Direct and Rapid Identification and Genogrouping of Meningococci and porA Amplification by LightCycler PCR
2002 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, ISSN 0095-1137, E-ISSN 1098-660X, Vol. 40, no 12, 4531-4535 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Invasive meningococcal infections are usually diagnosed by culture. This approach is far from optimal due to, e.g., treatment with precollection antibiotics. Molecular-genetics methods are therefore recognized as important tools for optimal laboratory confirmation of meningococcal infections as well as characterization of meningococci (Mc). The aims of the present study were to develop real-time PCRs for identification and genogrouping (A, B, C, Y, and W-135) of Mc and porA amplification that further can be used for subsequent genosubtyping. In a first run Mc were identified. In a second run they were genogrouped and porA genes were amplified. All the Mc isolates (n = 71) but one and cerebrospinal fluid samples (n = 11) tested gave the expected positive results. The specificity, inter- and intra-assay variations, and effects of different amounts of DNA on the melting temperatures were also explored. The LightCycler PCR system was found to effectively detect and characterize Mc in a few hours. This testing, including the DNA sequencing of the porA gene to reveal the genosubtype, does not take more than a working day, and the results can be compared to those from culturing with phenotypic analysis, which takes at least a few days.
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2002. Vol. 40, no 12, 4531-4535 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26553DOI: 10.1128/JCM.40.12.4531-4535.2002Local ID: 11115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26553DiVA: diva2:247102
On the day of the defence day the status of this article was a manuscript.2009-10-082009-10-082012-08-20Bibliographically approved