Volume 65, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


We describe the application of single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis to the speciation of human microsporidia after polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification with the panmicrosporidian primers PMP1 and PMP2. We compared the DNA extracted and amplified from different genotypes or isolates of Enterocytozoon bieneusi, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, E. hellem, and E. intestinalis plus an isolate of Vittaforma corneae. The PCR-SSCP, when performed at 20 degrees C, generated 2 bands in distinctive, reproducible patterns in polyacrylamide gels for each species of microsporidia tested, regardless of genotype or isolate. We found PCR-SSCP to be an easy and reproducible method for speciation of human microsporidia when the primer pair PMP1 and PMP2 is used.


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