Rapid and sensitive detection of major uropathogens in a single-pot multiplex PCR assay

B. Padmavathy, R. Vinoth Kumar, Amee Patel, S. Deepika Swarnam, T. Vaidehi, B. M. Jaffar Ali*

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Urinary tract infection (UTI) is among the most common bacterial infections and poses a significant healthcare burden. Escherichia coli is the most common cause of UTI accounting for up to 70 % and a variable contribution from Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae. To establish a complete diagnostic system, we have developed a single-tube multiplex PCR assay (mPCR) for the detection of the above-mentioned four major uropathogens. The sensitivity of the assay was found to be as low as 10 2 cfu/ml of cells. The mPCR evaluated on 280 clinical isolates detected 100 % of E. coli, P. aeruginosa, P. mirabilis and 95 % of K. pneumonia. The assay was performed on 50 urine samples and found to be specific and sensitive for clinical diagnosis. In addition, the mPCR was also validated on spiked urine samples using 40 clinical isolates to demonstrate its application under different strain used in this assay. In total, mPCR reported here is a rapid and simple screening tool that can compete with conventional biochemical-based screening assays that may require 2-3 days for detection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-53
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Microbiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


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