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Mol Cell Probes. 1989 Dec;3(4):383-9.

A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) protocol for the specific detection of Chlamydia spp.

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Laboratory Centre for Disease Control, Health Protection Branch, Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


The polymerase chain reaction is an in vitro procedure for primer-directed enzymatic amplification of specific template nucleic acid sequences. This technique was used to detect and differentiate Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia psittaci in laboratory samples of infected McCoy cells. The polymerase chain reaction was shown to be both sensitive, detecting in the order of one chlamydial DNA molecule in 10(5) cells, and specific. No cross reaction (amplified product) was detected when a variety of mammalian cell and bacterial DNAs were used as template with the Chlamydia-specific oligonucleotide primers.

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