Use of ProteinChip technology for identifying biomarkers of parasitic diseases: The example of porcine cysticercosis (Taenia solium)

N. Deckers, P. Dorny, K. Kanobana, J. Vercruysse, A. E. Gonzalez, B. Ward, M. Ndao

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Taenia solium cysticercosis is a significant public health problem in endemic countries. The current serodiagnostic techniques are not able to differentiate between infections with viable cysts and infections with degenerated cysts. The objectives of this study were to identify specific novel biomarkers of these different disease stages in the serum of experimentally infected pigs using ProteinChip technology (Bio-Rad) and to validate these biomarkers by analyzing serum samples from naturally infected pigs. In the experimental sample set 30 discriminating biomarkers (p < 0.05) were found, 13 specific for the viable phenotype, 9 specific for the degenerated phenotype and 8 specific for the infected phenotype (either viable or degenerated cysts). Only 3 of these biomarkers were also significant in the field samples; however, the peak profiles were not consistent among the two sample sets. Five biomarkers discovered in the sera from experimentally infected pigs were identified as clusterin, lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase, vitronectin, haptoglobin and apolipoprotein A-I.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-329
Number of pages10
JournalExperimental Parasitology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was conducted with the financial assistance of FWO-Vlaanderen, Ghent University, the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp and the “Ministère du Développement Economique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation” (MDEIE, Que.). N.D. received a pre-doctoral grant from the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation through Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT-Vlaanderen).


  • 3-[(3-cholamidopropyl)dimethylammonio]-1-propanesulfonate
  • Apo A-I
  • Apo A-IV
  • Biological markers
  • CV
  • Cestode
  • Cysticercosis
  • DTT
  • EDM
  • HDL
  • IEF
  • IMAC
  • IgG
  • LCAT
  • MW
  • Pig
  • QC
  • S/N
  • SDS
  • Surface Enhanced Laser Desorption-Ionization Time of Flight (SELDI-TOF)
  • Taenia solium
  • WCX
  • apolipoprotein A-I
  • apolipoprotein A-IV
  • coefficient of variation
  • dithiothreitol
  • expression difference mapping
  • high density lipoprotein
  • immobilized metal affinity capture
  • immunoglobulin G
  • isoelectric focusing
  • lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase
  • m/z
  • mass to charge ratio
  • molecular weight
  • quality control
  • signal to noise ratio
  • sodium dodecyl sulfate
  • surface enhanced laser desorption-ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry
  • weak cation exchange


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