Parasitology Research

, Volume 74, Issue 6, pp 516–520 | Cite as

The infection-stage-related IgG response to Toxoplasma gondii studied by immunoblotting

  • C. Verhofstede
  • P. Van Gelder
  • M. Rabaey
Original Investigations

Abstract

The technique of SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and immunoblotting was used to study the evolution of the IgG antibody response to Toxoplasma gondii antigens in sequential sera of acutely infected patients. The results show that the IgG immunoblot pattern can be a useful marker for the stage of T. gondii infection. A 35-kD antigen elicited the first IgG response soon after exposure. During the course of infection additional bands appeared consecutively, following a constant sequence, to evolve to a late-stage-specific pattern with about 13–15 major bands. This pattern, which was reached at least 4 months after infection, was also found in the immunoblots of 28 patients with a chronic (latent) T. gondii infection.

Keywords

Antibody Response Infected Patient Major Band Additional Band Toxoplasma Gondii 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Verhofstede
    • 1
  • P. Van Gelder
    • 1
  • M. Rabaey
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical MicrobiologyUniversity HospitalGentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyUniversity HospitalGentBelgium

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