Multiplex real-time PCR assay for rapid identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex members to the species level

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Abstract

The species identification of members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex is critical to the timely initiation of both appropriate antibiotic therapy and proper public health control measures. However, the current commercially available molecular assays identify mycobacteria only to the complex level and are unable to differentiate M. tuberculosis from the closely related M. bovis and M. bovis BCG. We describe here a rapid and robust two-step, multiplex, real-time PCR assay based on genomic deletions to definitively identify M. tuberculosis, M. bovis, M. bovis BCG, and other members of the complex. When tested against a panel of well-characterized mycobacterial reference strains, the assay was both sensitive and specific, correctly identifying all strains. We applied this assay to 60 clinical isolates previously identified as M. tuberculosis complex and found 57 M. tuberculosis isolates and 3 M. bovis BCG isolates from patients who had received intravesical BCG. Furthermore, analysis of 15 clinical specimens previously identified as M. bovis by spoligotyping revealed an isolate of M. tuberculosis that had been misidentified. We propose that this assay will allow the routine identification of M. tuberculosis complex members in the clinical laboratory. Copyright {©} 2008, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

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B.A., P., & N, B. (2008). Multiplex real-time PCR assay for rapid identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex members to the species level. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. American Society for Microbiology (1752 N Street N.W., Washington DC 20036-2904, United States). Retrieved from http://jcm.asm.org/cgi/reprint/46/7/2241 http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS%7B&%7DPAGE=reference%7B&%7DD=emed11%7B&%7DNEWS=N%7B&%7DAN=352488211

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