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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in spiked clinical samples by nucleic acid sequence-based amplification.

Isothermal nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA) was applied to the detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae. M. pneumoniae RNA prepared from a plasmid construct was used to assess the sensitivity of the assay, and an internal control for the detection of inhibitors was constructed. The sensitivity of the NASBA assay was 10 molecules of wild-type M. pneumoniae RNA generated in vitro and 5 color-changing units (CCU) of M. pneumoniae. An appropriate specimen preparation procedure was developed: after protease treatment of the respiratory specimens, guanidine thiocyanate lysis solution (4.7 M guanidine thiocyanate [Sigma-Aldrich NV], 46 mM Tris-HCl [Merck, Darmstadt, Germany], 20 mM EDTA [Sigma-Aldrich NV], 1.2% [wt/vol] Triton X-100 [Sigma-Aldrich NV], pH 6.2.) was added. With spiked throats, nasopharyngeal aspirates, bronchoalveolar lavage specimens, and sputum specimens, the sensitivity of the NASBA assay in the presence of the internal control was 2 x 10(4) molecules of in vitro-generated RNA or 5 CCU of M. pneumoniae. The sensitivity of the NASBA assay was comparable to that of a PCR targeted to the P1 adhesin gene. Fifteen clinical specimens positive for M. pneumoniae by PCR were also positive by NASBA. These results indicate that the sensitivity of detection of M. pneumoniae in spiked respiratory samples by NASBA is high. Together with the use of the internal control, the assay merits evaluation as a diagnostic tool.[1]


  1. Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in spiked clinical samples by nucleic acid sequence-based amplification. Loens, K., Ursi, D., Ieven, M., van Aarle, P., Sillekens, P., Oudshoorn, P., Goossens, H. J. Clin. Microbiol. (2002) [Pubmed]
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