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Chin Med J (Engl). 2003 Jul;116(7):988-90.

Establishment of a fluorescent polymerase chain reaction method for the detection of the SARS-associated coronavirus and its clinical application.

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Guangzhou Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Guangzhou 510080, China. tom.wu@tom.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To establish a fluorescent polymerase chain reaction (F-PCR) method for detecting the coronavirus related to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and to evaluate its value for clinical application.

METHODS:

The primers and the fluorescence-labeled probe were designed and synthesized according to the published sequence of the SARS-associated coronavirus genes. A F-PCR diagnosis kit for detecting the coronavirus was developed, and 115 clinical nasopharyngeal gargling liquid samples were tested.

RESULTS:

The sequence of PCR amplified products completely matched the related sequence of the SARS-associated coronavirus genome. Forty-nine out of 67 samples from identified SARS patients and 8 of 18 samples from persons having close contact with SARS patients showed positive results. All 30 samples from healthy controls were negative.

CONCLUSION:

The F-PCR method established may be a rapid, accurate and efficient way for screening and for the early diagnosis of SARS patients.

PMID:
12890368
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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