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Title: Reverse transcription recombinase polymerase amplification assay for the detection of middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus
Author(s): El Wahed, Ahmed Abd
Patel, Pranav
Heidenreich, Doris
Hufert, Frank T
Weidmann, Manfred
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Issue Date: 12-Dec-2013
Date Deposited: 3-Apr-2014
Citation: El Wahed AA, Patel P, Heidenreich D, Hufert FT & Weidmann M (2013) Reverse transcription recombinase polymerase amplification assay for the detection of middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. PLoS Currents, 5 (Edition 1).
Abstract: The emergence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the eastern Mediterranean and imported cases to Europe has alerted public health authorities. Currently, detection of MERS-CoV in patient samples is done by real-time RT-PCR. Samples collected from suspected cases are sent to highly-equipped centralized laboratories for screening. A rapid point-of-care test is needed to allow more widespread mobile detection of the virus directly from patient material. In this study, we describe the development of a reverse transcription isothermal Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RT-RPA) assay for the identification of MERS-CoV. A partial nucleocapsid gene RNA molecular standard of MERS-coronavirus was used to determine the assay sensitivity. The isothermal (42°C) MERS-CoV RT-RPA was as sensitive as real-time RT-PCR (10 RNA molecules), rapid (3-7 minutes) and mobile (using tubescanner weighing 1kg). The MERS-CoV RT-RPA showed cross-detection neither of any of the RNAs of several coronaviruses and respiratory viruses affecting humans nor of the human genome. The developed isothermal real-time RT-RPA is ideal for rapid mobile molecular MERS-CoV monitoring in acute patients and may also facilitate the search for the animal reservoir of MERS-CoV.
DOI Link: 10.1371/currents.outbreaks.62df1c7c75ffc96cd59034531e2e8364
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