Author(s): Sinn I, Albertson T, Kinnunen P, Breslauer DN, McNaughton BH,
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Abstract The long turnaround time in antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) endangers patients and encourages the administration of wide spectrum antibiotics, thus resulting in alarming increases of multidrug resistant pathogens. A method for faster detection of bacterial proliferation presents one avenue toward addressing this global concern. We report on a label-free asynchronous magnetic bead rotation (AMBR) based viscometry method that rapidly detects bacterial growth and determines drug sensitivity by measuring changes in the suspension's viscosity. With this platform, we observed the growth of a uropathogenic Escherichia coli isolate, with an initial concentration of 50 cells per drop, within 20 min; in addition, we determined the gentamicin minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the E. coli isolate within 100 min. We thus demonstrated a label-free, microviscometer platform that can measure bacterial growth and drug susceptibility more rapidly, with lower initial bacterial counts than existing commercial systems, and potentially with any microbial strains.
This article was published in Anal Chem
and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology