Published 2007

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Publication details

Journal : Analytical Biochemistry , vol. 360 , p. 244–254–13 , 2007

Publisher : Elsevier

International Standard Numbers :
Printed : 0003-2697
Electronic : 1096-0309

Publication type : Academic article

Contributors : Kostic, Tanja; Weilharter, Alexandra; Rubino, Salvatore; Delogu, Giuseppe; Uzzau, Sergio; Rudi, Knut; Sessitsch, Anglea; Bodrossy, Levente

Issue : 2

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A major challenge in microbial diagnostics is the parallel detection and identification of low-bundance pathogens within a complex microbial community. In addition, a high specificity providing robust, reliable identification at least at the species level is required. A microbial diagnostic microarray approach, using single nucleotide extension labeling with gyrB as the marker gene, was developed. We present a novel concept applying competitive oligonucleotide probes to improve the specificity of the assay. Our approach enabled the sensitive and specific detection of a broad range of pathogenic bacteria. The approach was tested with a set of 35 oligonucleotide probes targeting Escherichia coli, Shigella spp., Salmonella spp., Aeromonas hydrophila, Vibrio cholerae, Mycobacterium avium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Helicobacter pylori, Proteus mirabilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Campylobacter jejuni. The introduction of competitive oligonucleotides in the labeling reaction successfully suppressed cross-reaction by closely related sequences, significantly improving the performance of the assay. Environmental applicability was tested with environmental and veterinary samples harboring complex microbial communities. Detection sensitivity in the range of 0.1% has been demonstrated, far below the 5% detection limit of traditional microbial diagnostic microarrays.