Rapid detection of Vibrio species using liquid microsphere arrays and real-time PCR targeting the ftsZ locus

Dobryan M. Tracz, Paul G. Backhouse, Adam B. Olson, Joanne K. McCrea, Julie A. Walsh, Lai King Ng, Matthew W. Gilmour

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The development of rapid and sensitive molecular techniques for the detection of Vibrio species would be useful for the surveillance of sporadic infections and management of major outbreaks. Comparative sequence analysis of the ftsZ gene in the predominant Vibrio species that cause human disease revealed distinct alleles for each examined species, including Vibrio cholerae, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus. Light Upon extension (LUX) real-time PCR assays were developed to target these species-specific polymorphisms, and were successful in rapidly differentiating the major pathogenic Vibrio species. Luminex liquid microsphere array technology was used to develop a comprehensive assay capable of simultaneously detecting V. cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus. These assays permitted the identification of a presumptive V. parahaemolyticus isolate as Vibrio alginolyticus, which was verified using additional molecular characterization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-65
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medical Microbiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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