A 29-Kda cytotoxic molecule of axenically-grown pathogenic (strain HM1) was purified from an amoebic extract by immuno-affinity chromatography with monoclonal antibodies. Immunoreactivity of the purified 29-Kda molecule altered significantly (p<0·01) after exposure to heat or trypsin, but remained unaltered after treatment with sodium metaperiodate. The 29-Kda molecule was recognised by serum from each of 13 patients with amoebic liver abscess. In an ELISA system, the molecule produced significantly higher (p<0·01) OD readings with these serum samples than with samples from asymptomatic cyst passers. No serum from healthy subjects or from patients with idiopathic ulcerative colitis or giardiasis had antibodies that reacted with the 29-Kda molecule. The immune response to the 29-Kda amoebic protein in man may indicate a specific role for this molecule in invasive amoebiasis.


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