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To study the ability of OspC recombinant proteins from Borrelia garinii and Borrelia afzelii isolated in West Siberia to interact with serum antibodies from patients with tick-borne borreliosis (TBB).
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
Recombinant antigens OspC B. garinii and OspC B. afrelii, serum samples from patients with TBB were used as well as solid-phase enzyme immunoassay and parametric and non-parametric statistical methods.
Higher antigenic activity of B. garinii OspC compared with OspC from B. afzelii was observed when these recombinant proteins were compared in enzyme immunoassay. Detection rate of class M and G immunoglobulins to B. garinii OspC in sera of patients with TBB was 60.5% and 70% respectively.
Obtained results indicate high immunoreactivity of OspC recombinant proteins from B. garinii and B. afzelii and point to perspective of their combined use for serological diagnostics of TBB.