Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 217–222 | Cite as

Serodiagnosis of bovine leptospirosis by IgG-Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay and Latex Agglutination Test

  • T. M. A. SenthilkumarEmail author
  • M. Subathra
  • P. Ramadass
  • V. Ramaswamy


The efficacy of a recombinant leptospiral outer membrane protein LipL41 as an antigen for conducting IgG-Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and latex agglutination test (LAT) for serodiagnosis of bovine leptospirosis was evaluated. The recombinant LipL41 antigen developed and used for detecting the antibodies was specific in detection of the pathogenic serovars of Leptospira, as the expression of the LipL41 antigen is restricted only to pathogenic leptospires. A total of 430 bovine serum samples were subjected to IgG-ELISA and LAT, and the sensitivity and specificity were assessed in comparison with microscopic agglutination test (MAT). The sensitivity and specificity of IgG-ELISA and LAT were 86.84% and 93.16%, and 95.42% and 98.33% respectively. Both the tests are found to be sensitive, specific and concurred with the standard MAT. The study concluded that the rLipL41 protein could be used as a potential diagnostic antigen in different assay formats for bovine leptospirosis.


Cattle IgG-ELISA Latex agglutination test Serodiagnosis rLipL41 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. M. A. Senthilkumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Subathra
    • 1
  • P. Ramadass
    • 1
  • V. Ramaswamy
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Animal BiotechnologyMadras Veterinary CollegeChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary MicrobiologyMadras Veterinary CollegeChennaiIndia

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