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In order to define transmission routes of cryptosporidiosis and develop markers that distinguish Cryptosporidium parvum isolates, we have identified 2 polymorphic restriction enzyme sites in a C. parvum repetitive DNA sequence. The target sequence was amplified by polymerase chain reaction from 100 to 500 oocysts and the amplified product was subjected to(More)
A polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of a 587-bp region of the Cryptosporidium parvum 70-kDa heat shock protein (HSP70) gene was developed for the detection and discrimination of the two major genotypes of C. parvum, genotype 1 and genotype 2. Ten Cryptosporidium isolates from non-immunocompromised people were(More)
Two mRNA extraction methods were compared in this study to clarify the discrepancies found between authors regarding the presence of mRNA in inactivated Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts. Cryptosporidium parvum heat shock protein 70 (hsp70) mRNA extraction was performed by using oligo(dT)20-labeled magnetic beads or by incubating oocyst lysates with DNase I.(More)
We developed a PCR-based method that can be used to identify Cryptosporidium parvum in human feces. Fecal oocysts were concentrated by centrifugation on a sodium chloride gradient and filtration on a nitrocellulose filter prior to DNA extraction and PCR amplification of a 452-bp C. parvum-specific DNA sequence with a protocol including dUTP and(More)
In order to determine the specificities of PCR-based assays used for detecting Cryptosporidium parvum DNA, eight pairs of previously described PCR primers targeting six distinct regions of the Cryptosporidium genome were evaluated for the detection of C. parvum, the agent of human cryptosporidiosis, and C. muris, C. baileyi, and C. meleagridis, three(More)
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