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1.  A Pilot Study of the ELFE Longitudinal Cohort: Feasibility and Preliminary Evaluation of Biological Collection 
Biopreservation and Biobanking  2011;9(3):223-227.
Etude Longitudinale Française depuis l'Enfance (ELFE) will be a national French cohort of 20,000 children followed from birth to adulthood. Biological samples will be taken at birth to evaluate the fetal exposition to several substances. A pilot study was carried out in October 2007 to test the preanalytical factors that affected sample quality. A variety of fractions were collected by the midwife after delivery from different blood collection tubes. Options in the collection process were 2 daily transports of samples, centralized and standardized processing methodology, and storage of multiple aliquots in liquid nitrogen or at −80°C. We analyzed preanalytical factors that could have affected coagulation and then soluble CD40 Ligand (sCD40L) as a quality control tool for serum quality. Cord blood and urine were collected from 82% and 84% of women, respectively, who agreed to be followed up in the ELFE project. The use of syringe was the main factor correlated with coagulation (relative risk: 2.79 [1.47; 5.31], P<0.01). Maternity unit status was also associated with coagulation (RR: 1.48 [1.03; 2.13] in a private maternity unit vs. a public maternity) as well as time between collection and centrifugation (RR 1.03 [1; 1.07] when time between collection and centrifugation increases from 1 h). There were no extremely low sCD40L values indicating extreme exposures to room temperatures. This first evaluation study allowed us to stress the importance of carefully recording all potentially critical preanalytical variables that might be used at a large-scale level.
PMCID: PMC3178416  PMID: 21977239
2.  Immunological Fingerprinting Method for Differentiation of Serum Samples in Research-Oriented Biobanks▿  
An immunoenzymatic serum fingerprinting method was developed to establish a serum sample fingerprint based on IgG titers obtained with three different antigens. Three widely expressed antigens were selected for their capacity to induce long-lasting humoral immune responses. This fingerprinting method may be used to differentiate between two serum samples and to determine whether they come from the same primary blood specimen. The method showed a specificity of 99.5%. This method is suitable as a quality control method for biobanked serum samples.
PMCID: PMC2863373  PMID: 20164255
3.  Cross-Reactivity between Chlamydia trachomatis Heat Shock Protein 10 and Early Pregnancy Factor 
Chlamydia trachomatis heat shock protein 10 (Chsp10) is associated with chronic genital tract infection with C. trachomatis. Chsp10 is homologous to human chaperonin 10 (Cpn10) and early pregnancy factor (EPF), a form of human Cpn10 that is specifically secreted at the start of pregnancy. We investigated cross-reactions between serum anti-Chsp10 antibodies and anti-EPF antibodies in pregnant and nonpregnant patients. Pregnancy was found to be associated with the presence of anti-EPF antibodies, which are specifically induced in pregnant women with a history of C. trachomatis infection, and with the presence of serum anti-Chsp10 antibodies. We also found that infertility was associated with the presence of anti-Chsp10 and anti-EPF antibodies. The HLA class II haplotype DR8 DQ4 was associated with the presence of anti-Chsp10 antibodies but not of anti-EPF antibodies.
PMCID: PMC154954  PMID: 12738647
4.  Construction and Evaluation of Internal Control DNA for PCR Amplification of Chlamydia trachomatis DNA from Urine Samples 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2003;41(3):1274-1276.
An internal control DNA (ICD) with the same primer binding sequences as the target Chlamydia trachomatis DNA was constructed and evaluated in a PCR assay with immunoenzymatic detection. One hundred urine specimens were tested, and 23 were found to contain inhibitors of the PCR, if not subjected to DNA extraction prior to amplification. Coamplification and detection of the ICD appeared to be a useful method for estimating the effects of inhibitors on C. trachomatis DNA amplification.
PMCID: PMC150278  PMID: 12624066
5.  Serological Investigation of Chlamydia trachomatis Heat Shock Protein 10 
Infection and Immunity  1999;67(10):5243-5246.
The humoral immune response to Chlamydia trachomatis 10-kDa heat shock protein (Chsp10) in populations of Russian and French origin was studied by using a recombinant Chsp10 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. A physiological but not a serological correlation of Chsp10 exposure with Chsp60 exposure was observed in the Russian population. In the French population studied, there was a significant association between detection of anti-r-Chsp10 immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies and chronic genital tract infections. Chsp10 residues 50 to 67 were found to contain an immunodominant although not universal B epitope. Cross-reactions with Chlamydia pneumoniae or Escherichia coli GroES protein are limited but may occur. Our study suggests that detection of anti-Chsp10 IgG antibodies is associated with chronicity of C. trachomatis genital tract infection and does not parallel that of anti-Chsp60 IgG antibodies.
PMCID: PMC96876  PMID: 10496901

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