A polymerase chain reaction for the specific detection of mycobacteria belonging to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex was developed. Using a single primer pair derived from the nucleotide sequence of protein antigen b of M. tuberculosis, we achieved specific amplification of a 419-base-pair DNA fragment in M. tuberculosis and M. bovis. After DNA was extracted from mycobacteria by using a simple, safe lysis procedure, we detected the 419-base-pair sequence in samples containing few mycobacteria. Preliminary data suggested that this technique could be applied to clinical specimens for early and specific diagnosis of tuberculosis.
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Microbiology|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|
Subject classification (UKÄ)
- Microbiology in the medical area