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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2002 Dec;21(12):875-9. Epub 2002 Dec 11.

Evaluation of the BactiCard Neisseria for identification of pathogenic Neisseria species and Moraxella catarrhalis.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, 840 S Wood Street, Chicago, IL 60612-7312, USA.


The BactiCard Neisseria (Remel, USA) is a chromogenic enzyme substrate system for identifying Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Neisseria meningitidis, Neisseria lactamica, and Moraxella catarrhalis. The identification system consists of a card with four test circles impregnated with chromogenic substrates for indoxyl butyrate esterase (IB), prolyl aminopeptidase (PRO), gamma-glutamyl aminopeptidase (GLUT), and ss-galactosidase (BGAL). These substrates permit the identification of Moraxella catarrhalis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Neisseria lactamica, respectively. After hydration of the circles with buffer, colonies from growth on selective media or a subculture are applied to the four circles. IB and BGAL reactions are read for a blue-green color after 2 and 15 min, respectively. PRO and GLUT reactions are read at 15 min for a red color after addition of a developer reagent. Identifications obtained with the BactiCard Neisseria were compared with those obtained using conventional procedures for 558 isolates in a blinded fashion. The BactiCard Neisseria identified 100% of 254 Neisseria gonorrhoeae, 100% of 125 Neisseria meningitidis, 53 (98.2%) of 54 Neisseria lactamica, and 123 (98.4%) of 125 Moraxella catarrhalis isolates. The BactiCard Neisseria is an accurate and rapid system for identification of these microorganisms in the clinical laboratory.

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