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Detection of Chlamydiaceae DNA in veterinary specimens using a family-specific PCR

Condon, K. and Oakey, J. (2007) Detection of Chlamydiaceae DNA in veterinary specimens using a family-specific PCR. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 45 (2). pp. 121-127.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1472-765X.2007.02169.x

Publisher URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/home

Abstract

Aims: The aim of this work was to develop a rapid molecular test for the detection of the Chlamydiaceae family, irrespective of the species or animal host. Methods and Results: The method described herein is a polymerase chain reaction targeting the 16S rRNA gene of the Chlamydiaceae family, and the results demonstrate that the test reacts with five reference Chlamydiaceae but none of the 19 other bacterial species or five uninfected animal tissues tested. The results also indicate the enhanced sensitivity of this test when compared with conventional culture or serology techniques. This is demonstrated through parallel testing of six real clinical veterinary cases and confirmatory DNA sequence analysis. Conclusions, Significance and Impact of the Study: This test can be used by veterinary diagnostic laboratories for rapid detection of Chlamydiaceae in veterinary specimens, with no restriction of chlamydial species or animal host. The test does not differentiate chlamydial species, and if required, speciation must be carried out retrospectively using alternate methods. However, for the purpose of prescribing therapy for chlamydiosis, this test would be an invaluable laboratory tool.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Biosecurity Queensland
Additional Information:© Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Keywords:Chlamydia; Chlamydiaceae; Chlamydophila; PCR; Veterinary.
Subjects:Veterinary medicine
Deposited On:22 Jan 2009 04:16
Last Modified:09 Feb 2009 04:59

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