ABSTRACT: A multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method was developed for the simultaneous detection of Enterocytozoon bieneusi (n = 30) and Encephalitozoon spp. (n = 3) in stool samples. The multiplex PCR also included an internal control to detect inhibition of the amplification by fecal constituents in the sample. The assay was performed on species-specific DNA controls (n = 22) and a range of well-defined stool samples (n = 140), and it achieved 100% specificity and sensitivity. The use of this assay in a diagnostic laboratory offers the possibility of introducing DNA detection as a feasible technique in the routine diagnosis of intestinal microsporidian infections.
Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 03/2007; 57(2):163-7. · 2.53 Impact Factor