Detection of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Using Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification

  • Author / Creator
    Allen,Richelle J
  • Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) is a worldwide health concern. To detect STEC, a loop mediated isothermal amplification reaction (LAMP) was optimized to detect shiga toxin genes. LAMP’s performance was compared to conventional and real-time (RT) PCR using two product detection methods. All three DNA amplification methods produced similar results. LAMP performed well when tested with randomly selected stool samples. LAMP, with agarose gel detection, showed a sensitivity of 90%/100%, specificity of 95%/99%, a positive predictive value of 56%/89% and a negative predictive value of 99%/100% for stx1 and stx2 respectively. Sybr Green 1 detection had a sensitivity of 100%/100%, specificity of 93%/77%, positive predictive values of 76/39% and negative predictive values of 100/100% for stx1 and stx2 respectively. Per 10 tests LAMP costs approximately $45, when using a rapid lysis DNA extraction and agarose gel electrophoresis product detection. LAMP could be implemented in laboratories without dedicated molecular biology facilities.

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    Fall 2013
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    Master of Science
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