David E. Pettit

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Using 920 sera, we compared the specificity and reproducibility of the hemagglutination treponemal test for syphilis with those of the fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorption test and the microhemagglutination assay for Treponema pallidum antibodies; we found all three tests to be comparable. However, the hemagglutination treponemal test for syphilis,(More)
The fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorption double-staining step-by-step procedure and proposed reference reagents for the test are described. The test and reagents were evaluated in two separate laboratories on 265 fresh sera, and test results were compared with the reference fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorption test results performed in a third(More)
We have shown that a modification of the color-coded antigen developed by Kasatiya and Lambert (Appl. Microbiol. 28:317-318, 1974) can be used as a substitute for other nontreponemal antigens used in screening tests for syphilis. The antigen is based on the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory antigen, with EDTA, choline chloride, and toluidine red toner(More)
In 1984 the reporting system for the fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorption (FTA-Abs) test was changed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC; Atlanta, GA) to eliminate the borderline report. Factors influencing the reliability of the FTA-Abs test results, i.e., sensitivity, specificity, prevalence of syphilis, prescreening of sera with nontreponemal(More)
The rapid plasma reagin (RPR) card test manufactured by Beckman Instruments, Inc., was compared, qualitatively and quantitatively, with the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) slide test and the standard RPR 18-mm circle card tests for the serodiagnosis of syphilis. Sera from 638 individuals were used in this study. Two pilot lots and two production(More)
power multiplexing to allow accurate active and standby (leakage) power measurements with minimal test chip pin count is presented. This structure is used to validate radiation hardened by design (RHBD) standard cell library gates for TID hardness and delay. Additionally, the performance of standard commercial two-edge gates and their annular counterparts(More)
The toluidine red unheated serum test (TRUST) antigen, a macroscopic flocculation test antigen developed by Pettit et al. (J. Clin. Microbiol. 18:1141-1145, 1983) by modifying the color-coded antigen of Kasatiya and Lambert (Appl. Microbiol. 28:317-318, 1974), was compared with the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) slide and rapid plasma reagin(More)
The unheated serum reagin (USR) test, a standard qualitative test for syphilis, was evaluated for use as a quantitative test for the serodiagnosis of syphilis and as a means of determining the effectiveness of treatment. Tests were performed on 664 syphilitic sera from treated and untreated patients in the primary, secondary, and latent stages of the(More)