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J Clin Lab Anal. 2000;14(4):133-5.

Detection of mycobacterial DNA in papulonecrotic tuberculid lesions by polymerase chain reaction.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Granada, Spain.


Tuberculids are a heterogeneous group of cutaneous lesions. Recent discoveries of M. Tuberculosis DNA in these lesions by PCR suggest that M. tuberculosis could play a role in their pathogenesis. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the presence of M. tuberculosis DNA by polymerase chain reaction in papulonecrotic tuberculid lesions. Skin biopsy specimens from ten patients with papulonecrotic tuberculid lesions (histopathologic features) were studied. All of them tested solidly positive in a tuberculin intradermal test. A gene-amplification PCR, using primers capable of amplifying DNA in the M. tuberculosis complex, was performed to detect M. tuberculosis DNA in the lesions. A 285-bp sequence specific of M. tuberculosis complex was amplified and confirmed by Southern-blot hybridation with a 32 p 5'-labelled internal probe. No inhibitors were detected in the negative PCR samples. The PCR technique makes the detection of mycobacterial DNA in tuberculids a possibility, and therefore provides a rational basis for antituberculous therapy and for the clinical management of these disorders.

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