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Urine and Free Immunoglobulin Light Chains as Analytes for Serodiagnosis of Hantavirus Infection

Department of Virology, Medicum, University of Helsinki, 00290 Helsinki, Finland
Zentrum für Innere Medizin, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, 22547 Hamburg, Germany
Department of Internal Medicine, Tampere University Hospital, 33520 Tampere, Finland
Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, Tampere University, 33014 Tampere, Finland
Virology, Helsinki University Hospital, 00290 Helsinki, Finland
Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Faculty, University of Helsinki, 00790 Helsinki, Finland
Institute of Veterinary Pathology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Viruses 2019, 11(9), 809;
Received: 24 June 2019 / Revised: 22 August 2019 / Accepted: 26 August 2019 / Published: 1 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hantaviruses)
Rapid point-of-care testing is a megatrend in infectious disease diagnosis. We have introduced a homogeneous immunoassay concept, which is based on the simultaneous binding of antigen and protein L to a given immunoglobulin molecule. The complex formation is detected utilizing time-resolved Förster resonance energy transfer between antigen-attached donor and acceptor-labeled protein L, hence the name LFRET. Here, we demonstrate that urine can be used as a sample matrix in LFRET-based serodiagnostics. We studied urine samples collected during the hospitalization and recovery of patients with acute Puumala orthohantavirus (PUUV) infection. We compared PUUV antibody-specific LFRET signals in urine to those in plasma, and found excellent correlation in the test outcomes The LFRET test from urine was positive in 40/40 patients with acute PUUV infection. PUUV causes a mild form of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, characterized by acute kidney injury and proteinuria. Immunofluorescence and western blotting demonstrated PUUV-IgG and -IgA in urine, however, the presence of intact immunoglobulins did not fully explain the LFRET signals. We purified free light chains (FLCs) from both urine and serum of healthy volunteers and patients with acute PUUV infection, and verified the presence of antigen-specific FLCs. Antigen-specific FLCs provide a new means for non-invasive antibody detection and disease diagnosis. View Full-Text
Keywords: rapid diagnosis; free light chain; hantavirus; serodiagnosis rapid diagnosis; free light chain; hantavirus; serodiagnosis
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Hepojoki, S.; Kareinen, L.; Strandin, T.; Vaheri, A.; Holthöfer, H.; Mustonen, J.; Mäkelä, S.; Hedman, K.; Vapalahti, O.; Hepojoki, J. Urine and Free Immunoglobulin Light Chains as Analytes for Serodiagnosis of Hantavirus Infection. Viruses 2019, 11, 809.

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Hepojoki S, Kareinen L, Strandin T, Vaheri A, Holthöfer H, Mustonen J, Mäkelä S, Hedman K, Vapalahti O, Hepojoki J. Urine and Free Immunoglobulin Light Chains as Analytes for Serodiagnosis of Hantavirus Infection. Viruses. 2019; 11(9):809.

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Hepojoki, Satu, Lauri Kareinen, Tomas Strandin, Antti Vaheri, Harry Holthöfer, Jukka Mustonen, Satu Mäkelä, Klaus Hedman, Olli Vapalahti, and Jussi Hepojoki. 2019. "Urine and Free Immunoglobulin Light Chains as Analytes for Serodiagnosis of Hantavirus Infection" Viruses 11, no. 9: 809.

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