Antigenic Regions of African Swine Fever Virus Phosphoprotein P30

Ping Wu, Andre D. Lowe, Yelitza Y. Rodríguez, Maria V. Murgia, Kimberly A. Dodd, Raymond R. Rowland, Wei Jia

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African swine fever (ASF) is one of the most complex and lethally haemorrhagic viral diseases of swine, affecting all breeds and ages of pigs. In the absence of ASF vaccines, reliable laboratory diagnosis and restricted biosecurity are critical for disease prevention and control. A detection of ASF-specific antibodies in an unvaccinated pig is a good marker for the diagnosis of ASF. The immunoperoxidase test (IPT) is a sensitive test for detecting ASF virus (ASFV) antibodies. However, due to the complexity of the procedure, the IPT is only suitable to be used as a confirmatory test. The ASFV p30 protein-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is widely used for ASFV antibody screening, but the sensitivity is not comparable to the IPT. It is essential to have a better understanding of the antigenic properties of ASFV p30 to improve p30-based serologic tests. In this study, we developed a panel of 21 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against ASFV p30. With 14 out of the 21 mAbs, we defined 4 antigenic regions that contain at least 4 linear epitopes. Nine of the 14 mAbs mapped to antigenic regions 3 and 4 reacted with p30 in all serologic methods tested in this study, such as indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA), ELISA and Western blot. The antigenic regions 3 and 4 are highly conserved and immunodominant in host antibody response. These mAbs and the defined p30 antigenic regions 3 and 4 provide valuable tools for the development and improvement of ASF serologic assays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1942-1953
Number of pages12
JournalTransboundary and Emerging Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • African swine fever
  • African swine fever virus
  • Western blot
  • antigenic region
  • epitope mapping
  • indirect immunofluorescence assay
  • monoclonal antibody
  • phosphoprotein p30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)

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