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Sensitivity and specificity of a commercial BSE kit for the detection of ovine scrapie

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To examine the sensitivity of a commercially available bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) kit (NippIBL) for the detection of ovine scrapie, 50 scrapie‐positive ovine samples from the UK, and 54 scrapie‐negative ovine samples from Japan were obtain and tested using this kit. The sensitivity and specificity of NippIBL for ovine samples were 96% and 100%, respectively. The detection limit of the abnormal isoform of prion protein (PrPSc) of NippIBL was examined using diluted scrapie‐positive samples. The sensitivity of NippIBL to ovine scrapie was 3–10 times superior to that of another commercial BSE diagnosis kit. Thus, the NippIBL kit proved more effective for the detection of ovine scrapie.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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