Tuberculosis detection in nonhuman primates is enhanced by use of testing algorithms that include an interferon-γ release assay

Joann L. Yee, Kamm Prongay, Koen K.A. Van Rompay, Suthirote Meesawat, Taratorn Kemthong, Bryson Halley, Amanda Carpenter, Peter Nham, Kenneth Rogers, Dana Hasselschwert, Francois Villinger, Alexandra N. Jay, Saradee Warit, Suchinda Malivijitnond, Jeffrey A. Roberts

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE To develop a testing algorithm that incorporates multiple assays to evaluate host cellular and humoral immunity and antigen detection concerning Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) infection in captive nonhuman primates. ANIMALS Cohorts of captive-bred and wild-caught macaques from 5 different geographic regions. PROCEDURES Macaques were tested for MTBC infection by use of a γ interferon tuberculosis (GIFT) assay, an interferon-γ release assay, and other assays. In the first 2 cohorts (n = 15 and 181), initial validation of the GIFT assay was performed by use of experimentally infected and unexposed control macaques. In the next 3 cohorts (n = 59, 42, and 11), results were obtained for opportunistically collected samples from macaques exposed during spontaneous outbreaks. RESULTS Sensitivity and specificity of the GIFT assay in the control cohorts were 100% and 97%, respectively, and were variable but enhanced by incorporating results from multiple assays in spontaneous outbreaks. CLINICAL RELEVANCE The detection and management of MTBC infection in captive nonhuman primate populations is an ongoing challenge, especially with animal imports and transfers. Despite standardized practices of initial quarantine with regular intradermal tuberculin skin testing, spontaneous outbreaks continue to be reported. Since infection encompasses a range of disease manifestations over time, a testing algorithm that incorporates multiple assays, such as the GIFT assay, to evaluate host cellular and humoral immunity in addition to agent detection is needed. Testing a combination of samples from controlled studies and spontaneous outbreaks of MTBC infection in nonhuman primates would advance the development and validation of a functional algorithm that incorporates promising tools such as the GIFT assay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of veterinary research
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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