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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2001 Jun;67(6):2484-8.

Best viral elution method available for quantification of enteroviruses in sludge by both cell culture and reverse transcription-PCR.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Virologie, CHU Hotel Dieu, Nantes, France.


The aim of this study was to select one or several virus extraction techniques that enable simultaneous detection of enterovirus genomes and infectious particles in different types of urban sludge. Eight techniques were compared by using 16 different liquid and solid sludge samples. The numbers of infectious enteroviruses in cell cultures were determined by using the most-probable-number method. The enterovirus genome was quantified by a single-tube reverse transcription-PCR using TaqMan technology. The results were statistically analyzed by Friedman's test, a nonparametric test for analysis of randomized block data using only ranks in terms of extraction technique efficiency. Two techniques seemed to yield higher viral titers as determined by simultaneous detection by cell culture and PCR. The first involved a 10% beef extract solution at pH 9 and sonication; the second involved a 0.3 M NaCl-7% beef extract solution at pH 7.5 followed by Freon treatment. In solid sludge, no significant differences were observed among the eight techniques tested. Both of the best techniques can be used for simultaneous detection of infectious enterovirus particles and genomes in any type of urban sludge.

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