouedet SM, Assana E, Dorny P, Brandt J, Losson B, Geerts S. Kinetics of circulating antigens in pigs experimentally infectedwith Taenia solium eggs. Vet Parasitol. 2003 Feb 27;111(4):323-32. PubMed PMID:12559711. See more on PubMed
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