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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 7215259, 6 pages
Research Article

Serum Dried Samples to Detect Dengue Antibodies: A Field Study

1Unidad de Investigacion Medica en Enfermedades Infecciosas y Parasitarias, UMAE Hospital de Pediatria, Centro Medico Nacional “Siglo XXI”, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), Mexico City, Mexico
2Educacion e Investigacion en Salud, UMAE Hospital de Especialidades, Centro Medico Nacional “Siglo XXI”, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), Mexico City, Mexico
3Medicina de Conservacion, Escuela Superior de Medicina, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico
4Departamento de Biologia Molecular y Biotecnologia, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
5Departamento de Biotecnologia y Bioingenieria, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico

Correspondence should be addressed to Rosalia Lira; moc.oohay@63acilor

Received 10 November 2016; Revised 10 April 2017; Accepted 3 May 2017; Published 29 May 2017

Academic Editor: Cristina Domingo

Copyright © 2017 Angelica Maldonado-Rodríguez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Dried blood and serum samples are useful resources for detecting antiviral antibodies. The conditions for elution of the sample need to be optimized for each disease. Dengue is a widespread disease in Mexico which requires continuous surveillance. In this study, we standardized and validated a protocol for the specific detection of dengue antibodies from dried serum spots (DSSs). Methods. Paired serum and DSS samples from 66 suspected cases of dengue were collected in a clinic in Veracruz, Mexico. Samples were sent to our laboratory, where the conditions for optimal elution of DSSs were established. The presence of anti-dengue antibodies was determined in the paired samples. Results. DSS elution conditions were standardized as follows: 1 h at 4°C in 200 µl of DNase-, RNase-, and protease-free PBS (1x). The optimal volume of DSS eluate to be used in the IgG assay was 40 µl. Sensitivity of 94%, specificity of 93.3%, and kappa concordance of 0.87 were obtained when comparing the antidengue reactivity between DSSs and serum samples. Conclusion. DSS samples are useful for detecting anti-dengue IgG antibodies in the field.