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J Clin Virol. 2005 Oct;34(2):155-7.

Evaluation of the MagNA Pure LC used with the TRUGENE HBV Genotyping Kit.

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Division of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.



The current manual sample processing method recommended for use with the TRUGENE HBV Genotyping Kit (TRUGENE HBV; Bayer HealthCare LLC, Tarrytown, NY) is labor-intensive and may be prone to specimen cross-contamination. Recent evaluations of the MagNA Pure LC (MP; Roche Applied Science, Indianapolis, IN) suggest that it is suitable for automated, contamination-free extraction and purification of viral nucleic acids from large-volume (1.0 mL) serum or plasma specimens.


We evaluated the MP Total Nucleic Acid Isolation Kit--Large Volume (Roche Applied Science) in conjunction with TRUGENE HBV to establish the analytical sensitivity (threshold titer) of the assay, in HBV DNA International Units (IU)/mL, for obtaining consistent, interpretable sequence data from TRUGENE HBV.


HBV analytical standards, prepared as 10 replicates (1.0 mL each) at each of the following concentrations: 200, 1000, 5000, and 10,000 IU/mL, were processed by MP and analyzed by TRUGENE HBV according to manufacturer's instructions. Performance of TRUGENE HBV used in conjunction with MP sample processing was evaluated further using 22 clinical serum specimens containing low titers of HBV DNA.


All replicates of HBV analytical standards at 1000, 5000, and 10,000 IU/mL yielded interpretable TRUGENE HBV sequences, whereas interpretable sequences were obtained in 90% (9 of 10) of the replicates at 200 IU/mL. TRUGENE HBV sequences were interpretable in 86% (19 of 22) of the clinical specimens studied.


MP sample processing is efficient and suitable for use with TRUGENE HBV. When combined with MP sample processing, TRUGENE HBV yielded interpretable sequences from HBV analytical standards and clinical serum specimens with HBV DNA titers of > or =200 IU/mL.

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