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Sex Transm Dis. 2005 Mar;32(3):199-202.

Evaluation of opa-based real-time PCR for detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

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Department of Molecular Microbiology, The Royal Women's Hospital, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia. Tabrizi@wch.org.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae by commercial and in-house-based assays has been hampered by false-positive and false-negative results. The current study describes a sensitive and specific real-time 5'-nuclease PCR assay targeting a 90-bp region of the multicopy opa gene.

GOAL:

To evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of this assay in detection of gonococcus.

STUDY:

Sensitivity and specificity were determined by testing a panel of 173 microorganisms. In addition, 135 clinical samples previously evaluated by 4 nucleic acid amplification methods were also tested.

RESULTS:

A sensitivity of 1 copy per reaction was achieved. Positive results were only obtained for N gonorrhoeae strains including 20 cppB-negative strains. Overall, 134 of 135 clinical sample results agreed with the consensus nucleic amplification methods.

CONCLUSION:

This study demonstrates opa-based target can be used as an accurate and rapid PCR assay for the detection of N gonorrhoeae in clinical specimens.

PMID:
15729160
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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