Elisa M. Tjon Kon Fat

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BACKGROUND Field-applicable tests detecting asymptomatic Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae) infection or predicting progression to leprosy, are urgently required. Since the outcome of M. leprae infection is determined by cellular- and humoral immunity, we aim to develop diagnostic tests detecting pro-/anti-inflammatory and regulatory cytokines as well as(More)
OBJECTIVE Multi-center evaluation of a user-friendly lateral flow test for detection of IP-10 and CCL4 levels in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) antigen-stimulated whole blood samples from tuberculosis (TB) suspects. DESIGN AND METHODS A quantitative lateral flow (LF)-based assay platform was applied to detect chemokines IP-10 and CCL4. Chemokine(More)
Acute inflammatory reactions represent the major cause of irreversible neuropathy in leprosy. These tissue-destroying episodes have considerable overlap with acute immunological complications (flares) in several chronic (autoimmune) diseases that similarly warrant early detection. However, the lack of diagnostic tests impedes early diagnosis of these(More)
Leprosy is a debilitating, infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. Despite the availability of multidrug therapy, transmission is unremitting. Thus, early identification of M. leprae infection is essential to reduce transmission. The immune response to M. leprae is determined by host genetics, resulting in paucibacillary (PB) and multibacillary(More)
Although Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, persistent autoimmune disease 10-15% of the RA patients achieve sustained disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARD)-free remission over time. Biological mechanisms underlying the resolution of persistent inflammation in RA are yet unidentified and prognostic markers are lacking.It is well established(More)
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