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Title: Fiber-optic immunosensor for detection of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever IgG antibodies in patients
Authors: Algaar, Firoz
Eltzov, Evgeni
Vdovenko, Marina M
Sakharov, Ivan Y
Fajs, Luka
Weidmann, Manfred
Mirazimi, Ali
Marks, Robert S
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Issue Date: 7-Jul-2015
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Citation: Algaar F, Eltzov E, Vdovenko MM, Sakharov IY, Fajs L, Weidmann M, Mirazimi A & Marks RS (2015) Fiber-optic immunosensor for detection of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever IgG antibodies in patients, Analytical Chemistry, 87 (16), pp. 8394-8398.
Abstract: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a severe viral disease with high fatality rate. CCHF virus is endemic in parts of Africa, Asia, Middle East and southeastern Europe. Rapid diagnostics of CCHF is vital for appropriate clinical management and prevention of secondary spread from human-to-human. Currently, diagnostics relies on Real-Time RT-PCR and antibody or antigen detection using ELISA. These methods require trained personnel and expensive equipment and are not appropriate for point-of-care (POC) diagnostics. Furthermore there are no POC assays available for CCHF. We developed a fiber-optic biosensor for the detection of CCHF IgG antibodies. In order to improve sensitivity, we optimized both the bioreceptor immobilization protocol and the chemiluminescence substrate formulation. The resulting protocol showed a 100-fold greater sensitivity for detection of CCHF antibodies. Finally, we evaluated the fiber-optic biosensor with two CCHF patient sera. We showed that the fiber-optic biosensor is 10-times more sensitive that colorimetric ELISA and is able to detect both patients with high and low levels of IgG antibodies. We believe that the fiber-optic biosensor is a suitable alternative to ELISA as it is much more sensitive and makes it possible to detect small amount of antibodies at an early stage of infection, and can be integrated as a point-of-care diagnostic system of CCHF.
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Affiliation: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Moscow State University
Moscow State University
Nanyang Technological University
Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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