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Whole genome sequencing has revolutionised the interrogation of mycobacterial genomes. Recent studies have reported conflicting findings on the genomic stability of Mycobacterium tuberculosis during the evolution of drug resistance. In an age where whole genome sequencing is increasingly relied upon for defining the structure of bacterial genomes, it is(More)
We developed a rapid and sensitive method for the routine detection of all members of the enterovirus genus in different clinical specimens by using real-time TaqMan quantitative PCR. Multiple primer and probe sets were selected in the highly conserved 5'-untranslated region of the enterovirus genome. Our assay detected all 60 different enterovirus species(More)
BACKGROUND Detection of herpes viruses can be significantly improved by PCR. The development of real-time PCR, which has overcome several limitations of conventional PCR, improved the prospects for implementation of PCR-based assays in diagnostic laboratory. OBJECTIVES To compare the diagnostic performance of an automated sample extraction procedure in(More)
Rifampin resistance in clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis arises primarily through the selection of bacterial variants harboring mutations in the 81-bp rifampin resistance-determining region of the rpoB gene. While these mutations were shown to infer a fitness cost in the absence of antibiotic pressure, compensatory mutations in rpoA and rpoC(More)
Human herpes virus 6 (HHV6) is known to reactivate after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), and has been suggested to be associated with severe clinical manifestations in adults. The clinical significance in children remains unclear. We investigated the incidence of HHV6 reactivation in relation to HSCT-associated morbidity and mortality in(More)
Bifidobacterium, Bacteroides, and Clostridium spp. isolated from the feces of 23 neonates during the first 3 months of life were identified. Of the 23 neonates, 10 were breast fed, 6 received an infant formula with iron supplement (5 mg/liter), and 7 received the formula without iron supplement (iron concentration, less than 0.5 mg/liter). The(More)
Antisera raised against several smooth and rough strains of Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium were tested against lipopolysaccharides (LPS) of homologous and heterologous strains. The LPS were separated by sodium dodecyl sulfate-gel electrophoresis, transferred to nitrocellulose paper, and overlaid with antisera. The results showed that antisera(More)
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