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Title: Single tube multiplex real-time PCR for the rapid detection of herpesvirus infections of the central nervous system
Authors: Nipaporn Sankuntaw
Saovaluk Sukprasert
Chulapan Engchanil
Wanlop Kaewkes
Wasun Chantratita
Vantanit Pairoj
Viraphong Lulitanond
Khon Kaen University
Mahidol University
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2011
Citation: Molecular and Cellular Probes. Vol.25, No.2-3 (2011), 114-120
Abstract: Human herpesvirus infection of immunocompromised hosts may lead to central nervous system (CNS) infection and diseases. In this study, a single tube multiplex real-time PCR was developed for the detection of five herpesviruses (HSV-1, HSV-2, VZV, EBV and CMV) in clinical cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens. Two primer pairs specific for the herpesvirus polymerase gene and five hybridization probe pairs for the specific identification of the herpesvirus types were used in a LightCycler multiplex real-time PCR. A singleplex real-time PCR was first optimized and then applied to the multiplex real-time PCR. The singleplex and multiplex real-time PCRs showed no cross-reactivity. The sensitivity of the singleplex real-time PCR was 1 copy per reaction for each herpesvirus, while that of the multiplex real-time PCR was 1 copy per reaction for HSV-1 and VZV and 10 copies per reaction for HSV-2, EBV and CMV. Intra and inter-assay variations of the single tube multiplex assay were in the range of 0.02%-3.67% and 0.79%-4.35%, respectively. The assay was evaluated by testing 62 clinical CSF samples and was found to have equivalent sensitivity, specificity and agreement as the routine real-time PCR, but reducing time, cost and amount of used sample. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 08908508
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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