Isolation, initial characterization and serological studies of glycolipid antigens from Babesia bovis-infected erythrocytes.
Orinda, G. O.
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Serological analysis of Babesia bovis-derived glycolipids by ELISA and the indirect fluorescent antibody technique demonstrated the existence of their antigenic and immunogenic activities not only in B. bovis but also in B. bigemina infections. This indicates that serological cross-reactivity of B. bovis and B. bigemina relates to glycolipids. The negative ELISA reaction obtained with Anaplasma marginale antisera suggested the specificity of the reaction to the genus Babesia. Fractionation of these glycolipids by Florisil Sep-Pak column chromatography with subsequent HPTLC immunostaining and Orcinol staining suggested the presence of carbohydrate antigenic determinants in B. bovis glycolipids.