Parasitology Research

, Volume 108, Issue 6, pp 1551–1556 | Cite as

Serodiagnosis of experimental sparganum infections of mice and human sparganosis by ELISA using ES antigens of Spirometra mansoni spargana

  • Jing Cui
  • Nan Li
  • Zhong Quan Wang
  • Peng Jiang
  • Xi Meng Lin
Original Paper


We conducted a study of serodiagnosis of experimental sparganum infections of mice and human sparganosis by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) using excretory–secretory (ES) antigens of Spirometra mansoni spargana and compared the sensitivity and specificity of crude and ES antigens for detecting the specific anti-sparganum IgG antibodies. By crude antigen ELISA and ES antigen ELISA, anti-sparganum IgG was detected in all of 30 serum samples of the infected mice; no cross-reactions were observed in serum samples of the mice infected with Trichinella spiralis, Schistosoma japanicum, Toxoplasma gondii, and normal mice. Anti-sparganum IgG was detected by ES antigen ELISA in sera of mice infected with one, two, four, six, and eight spargana at 3 weeks post-infection (wpi), with a detection rate of 100%, and lasted to 18 wpi when the experiment was ended. The difference in anti-sparganum antibody levels among five groups of the infected mice was statistically significant (F = 245.296, p < 0.05); the antibody levels were correlated with infecting doses of spargana (r = 0.323, p < 0.05). The sensitivity of both ELISA in detecting the serum samples of patients with sparganosis was 100% (20/20), but 96.72% (59/61) of specificity of ES antigen ELISA in detecting serum samples of patients with cysticercosis, echinococcosis, paragonimiosis, clonorchiosis, and schistosomiasis, and healthy persons was significantly greater than 72.13% (44/61) of crude antigen ELISA (χ 2 = 14.027, p < 0.05). Our finding indicates that ELISA using ES antigens of S. mansoni spargana may be applied to the specific early serodiagnosis of sparganosis.


Infected Mouse Schistosomiasis Echinococcosis Cysticercosis Muscle Larva 
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This work was supported by grants from Henan Major Public Research Project (No. 2008-145) and Henan Medical Science and Technology (No. 201003006).

Conflict of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jing Cui
    • 1
  • Nan Li
    • 1
  • Zhong Quan Wang
    • 1
  • Peng Jiang
    • 1
  • Xi Meng Lin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Parasitology, Medical CollegeZhengzhou UniversityZhengzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of HelminthiasisHenan Center for Disease Control and PreventionZhengzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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