Polymerase chain reaction for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Ulf Sjöbring, Michael Mecklenburg, Åse Bengård Andersen, Håkan Miörner

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2200-2204
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1990

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Microbiology in the medical area


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