Two minor groove binder (MGB) probe assays were developed for rapid identification and quantitation of the canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV-2) variants in the faecal samples of dogs. The MGB probe assays using type-specific probes labeled with different fluorophores (FAM and VIC) were able to detect the single nucleotide polymorphisms existing between types 2a/2b and 2b/2c. Both the MGB probe assays were found to be highly specific, sensitive and reproducible, ensuring a precise quantitation of the CPV-2 DNA, as confirmed by comparing the obtained viral DNA loads to those calculated using a real-time TaqMan-based PCR assay established previously. A total of 414 faecal specimens collected from diarrhoeic dogs and tested positive to CPV-2 were analysed by the MGB probe assays and by conventional methods (haemagglutination inhibition with MAbs, PCR-RFLP and sequence analysis) for prediction of the CPV-2 antigen specificity, with an overall agreement of 100%. These results make the established MGB probe assays an attractive tool for direct and rapid characterisation of type 2a, 2b and 2c CPVs.
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|Titolo:||Characterization of canine parvovirus type 2 variants using minor groove binder probe technology|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|