Volume 101, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) remains one of the world’s most prevalent neglected diseases, particularly in developing countries. Identification of the involved species is an important step in the diagnosis and case management process. In this study, we tested simple, rapid, and highly sensitive loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays for DNA species-specific detection from cutaneous lesions. Two LAMP assays, targeting cysteine protease B (cpb) gene, were developed to detect and identify and species. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification specificity was examined using DNA samples from other species and species. No cross-reactions were detected. The developed LAMP assays exhibited sensitivity with a detection limit of 20 fg and 200 fg for and , respectively. Both tests were applied on clinical samples of CL suspected patients living in endemic Tunisian regions and compared with kinetoplast DNA quantitative PCR (qPCR), microscopic, and conventional cpb-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays. Our LAMP tests were able to discriminate between and species and showed a sensitivity of 84% and a specificity of 100%. However, when compared with the performance of the diagnostic tests with latent class analysis (LCA), our LAMP assays show a sensitivity of 100%. These assays can be used as a first-line molecular test for early diagnosis and prompt management of CL cases in public health programs.


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  • Received : 31 Jan 2019
  • Accepted : 17 Apr 2019
  • Published online : 13 May 2019

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