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J Microbiol Methods. 2001 May;45(1):31-9.

Rapid detection, identification, and enumeration of Escherichia coli by fluorescence in situ hybridization using an array scanner.

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Boston Probes Inc., 75E Wiggins Avenue, Bedford, MA 01730, USA. HStender@BostonProbes.com

Abstract

A new fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) method using peptide nucleic acid (PNA) probes and an array scanner for rapid detection, identification, and enumeration of Escherichia coli is described. The test utilizes Cy3-labeled peptide nucleic acid (PNA) probes complementary to a specific 16S rRNA sequence of E. coli. Samples were filtered and incubated for 5 h, the membrane filters were then analyzed by fluorescence in situ hybridization and results were visualized with an array scanner. Results were provided as fluorescent spots representing E. coli microcolonies on the membrane filter surface. The number of fluorescent spots correlated to standard colony counts up to 100 colony-forming units per membrane filter. Above this level, better accuracy was obtained with PNA FISH due to the ability of the scanner to resolve neighboring microcolonies, which were not distinguishable as individual colonies once they were visible by eye.

PMID:
11295195
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