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A quick and cost effective method for the diagnosis of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection

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dc.contributor.author De- Souza, D.K.
dc.contributor.author Quaye, C.
dc.contributor.author Mosi, L.
dc.contributor.author Addo, P.
dc.contributor.author Boakye, D.A
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-14T12:51:30Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-14T12:51:30Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-18
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/5594
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background Buruli ulcer (BU), a neglected tropical skin disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, has been reported in over 30 countries worldwide and is highly endemic in rural West and Central Africa. The mode of transmission remains unknown and treatment is the only alternative to disease control. Early and effective treatment to prevent the morbid effects of the disease depends on early diagnosis; however, current diagnosis based on clinical presentation and microscopy has to be confirmed by PCR and other tests in reference laboratories. As such confirmed BU diagnosis is either late, inefficient, time consuming or very expensive, and there is the need for an early diagnosis tool at point of care facilities. In this paper we report on a simple, quick and inexpensive diagnostic test that could be used at point of care facilities, in resource-poor settings. Methods The methodology employed is based on the loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technique. Four sets of Primers, targeting the mycolactone encoding plasmid genome sequence of M. ulcerans were designed. The BU-LAMP assay was developed and tested on five M. ulcerans strains from patients in Ghana and two American Type Culture Control (ATCC) reference isolates; Ghana #970321 (D19F9) and Benin #990826 (D27D14). We also tested the assay on other closely related, mycolactone-producing mycobacterial strains; M. marinum 1218, M. marinum DL240490, M. liflandii and M. pseudoshotsii, as well as experimentally infected laboratory animal and clinical samples. Results The results revealed a high specificity of the BU-LAMP assay for selectively detecting M. ulcerans. Compared to the conventional IS-2404 PCR, the new assay is cheaper and simpler and ten times more sensitive. Test results can be obtained within 1 hour. Conclusions This study indicates that the BU-LAMP assay could be suitable for early disease diagnosis and application in low-resource health facilities.
dc.title A quick and cost effective method for the diagnosis of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2014-08-14T12:51:41Z
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.language.rfc3066 en
dc.rights.holder Dziedzom K de Souza et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


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    The Department of Parasitology conducts research into parasitic diseases of public health importance with the overall goal of reducing their transmission and the heavy disease burden that they impose on affected populations. The Department maintains focus on parasitic diseases in general. These include major diseases such as malaria, and others listed under the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) control initiative such as, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis.

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