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Polymerase chain reaction detection of Haemophilus ducreyi DNA.
  1. D J Roesel,
  2. L Gwanzura,
  3. P R Mason,
  4. M Joffe,
  5. D A Katzenstein
  1. Center for AIDS Research, Stanford University, California 94305-5107, USA.


    OBJECTIVES: To develop a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method to detect Haemophilus ducreyi DNA in cultured isolates and clinical material. METHODS: Primers specific to the H ducreyi 16s rRNA gene were synthesised. PCR conditions were optimised and products were verified by restriction endonuclease digestion and agarose gel electrophoresis. RESULTS: The method was able to detect all 28 H ducreyi strains tested; specificity was demonstrated using lysates of 12 related organisms. Applied to clinical samples from genital ulcer swabs obtained in Harare, Zimbabwe, H ducreyi DNA was detected in repeated assays in 35 clinical samples. CONCLUSION: PCR amplification using primers from the 16s rRNA gene may be a useful alternative to culture for the detection of H ducreyi and the diagnosis of chancroid.

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