Parasitology Research

, Volume 118, Issue 1, pp 317–324 | Cite as

Biological evaluation of mimetic peptides as active molecules for a new and simple skin test in an animal model

  • Deborah Carbonera Guedes
  • Aline Kuhn Sbruzzi Pasquali
  • João Carlos Minozzo
  • Craig Faulds
  • Ricardo Rasmussen Petterle
  • Carlos Ricardo Soccol
  • Vanete Thomaz SoccolEmail author
Protozoology - Original Paper


A skin test is a widely used tool in diagnostic evaluations to investigate cutaneous leishmaniases (CL). The actual antigen (Montenegro skin test [MST] antigen) presents some difficulties that pertain to its manufacturing and validation. To contribute to overcoming this problem, we propose the application of new-generation molecules that are based on skin antigen tests. These antigens were obtained through biotechnology pathways by manufacturing synthetic mimetic peptides. Three peptides, which were selected by phage display, were tested as skin test antigens in an animal model (Cavia porcellus) that was immunized with Leishmania amazonensis or Leishmania braziliensis. The peptide antigens, individually (PA1, PA2, PA3) or in a mix (PAMix), promoted induration reactions at 48 and 72 h after the test was performed. The indurations varied from 0.5 to 0.7 cm. In the animals immunized with L. amazonensis, the PA3 antigen showed better results than the standard MST antigen. In animals immunized with L. braziliensis, two peptide antigens (PA2 and PAMix) promoted induration reactions for a longer period of time than the standard MST antigen. These results validate our hypothesis that peptides could be used as antigens in skin tests and may replace the current antigen for CL diagnosis.


Phage display Synthetic peptides Diagnostic Neglected disease 



We thank the Centro de Produção e Pesquisa de Imunobiológicos (CPPI) of SESA, Paraná State, for technical support and for providing the MST antigen for this study.


This study was funded by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq; Grant Nos. 307387/2011-9 and 480292/2012-4), Fundação Araucária (Grant No. 122/2010 [Protocol 17401]), the Programa Nacional de Pós-Doutorado-Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (PNPD-CAPES; Protocol 2847/2011), and scholarships granted to the two first author.

Compliance with ethical standards

All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. The study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Federal University of Parana (Process no. 101328/2015-69). This article does not contain any studies that were performed by any of the authors with human subjects.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Carbonera Guedes
    • 1
  • Aline Kuhn Sbruzzi Pasquali
    • 1
  • João Carlos Minozzo
    • 2
  • Craig Faulds
    • 3
  • Ricardo Rasmussen Petterle
    • 4
  • Carlos Ricardo Soccol
    • 1
  • Vanete Thomaz Soccol
    • 1
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  1. 1.Programa de Pós Graduação Strictu Sensu em Engenharia de Bioprocessos e BiotecnologiaUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  2. 2.Centro de Produção e Pesquisa de ImunobiológicosSecretaria da Saúde do Estado do ParanáPiraquaraBrazil
  3. 3.Department of BiotechnologyUniversité Aix MarseilleMarseilleFrance
  4. 4.Departamento de Saúde ComunitáriaUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil

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