Detection of Yersinia pestis using branched DNA

  • Iqbal S
  • Chambers J
  • Brubaker R
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In contrast to target amplification methods, e.g. polymerase chain reaction, the branched DNA (bDNA) signal amplification method quantitates target nucleic acid at physiological levels, involving a series of hybridization reactions without thermal cycling. In this report, we describe a modification of the bDNA assay in which a 'concatenated' preamplifier oligonucleotide (206mer) is used in concert with ELISA and light addressable potentiometric sensor (LAPS) formats to detect the plasminogen activator (pla) gene of Yersinia pestis, the etiological agent of plague. Pla is encoded by a 9.6-kb plasmid pPCP, which is essential for virulence. The detection limit of the bDNA-ELISA and LAPS assays is less than 10,000 and 1000 molecules of Y. pestis plasmid DNA, respectively.

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  • Detection
  • Probes
  • Yersinia pestis
  • bDNA
  • pla

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  • S. S. Iqbal

  • J. P. Chambers

  • R. R. Brubaker

  • M. T. Goode

  • J. J. Valdes

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