Development of a Real-Time PCR Assay to Detect Legionella Species and Chlamydia pneumoniae from Clinical Specimens of Patients with Community-acquired Pneumonia in VGHKS

by Kuo, Chia-chou

Abstract (Summary)
Abstract Legionella species and Chlamydia pneumoniae are a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia and occasional cause of hospital-acquired pneumonia. Significant mortality rates among the elderly and patients with severe underlying disease may occur as a result of infection with those pathogen. Diagnostic delay may also result in increased mortality. Therefore, nucleic acid amplification assays have been shown to be useful for the detection of Legionella.spp and Chlamydia pneumoniae. The genes that encode 16S ribosomal subunits and the macrophage infectivity potentiator (MIP) gene have been shown to contain signature sequences that are useful for the identification of L. pneumophila and a variety of other Legionella species. The pst-1 fragment is useful for identification of Chlamydia pneumoniae. Here we try to test clinical specimens by Real-time PCR assays to detect L.pneumophila and other Legionella species in the same tube, and detect Chlamydia pneumoniae by SYBR Green 1 reagent. By this method, these amplicons of 16S ribosomal subunits gene and MIP gene can be discriminated by different melting curve dependent on different Tm values. In this study, we detected more 5 and 6 patients in Legionella species and Chlamydia pneumoniae than conventional diagnostic tools. Hence, the Real-time PCR also demonstrated that it¡¦s a rapid and high sensitivity method in diagnosis of legionnaires¡¦ disease. In this study, it also demonstrated that Real-time PCR is effective in prediction of atypical pathogen infection.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Ching-Jiunn Tseng; Yao-Shen Chen; Yu-sen Eason Lin

School:National Sun Yat-Sen University

School Location:China - Taiwan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:legionella real time pcr chlamydia


Date of Publication:08/02/2005

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