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Fascioliasis is a global parasitic disease that affects domestic animals and causes considerable economic losses in the process of domestic animal breeding in endemic regions. The cause of the disease involves a liver trematode of the genus Fasciola, which secretes materials into a host's body (mainly proteins) in order to protect it from the host's immune system. These materials can be involved in the migration, growth, and nutrition of the parasite. Among the expressive proteins of Fasciola, proteases have been introduced as the appropriate targets for diagnosis, treatment, and vaccination against parasites. Cathepsin L (CL) is a member of cysteine proteases; it is widely expressed in the Fasciola species. The aim of this study was to evaluate two synthetic peptides from F. gigantica CL1 for improving serological diagnosis of the Fasciola infection. Therefore, the potential diagnostic value of the surface epitopes of CL1 was assessed using ELISA. In the current study, bioinformatics tools were applied to select two appropriate epitopes of Fasciola Cathepsin L1 as synthetic antigens. Their diagnostic values were evaluated by two methods of indirect ELISA and dot blot analysis. The findings revealed that the first peptide at a dilution ratio of 1:400 and the second peptide at a dilution ratio of 1:100 had the best results and the best concentration of antigens was introduced at 4 μg/ml. Moreover, 191 sera samples were analyzed by both peptides by using the ELISA method, including fascioliasis sera, other parasitic sera and negative sera. The sensitivity of the peptides 1-ELISA and peptide 2-ELISA for the diagnosis of the various cases was 100%. The specificity of the first peptide was 87.3% and its efficacy was determined to be 93.65%. The specificity and the efficacy of the second peptide were 79% and 89.5%, respectively. The positive predictive values of the first and second peptides were obtained to be 86.27% and 79.27% respectively, and the negative predictive values of both peptides was calculated as 100%. In conclusion, the results of this study indicated that the peptide 1 from CL1 may be used as an appropriate antigen for the diagnosis of fascioliasis if the findings are backed up by using other serodiagnostic methods for checking serological cross-reactivity linked to other parasites.