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Research Article

Species Identification of Bacteria and Fungi from Solid and Liquid Culture Media by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry

Marco Reich1,2*, Philipp P Bosshard3, Maik Stark1, Kurt Beyser4 and Stefan Borgmann4,5

1Synlab Medical Care Service, Medical Care Centre Leinfelden, Leinfelden, Germany

2Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany

3University Hospital Zurich, Department of Dermatology, Zurich, Swizerland

4Synlab Medical Care Service, Medical Care Centre Weiden, Weiden, Germany

5Klinikum Ingolstadt, Department of Clinical Infectiology and Infection Control, Ingolstadt, Germany

*Corresponding Author:
Marco Reich
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Faculty of Sustainability
Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry (ISEC)
Scharnhorststr. 1, C13.207 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
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Received date: November 11, 2012; Accepted date: January 17, 2013; Published date: January 22, 2013

Citation: Reich M, Bosshard PP, Stark M, Beyser K, Borgmann S (2013) Species Identification of Bacteria and Fungi from Solid and Liquid Culture Media by MALDITOF Mass Spectrometry. J Bacteriol Parasitol S5:002. doi: 10.4172/2155-9597.S5-002

Copyright: © 2013 Reich 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.


Within the past years MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry has become a powerful tool for the species identification of cultured bacteria and fungi. In the present study, the implementation of MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry in a commercial high throughput laboratory is described. The impact of different growth conditions on the identification results was evaluated. Although slight differences in MALDI-TOF spectra of E. coli and S. aureus strains cultured on blood agar for various periods (5, 18, 24 and 48 hours) were noticed, reliable species identification was obtained for all periods. The same was true when E. coli and S. aureus strains were cultured for 18 hours on various solid media. Reliable identification was also achieved when fungi were cultured on solid and in liquid media (Sabouraud bouillon). Moreover,
growth of fungi in bouillon resulted in accelerated identification. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry also allowed reliable identification of microorganisms from positive blood culture samples. In total, 2,900 specimens (234 different species) predominantly derived from clinical samples were examined. Microorganisms were cultured on solid media, in blood culture bottles and in liquid Sabouraud bouillon. 98.6% (n=2,860) of the MALDI-TOF identification results matched those of conventional methods (e.g. Gram staining, carbohydrate degradation ability, Phoenix system) and 16S rDNA PCR product sequencing. Mismatches were mainly based on missing reference spectra in the database of the analysis system. The study was performed in 2009. Due to continuous improvement of the database, even higher accuracy would be achieved when performing the study nowadays. In summary, the use of MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry in a clinical high throughput environment leads to reliable results, even when various culture conditions are used, for instance bouillons for culture of fungi. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry is a fast and robust identification system, which is on its way to become a new standard for the identification of microorganisms in high throughput laboratories.


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