Identification of Antibody Targets for Tuberculosis Serology using High-Density Nucleic Acid Programmable Protein Arrays

Mol Cell Proteomics. 2017 Apr;16(4 suppl 1):S277-S289. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M116.065953. Epub 2017 Feb 21.


Better and more diverse biomarkers for the development of simple point-of-care tests for active tuberculosis (TB), a clinically heterogeneous disease, are urgently needed. We generated a proteomic Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) High-Density Nucleic Acid Programmable Protein Array (HD-NAPPA) that used a novel multiplexed strategy for expedited high-throughput screening for antibody responses to the Mtb proteome. We screened sera from HIV uninfected and coinfected TB patients and controls (n = 120) from the US and South Africa (SA) using the multiplex HD-NAPPA for discovery, followed by deconvolution and validation through single protein HD-NAPPA with biologically independent samples (n = 124). We verified the top proteins with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) using the original screening and validation samples (n = 244) and heretofore untested samples (n = 41). We identified 8 proteins with TB biomarker value; four (Rv0054, Rv0831c, Rv2031c and Rv0222) of these were previously identified in serology studies, and four (Rv0948c, Rv2853, Rv3405c, Rv3544c) were not known to elicit antibody responses. Using ELISA data, we created classifiers that could discriminate patients' TB status according to geography (US or SA) and HIV (HIV- or HIV+) status. With ROC curve analysis under cross validation, the classifiers performed with an AUC for US/HIV- at 0.807; US/HIV+ at 0.782; SA/HIV- at 0.868; and SA/HIV+ at 0.723. With this study we demonstrate a new platform for biomarker/antibody screening and delineate its utility to identify previously unknown immunoreactive proteins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bacterial Proteins / immunology*
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Coinfection
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / blood*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / immunology
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / metabolism*
  • Protein Array Analysis / methods*
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • ROC Curve
  • Serum Bactericidal Antibody Assay / methods*
  • South Africa
  • Tuberculosis / immunology*
  • United States
  • Young Adult


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Biomarkers