Identification of Balamuthia mandrillaris by PCR assay using the mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene as a target.

@article{Booton2003IdentificationOB,
  title={Identification of Balamuthia mandrillaris by PCR assay using the mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene as a target.},
  author={Gregory C. Booton and Jennifer R Carmichael and Govinda S. Visvesvara and Thomas J. Byers and Paul A Fuerst},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={453-5}
}
Balamuthia mandrillaris is an opportunistic pathogen that causes granulomatous amebic meningoencephalitis in animals, including humans. Based on sequence analysis of mitochondrial small-subunit-rRNA genes, we developed primers that amplify a Balamuthia-specific PCR product. These primers will be useful for retrospective analyses of fixed tissues and possible identification of Balamuthia in vivo. 

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