Assessment of the serodiagnostic potential of nine novel proteins from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2001 Apr 20;198(1):31-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2001.tb10615.x.


To identify antigens that would improve the accuracy of serological diagnosis of active tuberculosis, we cloned the genes encoding nine potentially immunogenic secreted or surface-associated proteins of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Recombinant proteins were reacted with sera from HIV-negative individuals with extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EP-TB) or HIV-positive individuals with pulmonary tuberculosis (TBH). Specific and high level antibody responses were obtained for four recombinant proteins, of which antigen GST-822 was recognized by 60% of EP-TB and 42% of TBH and antigen MBP-506 was recognized by 45% of EP-TB and 61% of TBH. These results suggest that these proteins are strong candidates as subunits in a polyvalent serodiagnostic test.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Bacterial / blood*
  • Antigens, Bacterial / genetics
  • Antigens, Bacterial / immunology*
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Bacterial Proteins / immunology
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay*
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Humans
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / genetics
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / immunology*
  • Open Reading Frames
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / immunology
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis*


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Antigens, Bacterial
  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins