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Abstract

Recombinantly produced borrelial BBK32 protein fragments originating from , and were evaluated as antigens in the serology of Lyme borreliosis (LB). In ELISA, a mid-portion hydrophilic fragment reacted with LB patient sera. Of the 23 patients with culture- or PCR-positive erythema migrans (EM), 43 % at diagnosis and 52 % at convalescence were positive for at least one species-specific variant BBK32 fragment antigen. In parallel ELISAs with BBK32 whole proteins from the three borrelial subspecies as antigens, 17 % at diagnosis and 26 % at convalescence were positive. These results suggest that BBK32 protein fragments may improve the early IgG serology of LB compared to the BBK32 whole protein.

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