Serotype-specific detection of dengue viruses in a nonstructural protein 1-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay validated with a multi-national cohort

Irene Bosch, Ankita Reddy, Helena de Puig, Juan E. Ludert, Federico Perdomo-Celis, Carlos F. Narváez, Alice Versiani, Diana Fandos, Mauricio L. Nogueira, Mohit Singla, Rakesh Lodha, Guruprasad R. Medigeshi, Ivette Lorenzana, Hugo Vicente Ralde, Margarita Gélvez-Ramírez, Luis A. Villar, Megan Hiley, Laura Mendoza, Nol Salcedo, Bobby Brooke HerreraLee Gehrke

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Background Dengue virus (DENV) infections pose one of the largest global barriers to human health. The four serotypes (DENV 1–4) present different symptoms and influence immune response to subsequent DENV infections, rendering surveillance, risk assessments, and disease control particularly challenging. Early diagnosis and appropriate clinical management is critical and can be achieved by detecting DENV nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) in serum during the acute phase. However, few NS1-based tests have been developed that are capable of differentiat-ing DENV serotypes and none are currently commercially available. Methodology/Principle findings We developed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to distinguish DENV-1-4 NS1 using serotype-specific pairs of monoclonal antibodies. A total of 1,046 antibodies were harvested from DENV-immunized mice and screened for antigen binding affinity. ELISA clinical performance was evaluated using 408 polymerase chain reaction-confirmed dengue samples obtained from patients in Brazil, Honduras, and India. The overall sensitiv-ity of the test for pan-DENV was 79.66% (325/408), and the sensitivities for DENV-1-4 sero-typing were 79.1% (38/48), 80.41% (78/97), 100% (45/45), and 79.6% (98/123), respectively. Specificity reached 94.07–100%. Significance Our study demonstrates a robust antibody screening strategy that enabled the development of a serotype NS1-based ELISA with maximized specific and sensitive antigen binding. This sensitive and specific assay also utilized the most expansive cohort to date, and of which about half are from Latin America, a geographic region severely underrepresented in previous similar studies. This ELISA test offers potential enhanced diagnostics during the acute phase of infection to help guide patient care and disease control. These results indicate that this ELISA is a promising aid in early DENV-1-4 diagnosis and surveillance in regions of endemicity in addition to offer convenient monitoring for future vaccine interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0008203
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalPLoS neglected tropical diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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