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Comparison of six commercial enzyme linked immunosorbent assays for detecting IgM antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii.
  1. C Verhofstede,
  2. L Van Renterghem,
  3. J Plum
  1. Department of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital, Gent, Belgium.


    To evaluate the usefulness of different commercial enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) for the detection of IgM antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii the results of six of these assays for a panel of 81 sera were compared. The following tests were selected: Toxoplasma gondii IgM ELISA (Clark Laboratories), Toxoplasma IgM EIA (Labsystems), Toxo-M EIA (Abbott), Toxonostika M (Organon), Toxo M Enzyme Immunoassay (Hybritech) and Platelia Toxo IgM (Diagnostics Pasteur). An antibody capture ELISA developed at our laboratory was used as the reference test. An IgM immunoblotting assay was also performed. Four (Toxoplasma IgM EIA, Tox-M EIA, Toxonostika M, and Platelia Toxo IgM) of the commercial IgM ELISAs gave a high sensitivity and a high specificity. Toxo-M EIA, Toxonostika M, Toxoplasma IgM EIA and the Toxo M Enzyme Immunoassay were too insensitive, and the Toxoplasma gondii IgM ELISA was both insensitive and unspecific. No remarkable differences were observed between the results of indirect or antibody capture ELISAs, and between the results of ELISAs performed with polyclonal or monoclonal antibodies.

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