Development of an elisa for the diagnosis of reactive IgE antibodies anti-therapeutic horse sera

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Hypersensitive diseases that involve IgE reactivity are important concern of public, especially those encompassing the potential pathogenesis from the administration of horse serum-based therapeutics such as antivenoms. A method for the definitive diagnosis of reactive IgE is important for identifying allergic patients to control severe collateral effects during planned and emergency application of immunotherapies when the allergy source cannot be avoided for treatment. To date, no tests have been developed to accompany the wide range of antivenoms produced from horse sera. The aim of this was to develop a cost-effective ELISA of high sensitivity and specificity to detect circulating patient IgE that binds horse IgG3, the most prevalent antibody class in passive antibody therapies. Horse IgG3 was purified in a single step on jacalin-Sepharose and absorbed to standard ELISA plates as the capture molecule for reactive human IgE. The direct performance evaluation with allergenic and non-allergenic patient, together with competitive peptides assays, showed high sensitivity and specificity to detect human IgE that recognized horse IgG3. The analytical sensitivity and ED50 were calculated to be 0.01 μg mL−1 and 0.052 μg mL−1, respectively. The intra- and inter-assay coefficient of variation ranged from 3.3 to 11.1% and 4.0–8.0%, respectively. The horse IgG3-based ELISA assay can detect reactive allergenic IgE at picomolar concentrations. The coefficient of variation suggests that it can be easily standardized between laboratories, provide rapid and can be applied to population surveillance. Patient management during treatment for envenomation would be greatly improved by a robust and reliable diagnostic test for preexisting allergies to mitigate life-threating consequences of hypersensitivity.

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