Volume 90, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



An assay to detect in stool specimens was developed using the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method. Primers were based on the 28S ribosomal subunit gene. The reaction conditions were optimized and SYTO-82 fluorescent dye was used to allow real-time and visual detection of the product. The product identity was confirmed with restriction enzyme digestion, cloning, and sequence analysis. The assay was specific when tested against DNA from bacteria, fungi and parasites, and 30 normal stool samples. Analytical sensitivity was to < 10 copies of target sequence in a plasmid and up to a 10 dilution of DNA extracted from a larva spiked into stool. Sensitivity was increased when further dilutions were made in water, indicative of reduced reaction inhibition. Twenty-seven of 28 stool samples microscopy and polymerase chain reaction positive for were positive with the LAMP method. On the basis of these findings, the assay warrants further clinical validation.


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  • Received : 08 Oct 2013
  • Accepted : 08 Nov 2013
  • Published online : 05 Feb 2014

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