Journal article

Blastocystis: Subtyping isolates using pyrosequencing (TM) technology

CR Stensvold, RJ Traub, G von Samson-Himmelstjerna, C Jespersgaard, HV Nielsen, RCA Thompson

Experimental Parasitology | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2007


Blastocystis is a prevalent single-celled enteric parasite of unresolved clinical significance. Efforts based on molecular methodologies to establish whether pathogenicity is linked to specific isolates of the genetically diverse genus of Blastocystis have been scarce and so far yielded ambiguous results which can be difficult to interpret. To alleviate some of the problems related to unravelling the molecular epidemiology of Blastocystis infections we developed and evaluated a simple and high-throughput sequence analysis (SQA) pyrosequencing technique based on the detection of genotype-specific nucleotide polymorphisms in the 18S small subunit rRNA gene for a rapid and cost-effective post-P..

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