Antigen capture ELISA for the heat shock protein (hsp60) of Chlamydia trachomatis

P. J. Horner, M. Ali, D. Parker, J. N. Weber, D. Taylor-Robinson, M. O. McClure

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Aims - To develop an indirect ELISA using the heat shock protein (hsp60) of Chlamydia trachomatis as antigen. Methods - The hsp60 gene was amplified by PCR, expressed in the vector pDEV-107 and transformed into Escherichia coli. The recombinant protein, expressed as a β-galactosidase fusion product, was captured onto a solid phase using a monoclonal antibody directed against β-galactosidase. Following incubation with goat anti-human antibody conjugated to peroxidase and colour development on addition of peroxidase substrate, antibody recognition of antigen was quantified by optical density at 492 nm. Results - A sensitive and relatively specific ELISA to detect hsp60 has been produced, which can be exploited to determine the antibody response to C trachomatis hsp60. Conclusions - This assay will permit the future investigation of the immunopathogenesis of persistent inflammation following C trachomatis infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-647
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Pathology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Antibody
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Heat shock protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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