Serological activity of natural disaccharide octyl bovine serum albumin (ND-O-BSA) in sera from patients with leprosy, tuberculosis, and normal controls.


We studied the natural disaccharide-octyl-bovine serum albumin (ND-O-BSA) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in sera from 151 leprosy patients, 20 tuberculosis patients, and 42 normal persons from a nonendemic area. The three ELISAs, whole Mycobacterium leprae (WML), phenolic glycolipid-I (PGL-I), and ND-O-BSA, are all highly sensitive for detecting… (More)