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Clancy, A and Crowley, B and Niesters, H and Herra, C (2008) The development of a qualitative real-time RT-PCR assay for the detection of hepatitis C virus. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases , 27 , (12) , pp. 1177-1182.

Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) represents a favourable option for the detection of hepatitis C virus (HCV). A real-time reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) assay was developed as a qualitative diagnostic screening method for the detection of HCV using the ABI PRISM® 7500 Sequence Detection System. The primers and probe were designed to target the 5′-untranslated region of the hepatitis C viral genome. A second heterologous probe assay was developed for the detection of the haemagglutinin gene of phocine distemper virus (PDV) and was used as an internal control. A semi-automated HCV extraction method was also implemented using the ABI PRISM™ 6100 Nucleic Acid PrepStation. The HCV assay was optimised as a qualitative singleplex RT-PCR assay with parallel testing of the target and internal control.

The assay results (n = 200) were compared to the COBAS AMPLICOR™ HCV Test v2.0 assay. The assay demonstrated a high rate of sensitivity (99%), specificity (100%) and an acceptable limit of detection (LOD) of 100 IU/ml. The development of a qualitative multiplex assay for the simultaneous detection of HCV and internal control indicates the same high rates of sensitivity and specificity. This sensitive real-time assay may prove to be a valuable method for the detection of HCV.


Item Type:Article
Date:2008
Page Range:pp. 1177-1182
Publisher:Springer
Volume:27
Number:12
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Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis C
HA Screening, identification, and diagnostic method > Medical screening and diagnostic method

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