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)
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)
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)
Both the rapid plasma reagin (RPR) 18-mm circle card test and the toluidine red unheated serum test (TRUST) were designed to be more rapid than the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory slide test for the serodiagnosis of syphilis. The RPR card test, although originally designed as the teardrop card test for use with plasma, has received recognition from the(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)
This study evaluates the American Dade (Biokit Laboratories) rapid plasma reagin (Dade RPR) card test, currently used in Spain for the diagnosis of syphilis, which has been recently released to the U.S. market. Used as a basis for comparison with the Dade card test were the 18-mm standard rapid plasma reagin (standard RPR) card test and the Venereal Disease(More)