BurkDiff: A real-time PCR allelic discrimination assay for burkholderia Pseudomallei and B. mallei

Jolene R. Bowers, David M. Engelthaler, Jennifer L. Ginther, Talima Pearson, Sharon J. Peacock, Apichai Tuanyok, David M. Wagner, Bart J. Currie, Paul S. Keim

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A real-time PCR assay, BurkDiff, was designed to target a unique conserved region in the B. pseudomallei and B. mallei genomes containing a SNP that differentiates the two species. Sensitivity and specificity were assessed by screening BurkDiff across 469 isolates of B. pseudomallei, 49 isolates of B. mallei, and 390 isolates of clinically relevant non-target species. Concordance of results with traditional speciation methods and no cross-reactivity to non-target species show BurkDiff is a robust, highly validated assay for the detection and differentiation of B. pseudomallei and B. mallei.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere15413
JournalPLoS One
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2010


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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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