Santiago de Weil N., Hillyer G. V. and Pacheco E. 1984. Isolation of Fasciola hepatica genus-specific antigens. International Journal for Parasitology 14: 197-206. The Fasciola hepatica antigens which induce antibody formation in acute fascioliasis were isolated by acid elution after reacting an F. hepatica tegument antigen extract with a CNBr-Sepharose 4B column coupled with IgG obtained from the serum of rabbits infected with fascioliasis for 6-10 weeks. These isolated antigens were further separated by gel filtration using a column packed with Sephacryl S-200. In this manner three major peaks were obtained. The best serologic antigens were found in peak 2 which had a mol. wt range of 14,000-43,000. This peak contains genus-specific F. hepatica antigens which are highly reactive with fascioliasis serum. These antigens do not cross-react with either Schistosoma mansoni or with bovine serum albumin by gel diffusion. Monitoring by ELISA and gel diffusion with heterologous and homologous antisera showed that as purification by antibody affinity chromatography proceeded, cross reactivity with S. mansoni was eliminated. The rabbit antiserum obtained against peak 2, when tested by immunoelectrophoresis with a crude F. hepatica extract shows one main band identical to the main band observed with serum from acutely infected rabbits. Up to two other minor bands can be detected using concentrated homologous antisera. Fractions obtained from preparative iso-electric focusing of the F. hepatica tegument extract were reacted with sera from rabbits with acute fascioliasis. Two main bands were observed in immunodiffusion with antigens eluting in a pH range of 7.4-8.7. When these fractions were monitored with anti peak 2 antisera, two precipitin bands appeared with antigens eluting in a pH range of 7.4-7.9. The F. hepatica genus-specific antigen pool was applied to ELISA to evaluate its ability to detect antibody in a primary F. hepatica infection in rabbits. A rise in absorbance values could be detected by 2 weeks of infection, reached high levels by 6 weeks and remained high through 28 weeks of infection. © 1984.
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