Objectives To investigate the performance of the fully automated cobas 4800 CT/NG test for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Methods The study was conducted using 900 clinical specimens (496 urine and 404 swab specimens) for C trachomatis testing, of which 498 specimens (318 urine and 180 swab specimens) were also tested for N gonorrhoeae. The results of the cobas 4800 CT/NG test were compared with those obtained from the Roche COBAS AMPLICOR CT/NG and COBAS TaqMan CT assays. N gonorrhoeae-positive specimens were further tested using in-house, real-time PCR assays. A panel of 223 Neisseria isolates was used to further investigate the performance of the cobas 4800 N gonorrhoeae assay.
Results For urine specimens, the sensitivity, specificity and negative and positive predictive values of the cobas 4800 CT/NG test were 94.5%, 99.5%, 98.8% and 97.7%, respectively, for C trachomatis, and 92.9%, 100%, 99.7% and 100%, respectively, for N gonorrhoeae. For swab specimens, the sensitivity, specificity and negative and positive predictive values were 92.0%, 100%, 99.5% and 100%, respectively, for C trachomatis, and 100%, 99.4%, 100% and 90.0%, respectively, for N gonorrhoeae. All N gonorrhoeae isolates were positive and all non-gonococcal Neisseria strains were negative by the cobas 4800 N gonorrhoeae assay.
Conclusions The cobas 4800 CT/NG test is suitable for high through-put identification of C trachomatis and N gonorrhoeae infections.
- Chlamydia trachomatis
- DNA amplification
- Neisseria gonorrhoea
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Funding Financial support was provided by Roche Diagnostics, Australia, for specimen transport and cobas 4800 CT/NG testing costs.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.