A Multiplex Microsphere Immunoassay for Zika Virus Diagnosis

Susan J. Wong, Andrea Furuya, Jing Zou, Xuping Xie, Alan P. Dupuis, Laura D. Kramer, Pei Yong Shi

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Rapid and accurate diagnosis of infectious agents is essential for patient care, disease control, and countermeasure development. The present serologic diagnosis of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection relies mainly on IgM-capture ELISA which is confounded with the flaw of cross-reactivity among different flaviviruses. In this communication, we report a multiplex microsphere immunoassay (MIA) that captures the diagnostic power of viral envelope protein (that elicits robust, yet cross-reactive antibodies to other flaviviruses) and the differential power of viral nonstructural proteins NS1 and NS5 (that induce more virus-type specific antibodies). Using 153 patient specimens with known ZIKV and/or dengue virus (DENV; a closely related flavivirus) infections, we showed that (i) ZIKV envelope-based MIA is equivalent or more sensitive than IgM-capture ELISA in diagnosing ZIKV infection, (ii) antibody responses to NS1 and NS5 proteins are more ZIKV-specific than antibody response to envelope protein, (iii) inclusion of NS1 and NS5 in the MIA improves the diagnostic accuracy when compared with the MIA that uses envelope protein alone. The multiplex MIA achieves a rapid diagnosis (turnaround time < 4 h) and requires small specimen volume (10 μl) in a single reaction. This serologic assay could be developed for use in clinical diagnosis of ZIKV infection and for monitoring immune responses in vaccine trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-140
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Diagnosis
  • Multiplex microsphere immunoassay
  • Serologic assay
  • Zika virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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