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Use of DNA amplification for the rapid identification of Mycobacterium bovis

Cousins, D.V., Wilton, S.D. and Francis, B.R. (1991) Use of DNA amplification for the rapid identification of Mycobacterium bovis. Veterinary Microbiology, 27 (2). pp. 187-195.

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DNA amplification using the polymerase chain reaction technique was evaluated for rapid identification of Mycobacterium bovis. Two oligonucleotide primers of 20 bases in length were constructed to target a region of the gene encoding the M. bovis secretory protein, MPB70. The amplification reaction produced a single product 372 bp in size which was readily detected by agarose gel electrophoresis. All 84 strains of M. bovis tested produced a positive signal in the amplification reaction. In addition all isolates fro the M. tuberculosis complex tested, with the exception of M. microti, gave a single band at 372 bp. No amplified product was detected when 24 other species of mycobacteria and species from four other genera were tested. The sensitivity of the test was such that a single viable cell could be detected in the reaction. This technique provides a simple and extremely sensitive method of identifying isolates of M. bovis and other pathogenic M. tuberculosis complex organisms.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: 1991 Elsevier BV
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