A method for the detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum by PCR is described. A rapid, reliable procedure was developed for the extraction of DNA, which could be applied to infected kidney homogenates and head kidney lymphocyte preparations. The target for DNA amplification was a 376-bp region of the gene encoding the 57-kDa major surface antigen (MSA). The PCR was specific for R. salmoninarum and allowed the detection of 10 to 100 cells of the pathogen. Use of the PCR for the examination of experimentally infected rainbow trout showed it to be as reliable as plate culture methods for the detection of R. salmoninarum in infected kidneys.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Applied and Environmental Microbiology|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1996|