Modular Ultrasonic Lysis System for Rapid Nucleic Acid Extraction and Sample Transfer of Bacillus Spores | OMICS International | Abstract
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Research Article

Modular Ultrasonic Lysis System for Rapid Nucleic Acid Extraction and Sample Transfer of Bacillus Spores

Matthias Geissler1*#, Sandra Isabel2#, Benoît Voisin1, Chantal Fauvel2, Maurice Boissinot2, Michel G. Bergeron2* and Teodor Veres1,3

1National Research Council of Canada, Boucherville (Quebec) J4B 6Y4, Canada

2Centre de recherche en infectiologie de l’Université Laval, Quebec (Quebec) G1V 4G2, Canada

3INRS-EMT, Varennes (Quebec) J3X 1S2, Canada

#These authors contributed equally to this work

*Corresponding Author:
Matthias Geissler
National Research Council of Canada, 75 de Mortagne Boulevard
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Michel G. Bergeron
Centre de recherche en infectiologie de l’Université Laval
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Received Date: August 13, 2012; Accepted Date: November 05, 2012; Published Date: November 10, 2012

Citation: Geissler M, Isabel S, Voisin B, Fauvel C, Boissinot M, et al. (2012) Modular Ultrasonic Lysis System for Rapid Nucleic Acid Extraction and Sample Transfer of Bacillus Spores. J Bioterr Biodef 3:119. doi: 10.4172/2157-2526.1000119

Copyright: © 2012 Geissler M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


This paper describes the design, functioning and use of an ultrasonic modular system intended for rapid extraction and fragmentation of DNA from microbial organisms following sample collection in the field. PCR assessment of the DNA extracts revealed that the system can disrupt Bacillus atrophaeus spores, a simulant for Bacillus anthracis, in less than 1 min, providing a DNA yield equivalent to that of a commercial nucleic acid extraction method. Simulation of the transfer from a contaminated to a secure area confirmed that the sample remained confined within the module while the exterior surface can be decontaminated through immersion in a disinfectant solution.


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