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Int J Food Microbiol. 2005 Sep 25;104(1):61-7.

Two primer pairs to detect OTA producers by PCR method.

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  • 1Equipe Génie des Systèmes Microbiens, Laboratoire de Génie Chimique UMR5503 (CNRS/INPT/UPS), Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, 1, avenue de l'Agrobiopôle, BP107, 31326 Castanet Tolosan, France.


Fungi contaminating foods and feeds may produce many mycotoxins including ochratoxin A (OTA). Early and rapid detection of potential OTA producing fungi is important to reduce the negative impacts of OTA. In this study, two PCR specific primer pairs, AoLC35-12L/AoLC35-12R and AoOTAL/AoOTAR, were designed from a DNA sequence of a polyketide synthase gene in Aspergillus ochraceus NRRL 3174. On 14 different fungi tested by PCR, AoLC35-12L/AoLC35-12R amplified a unique band from either OTA or citrinin producers while AoOTAL/AoOTAR amplified one PCR product only from A. ochraceus. So these primers could be used to detect both OTA and citrinin producing fungi (AoLC35-12L/AoLC35-12R) or only A. ochraceus (AoOTAL/AoOTAR) from foodstuffs using PCR method.

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