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Evaluation of an adenosine 5'-triphosphate assay as a screening method to detect significant bacteriuria.

The bioluminescent reaction of adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) with luciferin and luciferase has been used in conjunction with a sensitive photometer (Lab-Line's ATP photometer) to detect significant bacteriuria in urine. This rapid method of screening urine specimens for bacteriuria was evaluated by using 348 urine specimens submitted to the clinical microbiology laboratory at the University of Minnesota Hospitals for routine culture using the calibrated loop-streak plate method. There was 89.4% agreement between the culture method and the ATP assay, with 7.0% false positive and 27.0% false negative results from the ATP assay using 10(5) organisms/ml of urine or greater as positive for significant bacteriuria and less than 10(5) organisms/ml as negative for significant bacteriuria.[1]

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  1. Evaluation of an adenosine 5'-triphosphate assay as a screening method to detect significant bacteriuria. Alexander, D.N., Ederer, G.M., Matsen, J.M. J. Clin. Microbiol. (1976) [Pubmed]
 
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