Cristina Seki

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Routine vaccination campaigns are carried out in Argentina twice a year, involving more than 100 million doses of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine. Although the challenge test in cattle has not been totally replaced for the assessment of FMD vaccine potency, Argentine Animal Health authorities have used an indirect alternative method based on specific(More)
The lowest expected protection (LEP) at a 95% confidence of 245 foot and mouth disease (FMD) commercial vaccines was calculated from the titres of liquid-phase blocking sandwich ELISA (lpELISA) of cattle sera obtained from 3920 animals at 60 days post-vaccination (d.p.v.) and challenged with live virus at 90 d.p.v. It was found that LEP evaluation is highly(More)
Characterisation of seven neutralising monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) produced against foot-and-mouth disease virus A(24) Cruzeiro revealed three reactivity groups. Gr-I recognised linear epitopes where as Gr-II was conformation-dependent and trypsin-insensitive. The Gr-III was also conformation-dependent, but trypsin-sensitive. Mar (mAb neutralisation(More)
Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) developed against different foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) vaccine strains were extensively used to study any possible antigenic variations during vaccine production in Argentine facilities. Additionally, a typing ELISA using strain specific MAbs was developed to detect potential cross contaminations among FMDV strains in(More)
The objective of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of systematic mass vaccination campaigns against foot and mouth disease in Argentina. The analysis was based on an estimation of the proportion of protected animals and protected farms in vaccinated populations, as reflected by levels of antibodies measured in liquid-phase enzyme-linked(More)
Specific serum activity levels against four reference strains of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) were evaluated from 1634 animals vaccinated with commercial quadrivalent oil vaccines and from 746 unvaccinated, naive animals, using the liquid-phase blocking sandwich ELISA (lpELISA) test. Cows from the FMDV-free area of Argentina were tested for the(More)
The necessity of avoiding the use of animals in vaccine potency testing has been widely recognized. The repeatability and reproducibility of the Expected Percentage of Protection (EPP) as a serological potency surrogate for A24 Cruzeiro foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) strain was assessed, and compared with the results obtained with challenge in the(More)
During the years 2009 and 2010 relevant epidemic waves of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) serotype O occurred in Ecuador, representing a great drawback for the last stages of the ongoing eradication program in South America. This study describes the molecular and antigenic characterizations of 29 isolates collected from various regions in the country and their(More)
A single serum-dilution liquid phase ELISA (slpELISA) was standardized to be used for serological evaluation of herd immunity against foot-and-mouth disease. The absorbance value at a dilution 1:64 of each serum sample was interpolated in a standard curve by plotting the antibody titers of six control sera determined by end point dilution liquid phase ELISA(More)
The successful sanitary campaign implemented to control the 2000-2002 outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) in Argentina was greatly assisted by the combination of an ELISA test (3ABC-ELISA) that detects antibodies directed against FMDV viral non-structural proteins (NSPs) and a liquid phase blocking competitive ELISA (lpELISA) for the detection(More)