Author(s): Winchell JM, Wolff BJ, Tiller R, Bowen MD, Hoffmaster AR
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Abstract Definitive identification of Brucella species remains a challenge due to the high degree of genetic homology shared within the genus. We report the development of a molecular technique which utilizes real-time PCR followed by high-resolution melt (HRM) curve analysis to reliably type members of this genus. Using a panel of seven primer sets, we tested 153 Brucella spp. isolates with >99\% accuracy compared to traditional techniques. This assay provides a useful diagnostic tool that can rapidly type Brucella isolates and has the potential to detect novel species. This approach may also prove helpful for clinical, epidemiological and veterinary investigations.
This article was published in J Clin Microbiol
and referenced in Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health