Development of a highly specific diagnostic 23S rDNA oligonucleotide probe for Mycobacterium leprae.


A 21-mer DNA oligonucleotide probe targeting the 23S rRNA of Mycobacterium leprae was developed and its high specificity demonstrated by dot-blot hybridization. Even under relaxed hybridization and washing conditions (20 degrees C below Tm) the probe was highly selective in that positive signals were only detected with M. leprae, about half of the slow… (More)