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APMIS. 2007 Dec;115(12):1400-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0463.2007.00722.x.

Multiplex PCR amplification assay for the detection of blaSHV, blaTEM and blaCTX-M genes in Enterobacteriaceae.

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Division of Clinical Microbiology, University Hospital Linköping, Linköping, Sweden.


Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) are often mediated by (bla-)SHV, (bla)TEM and (bla)CTX-M genes in Enterobacteriaceae and other Gram-negative bacteria. Numerous molecular typing methods, including PCR-based assays, have been developed for their identification. To reduce the number of PCR amplifications needed we have developed a multiplex PCR assay which detects and discriminates between (bla-)SHV, (bla)TEM and (bla)CTX-M PCR amplicons of 747, 445 and 593 bp, respectively. This multiplex PCR assay allowed the identification of (bla-)SHV, (bla)TEM and (bla)CTX-M genes in a series of clinical isolates of Enterobacteriaceae with previously characterised ESBL phenotype. The presence of (bla)SHV, (bla)TEM and (bla)CTX-M genes was confirmed by partial DNA sequence analysis. Apparently, the universal well-established CTX-M primer pair used here to reveal plasmid-encoded (bla)CTX-M genes would also amplify the chromosomally located K-1 enzyme gene in all Klebsiella oxytoca strains included in the study.

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