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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2009 Mar;63(3):286-91. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2008.11.013.

Evaluation of three analyte-specific reagents for detection and typing of herpes simplex virus in cerebrospinal fluid.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA.


The performance of three analyte-specific reagents (ASRs); Cepheid herpes simplex virus (HSV) Typing Primer Probe set (CD), Eragen MultiCode-Rtx HSV-1/2 kit primer mix (ER), and Roche LightCycler HSV-1/2 Primer/Hybridization Probes (RD), was evaluated for detection and typing of herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens. Of 68 CSF specimens, HSV-1 was detected in 8 specimens and HSV-2 was detected in 17 specimens. ER detected all 25 HSV-positive specimens, whereas CD and RD detected 24 and 23 HSV-positive specimens, respectively. The results of HSV typing with the 3 ASRs were in complete agreement. The analytical sensitivity of all ASRs was determined to be about 10(1) copies/reaction. Our results demonstrate that the performances of all 3 ASRs are comparable and reliable for routine clinical testing in detection and typing of HSV DNA in CSF.

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