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Abstract

Caseous lymphadenitis (CLA) is a disease caused by It affects mainly small ruminants and causes significant economic losses worldwide. Because symptoms are not immediately noticeable, CLA clinical diagnosis is not effective. Numerous serological tests are being developed to detect the disease in asymptomatic animals, but currently available immunoassays have problems with sensitivity. Current ELISA formats use native bacterial antigens, and recombinant proteins could be useful for improving the immunoassay parameters. The proteins CP0126a, CP0369 and CP1957 were identified from 2097 candidate proteins by mature epitope density (MED) analysis, expressed in and evaluated in an indirect immunoenzymic system. The CP0126a, CP0369 and CP1957 ELISAs showed 77.5 %, 92.5 % and 92.5 % specificity and 95 %, 90 % and 85 % sensitivity, respectively. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis showed an area under the curve of 0.874, 0.951 and 0.881, respectively. The proteins identified