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Direct identification and typing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by PCR.

By H Neimark, M Ali Baig and S Carleton


We have developed a rapid PCR assay that types strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by generating distinct DNA fingerprints directly from primary cultures. This assay allows strain identification analogous to that achieved by the standard restriction fragment length polymorphism method, and fingerprints are obtained in less than 8 h. This assay does not require subculturing, DNA purification, restriction digestion, Southern blotting, or nucleic acid hybridization. Rapid and precise identification of M. tuberculosis strains permits immediate molecular epidemiologic studies. The assay can be converted to a computer-automated system by employing fluorescently labeled PCR primers and the Perkin-Elmer DNA sequencer so that unknown-specimen fingerprints are identified by computer comparison to a database of M. tuberculosis strain fingerprints

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1996
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:229292
Provided by: PubMed Central
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