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Foodborne disease outbreaks are often caused by one of the major pathogens. Early identification of the causal pathogen is crucial for disease control and prevention. We describe a real-time polymerase chain reaction (rtPCR) assay that can identify, in a single reaction, up to eight common foodborne bacterial pathogens, including Salmonella enterica subsp.(More)
We developed a highly sensitive reverse transcription and multiplex real-time PCR (rtPCR) assay that can identify five viruses, including six genogroups, in a single reaction: norovirus genogroups I and II; sapovirus genogroups I, II, IV, and V; human rotavirus A; adenovirus serotypes 40 and 41; and human astrovirus. In comparison to monoplex rtPCR assays,(More)
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), which is considered to be an immune system for bacteria, has been widely used as a tool for genome editing and genotyping. It has also been reported to be associated with virulence factors in some bacteria. To understand the role of CRISPR in the virulence and evolution of pathogenic Vibrio(More)
Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC), including Enterotoxigenic E.coli (ETEC), Enteroaggregative E.coli (EAEC), Enteropathogenic E.coli (EPEC), Enterohemolysin E.coli (EHEC) and Enteroinvasive E.coli (EIEC) causes diarrhea or hemolytic uremic syndromes among infants and travelers around the world. A rapid, reliable and repeatable method is urgent for(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop real-time PCR assay based on modified molecular beacon for simultaneous detection of S. choleraesuis and S. paratyphi C. The established method was applied to the rapid detection of S. choleraesuis in food and stool samples of food poisoning, and then was applied to the identification of Salmonella C. METHODS Based on the sequences(More)
OBJECTIVE To understand the epidemiologic and etiologic characteristics of diarrheagenic Escherichia (E.) coli infections in Shenzhen. METHODS Stool samples were collected from acute diarrheal patients in four sentinel hospitals in Shenzhen and diarrheagenic E. coli strains were isolated and identified with multiplex real-time PCR. Serotyping and(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the etiological characteristics, virulence genes and plasmids that carrying diarrhea-causing Proteus mirabilis and to assess their relationship with drug resistance and pathogenicity. METHODS Proteus mirabilis coming from six different sources (food poisoning, external environment and healthy people) were analyzed biochemically, on(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop an assay for the simultaneous detection of 7 common foodborne pathogens with xMAP liquid chip in a single-tube reaction. METHODS Seven specific primers and probes were designed and synthesized based on the target gene sequences from GenBank. Target bacterial sequences were amplified by asymmetric PCR. The biotinylated products were(More)
BACKGROUND Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is one of the major causes of infectious diarrhea in developing countries. This study aimed to characterize the prevalence and phenotypic and genotypic features of ETEC isolates from Shenzhen, China. METHODS ETEC isolates were obtained from acute diarrheal patients and evaluated for enterotoxin, classical(More)
Pathogenic Vibrio spp., Aeromonas spp. and Plesiomonas shigelloides are associated with human gastroenteritis and wound infections, as well as fish diseases. The comprehensive and accurate identification of these pathogens is crucial for the current public health. The present study describes the development of a multiplex assay for the simultaneous(More)