Lucy Tompkins

Publication Details

  • SPECIES-SPECIFIC DETECTION OF LEGIONELLA-PNEUMOPHILA IN WATER BY DNA AMPLIFICATION AND HYBRIDIZATION JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY Starnbach, M. N., FALKOW, S., Tompkins, L. S. 1989; 27 (6): 1257-1261

    Abstract:

    A sensitive detection system specific for Legionella pneumophila in water was developed. This system is based on amplification of a chromosomal DNA sequence from L. pneumophila by the polymerase chain reaction, followed by detection of the amplified product by hybridization of a radiolabeled oligodeoxynucleotide. After 35 cycles of amplification, a water sample which had been seeded with 35 CFU of L. pneumophila contained sufficient amplified DNA to be detected on dot blots. Bacteria of other genera tested did not generate positive signals under these conditions. Application of this technique to environmental water samples may help identify the natural reservoirs of nosocomial and community-acquired L. pneumophila infections.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1989U715700022

    View details for PubMedID 2754000

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