Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 103, Issue 13, pp 5259–5267 | Cite as

Ribokinase screened from T7 phage displayed Mycobacterium tuberculosis genomic DNA library had good potential for the serodiagnosis of tuberculosis

  • Dan Luo
  • Li Wang
  • Haican Liu
  • Lingling Li
  • Yating Liao
  • Xiaomei Yi
  • Xiaoliang Yan
  • Kanglin WanEmail author
  • Yanhua ZengEmail author
Biotechnologically relevant enzymes and proteins


Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) is the leading cause of death among infectious diseases in the worldwide. Lack of more sensitive and effective diagnostic reagents has increased the awareness of rapid diagnosis for tuberculosis. In this study, T7 phage displayed genomic DNA library of M. tuberculosis was constructed to screen the antigens that specially bind with TB-positive serum from the whole genome of M. tuberculosis and to improve the sensitivity and specificity of tuberculosis serological diagnosis. After three rounds of biopanning, results of DNA sequencing and BLAST analysis showed that 19 positive phages displayed four different proteins and the occurrence frequency of the phage which displayed ribokinase was the highest. The results of indirect ELISA and dot immunoblotting indicated that representative phages could specifically bind to tuberculosis-positive serum. The prokaryotic expression vector containing the DNA sequence of ribokinase gene was then constructed and the recombinant protein was expressed and purified to evaluate the serodiagnosis value of ribokinase. The reactivity of the recombinant ribokinase with different clinical serum was detected and the sensitivities and specificities in tuberculosis serodiagnosis were 90% and 86%, respectively by screening serum from tuberculosis patients (n = 90) and uninfected individuals (n = 90) based on ELISA. Therefore, this study demonstrated that ribokinase had good potential for the serodiagnosis of tuberculosis.


Ribokinase T7 phage displayed genomic DNA library Mycobacterium tuberculosis Serological diagnosis 


Funding information

This study was funded by “Prevention and Control of AIDS and Viral Hepatitis etc. Other Major Infectious Disease”—the Science and Technology Major Special Project of the 12th Five-Year Plan of China (grant number 10003006–002) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant number 81871256).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical statement

The study was approved by the ethics review board of University of South China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Luo
    • 1
  • Li Wang
    • 1
  • Haican Liu
    • 2
  • Lingling Li
    • 1
  • Yating Liao
    • 1
  • Xiaomei Yi
    • 3
  • Xiaoliang Yan
    • 1
  • Kanglin Wan
    • 2
    Email author
  • Yanhua Zeng
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Pathogenic Biology, Hengyang Medical College, Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory for Special Pathogens Prevention and Control, Hunan Province Cooperative Innovation Center for Molecular Target New Drug StudyUniversity of South ChinaHengyangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control/National Institute for communicable Disease Control and PreventionChinese Center for Disease Control and PreventionBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Reproductive Medical CenterThe Affiliated First Hospital, University of South ChinaHengyangPeople’s Republic of China

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