We compared two DNA extraction methods (a semi-automated method using Maxwell(R) kit and a modified Boom method) and three amplification procedures (a single-step PCR, a nested PCR and a real-time quantitative PCR) on 74 surgical tissue specimens from clinically suspected Buruli ulcer patients. All these procedures were compared before and after decontamination.We observed that, among the procedures tested, real-time PCR after the modified Boom extraction method or a single-run PCR assay after the Maxwell(R) 16 extraction method, performed on non-decontaminated suspensions are the best for the molecular diagnosis of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease.
- Bacterial diseases
- Buruli ulcer
- Mycobacterium ulcerans
- Molecular diagnostic techniques
- DNA extraction
- Polymerase chain reaction
- Laboratory techniques and procedures