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A real-time PCR assay to estimate Leishmania chagasi load in its natural sand fly vector Lutzomyia longipalpis

Ranasinghe, Shalindra and Rogers, Matthew E and Hamilton, James G C and Bates, Paul A and Maingon, Rhayza D C (2008) A real-time PCR assay to estimate Leishmania chagasi load in its natural sand fly vector Lutzomyia longipalpis. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 102 (9). pp. 875-882. ISSN 0035-9203

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Abstract

Leishmania chagasi, transmitted mainly by Lutzomyia longipalpis sand flies, causes visceral leishmaniasis and atypical cutaneous leishmaniasis in Latin America. Successful vector control depends upon determining vectorial capacity and understanding Leishmania transmission by sand flies. As microscopic detection of Leishmania in dissected sand fly guts is laborious and time-consuming, highly specific, sensitive, rapid and robust Leishmania PCR assays have attracted epidemiologists' attention. Real-time PCR is faster than qualitative PCR and yields quantitative data amenable to statistical analyses. A highly reproducible Leishmania DNA polymerase gene-based TaqMan real-time PCR assay was adapted to quantify Leishmania in sand flies, showing intra-assay and inter-assay coefficient variations lower than 1 and 1.7%, respectively, and sensitivity to 10 pg Leishmania DNA ( approximately 120 parasites) in as much as 100 ng sand fly DNA. Data obtained for experimentally infected sand flies yielded parasite loads within the range of counts obtained by microscopy for the same sand fly cohort or that were around five times higher than microscopy counts, depending on the method used for data analysis. These results highlight the potential of quantitative PCR for Leishmania transmission studies, and the need to understand factors affecting its sensitivity and specificity.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animals ; DNA, Protozoan ; Female ; Insect Vectors ; Leishmania ; Leishmaniasis ; Psychodidae ; Reproducibility of Results ; Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction ; Sensitivity and Specificity
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Biomedical & Life Sciences
ID Code: 49228
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2011 13:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 19:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49228

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