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Dolan, A,Burgess, CM,Barry, TB,Fanning, S,Duffy, G
2009
April
Journal Of Microbiological Methods
A novel quantitative reverse-transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) for the enumeration of total bacteria, using meat micro-flora as a model
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Quantitative PCR Reverse-transcription Total bacteria TVC REAL-TIME PCR POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION BEEF CARCASSES REFRIGERATED STORAGE ETHIDIUM MONOAZIDE VIABLE BACTERIA DEAD CELLS QUANTIFICATION CONTAMINATION DNA
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A sensitive quantitative reverse-transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) method was developed for enumeration of total bacteria. Using two sets of primers separately to target the ribonuclease-P (RNase P) RNA transcripts of gram positive and gram negative bacteria. Standard curves were generated using SYBR Green I kits for the LightCycler 2.0 instrument (Roche Diagnostics) to allow quantification of mixed microflora in liquid media. RNA standards were used and extracted from known cell equivalents and subsequently converted to cDNA for the construction of standard curves. The number of mixed bacteria in culture was determined by qRT-PCR, and the results correlated (R-2 = 0.88, rsd = 0.466) with the total viable count over the range from approx. Log(10) 3 to approx. Log(10) 7 CFU ml(-1). The rapid nature of this assay (8 h) and its potential as an alternative method to the standard plate count method to predict total viable counts and shelf life are discussed. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
DOI 10.1016/j.mimet.2008.10.013
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