Lulette Tricia C Bravo

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After isoniazid and rifampin (rifampicin), the next pivotal drug class in Mycobacterium tuberculosis treatment is the fluoroquinolone class. Mutations in resistance-determining regions (RDR) of the rpoB, katG, and gyrA genes occur with frequencies of 97%, 50%, and 85% among M. tuberculosis isolates resistant to rifampin, isoniazid, and fluoroquinolones,(More)
We experienced significant problems while developing a PyrosequencingTM (Biotage, Uppsala, Sweden) assay to characterize the rifampin resistance-determining region of Mycobacteriumtuberculosis, a target with high guanosine-cytosine content. This paper describes the successful use of a modified pyrosequencing protocol through partial substitution of(More)
The past decade has seen a surge in the development of a variety of molecular diagnostics designed to rapidly identify or characterize medically important microorganisms. We briefly review important advances in molecular microbiology, and then discuss specific assays that have been implemented in clinical microbiology laboratories throughout the country. We(More)
Cell blocks are a useful adjunct to smears and monolayer slides in the evaluation of cytologic specimens. Their preparation captures residual small tissue fragments, clots, and cellular sediment, providing additional morphologic information in diagnostically challenging cases. In addition, the use of cell blocks enables further immunostaining of paraffin(More)
The following abstracts are compiled from Check Sample exercises published in 2008. These peer-reviewed case studies assist laboratory professionals with continuing medical education and are developed in the areas of clinical chemistry, cytopathology, forensic pathology, hematology, microbiology, surgical pathology, and transfusion medicine. Abstracts for(More)
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