Expanding Access to Biospecimens for Lyme Disease Test Development Commentary

The laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease relies upon serologic testing. A standard or modified two-tiered testing algorithm is used to enhance the accuracy of antibody detection. However, this approach suffers from a lack of sensitivity in early Lyme disease. Ongoing efforts to develop more sensitive antibody detection technologies and other diagnostic approaches are dependent upon the availability of quality-assured biospecimens linked to reliable clinical data. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Horn et al. (E. J. Horn, G. Dempsey, A. M. Schotthoefer, U. L. Prisco, et al., J Clin Microbiol 58:e00032-20, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00032-20) described the development of the Lyme Disease Biobank. Clinically categorized case patients with early Lyme disease and healthy controls were identified (without laboratory diagnostic testing) from three sites where Lyme disease is endemic. Subjects provided whole blood and urine, which were processed and stored at a central biorepository. Whole blood, serum, and urine aliquots were prepared and are available to investigators developing laboratory diagnostics for Lyme disease. After obtaining samples, extensive laboratory testing was performed, including serologic and nucleic acid amplification testing for B. burgdorferi and other tick-borne pathogens. Direct detection methods yielded few positive results. Relative to the findings for another commonly used biorepository cohort, the results of this testing demons...
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research

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Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Lyme disease (LD) is an increasing public health problem. Current laboratory testing is insensitive in early infection, the stage at which appropriate treatment is most effective in preventing disease sequelae. The Lyme Disease Biobank (LDB) collects samples from individuals with symptoms consistent with early LD presenting with or without erythema migrans (EM) or an annular, expanding skin lesion and uninfected individuals from areas of endemicity. Samples were collected from 550 participants (298 cases and 252 controls) according to institutional review board-approved protocols and shipped to a centralized biorepository....
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Immunoassays Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Immunoassays Source Type: research
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Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Poster Number: EI-12 Source Type: research
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Source: WMJ - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: WMJ Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Parasitology - Category: Parasitology Authors: Tags: J Parasitol Source Type: research
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Source: Ticks and Tick borne Diseases - Category: Zoology Source Type: research
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Source: Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Ticks and Tick borne Diseases - Category: Zoology Source Type: research
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