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J Microbiol Methods. 2007 May;69(2):315-21. Epub 2007 Feb 20.

Quantification of mRNA in Salmonella sp. seeded soil and chicken manure using magnetic capture hybridization RT-PCR.

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Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, DK-1350, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Direct quantification of mRNA from Salmonella sp. seeded for 1 h to soil and chicken manure was accomplished using magnetic capture hybridization as a purification technique. This detection strategy targeted the invA gene present in Salmonella sp. After cell lysis, phenol/chloroform purification and isopropanol precipitation, the RNA extract was combined with the hybridization probe conjugated to paramagnetic beads. After hybridization, the captured nucleic acids were released by denaturation and purified of contaminating DNA using DNase. The resulting RNA was of high purity and there was no need for dilution of the samples prior to RT-PCR. The developed procedure was reproducibly used to quantify Salmonella sp. in high organic agricultural soil. The detection limit for mRNA using ordinary quantitative PCR (employing SYBRgreen-based detection) was 5 x 10(4)Salmonella sp. cells per gram of soil. Chicken manure amended into soil (1:4 w/w) did not reduce the ability to quantify Salmonella sp. mRNA in soil. Pasteurization (65 degrees C, 30 min) of chicken manure containing Salmonella sp. dramatically reduced the detection of invA mRNA (requiring 42 qPCR cycles for detection versus 26 cycles in unpasteurized manure), presumably due to degradation of the invA mRNA in Salmonella sp. cells killed by pasteurization. By contrast, DNA-based qPCR still detected Salmonella sp. in the pasteurized manure. Thus, in this case using samples seeded with fresh Salmonella sp. the mRNA-based detection appears to be superior to minimizing false-positive detection which was prevalent with DNA-based qPCR.

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