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Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2014 Apr;5(3):349-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2013.12.001. Epub 2014 Jan 18.

Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Babesia microti, with two different multiplex PCR assays.

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1
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, CO, USA. Electronic address: Fth3@cdc.gov.
2
New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Albany, NY, USA.
3
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, CO, USA.

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  • Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2014 Oct;5(6):983.

Abstract

We have developed 2 real-time multiplex PCR assays for detection of Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Babesia microti. The efficiency and sensitivity of each multiplex PCR assay was evaluated using field-collected Ixodes scapularis ticks that were positive for each of the pathogens, cloned plasmids harboring each of the PCR targets, and laboratory I. scapularis infected with B. burgdorferi B31. There was no difference in efficiency or sensitivity when comparing the multiplex PCR with the individual PCR reactions. If the 2 multiplex PCR assays are used in the same analysis, field-collected ticks that only harbor B. miyamotoi can also be identified. The multiplex assays are fast and cost-effective methods for screening and detecting pathogens in ticks, when compared to single-target PCR.

KEYWORDS:

Multiplex PCR; Pathogens; Ticks

PMID:
24507434
DOI:
10.1016/j.ttbdis.2013.12.001
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