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Journal of Tropical Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 956875, 10 pages
Research Article

Expression, Purification, and Evaluation of Diagnostic Potential and Immunogenicity of a Recombinant NS3 Protein from All Serotypes of Dengue Virus

1LADISER Inmunología y Biología Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Veracruzana, 94340 Orizaba, VER, Mexico
2Centro de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Universidad Veracruzana, 91190 Xalapa, VER, Mexico
3Laboratorio de Biología Molecular, Departamento de Infectómica y Patogénesis Molecular, Centro de Investigaciones y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, 07360 México, DF, Mexico
4Laboratorio Estatal de Salud Pública, Secretaría de Salud de Veracruz, 91697 Xalapa, VER, Mexico

Received 2 June 2012; Revised 14 September 2012; Accepted 18 October 2012

Academic Editor: Maria Aparecida Shikanai Yasuda

Copyright © 2012 Laura Mónica Álvarez-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.


Dengue is one of the major public health concerns in the world. Since all the four serotypes are actively circulating in Mexico, there is a need to develop an efficient diagnosis system to improve case management of the patients. There exist few studies evaluating the use of the NS3 protein as a protective antigen against dengue virus (DENV). In this paper we show the expression of a recombinant NS3 protein from all serotypes of dengue virus (GST-DVNS3-1-4) and report a reliable “in-house detection system” for the diagnosis of dengue infection which was field-tested in a small village (Tezonapa) in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The fusion proteins were immunogenic, inducing antibodies to be able to recognize to antigens up to a 1 : 3200 dilution. The purified proteins were used to develop an in-house detection system (ELISA) and were further tested with a panel of 239 serum samples. The in-house results were in excellent agreement with the commercial kits with (95%  CI = 0.808–1.061), and (95%  CI = 0.779–0.965) for IgM and IgG, respectively. The agreement between the NS1 antigen detection versus the rNS3 ELISA, (95%  CI = 0.708–0.966), was very good. Thus, these results demonstrate that recombinant NS3 proteins have potential in early diagnosis of dengue infections.