A monoclonal antibody against Schistosoma haematobium soluble egg antigen: efficacy for diagnosis and monitoring of cure of S. haematobium infection

Research paper by F. Salah, Z. Demerdash, Z. Shaker, A. El Bassiouny, G. El Attar, S. Ismail, N. Badir, A. Saad El Din, M. Mansour

Indexed on: 01 Jan '00Published on: 01 Jan '00Published in: Parasitology Research


A monoclonal antibody (mAb), 2F/11F, raised against Schistosoma haematobium soluble egg antigen (SEA) was found to be nonreactive with S. mansoni SEA or other parasite antigens (Fasciola hepatica, Echinococcus granulosus). This IgG1 mAb recognized a repetitive epitope on S. haematobium SEA in the molecular-weight regions of 70, 42, and 35 kDa. It was employed as both an antigen-capture and a biotinylated detection antibody in a sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the detection of circulating schistosome antigen (CSA) and had a detection limit of <1 ng S. haematobium SEA/ml. CSA levels were measured in serum and urine samples from 116 S. haematobium-infected rural students before therapy and at 4, 8, and 12 weeks after praziquantel treatment. Serum and urine samples from 50 S. mansoni -infected patients, 15 patients harboring other parasites, and 30 noninfected individuals were also assessed. CSA was detected in 90.5% of serum samples and 94% of urine samples from S. haematobium-infected patients. CSA was undetectable in serum from the 15 patients harboring other parasites and in 94% of serum samples and 84% of urine samples from S. mansoni-infected patients. In the S. haematobium-infected group a positive correlation was detected between CSA levels in serum and urine samples and the egg load per 10 ml urine. A significant reduction in CSA levels was detected in serum and urine samples after praziquantel therapy. CSA was undetectable in 87% of serum samples and 81.5% of urine samples from schistosomiasis haematobium patients at 12 weeks post-treatment. These data demonstrate that the use of mAb 2F/11F for detection of CSA provides a sensitive method for the immunodiagnosis and monitoring of cure of schistosomiasis haematobium.