Journal article

Evaluation of LightCycler as a platform for nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA) in real-time detection of enteroviruses

Anna-Maria Costa, David Lamb, Suzanne M Garland, Sepehr N Tabrizi



The nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA) assay has been demonstrated to be more sensitive for detection of enteroviruses (EV) than RT-PCR. Many laboratories, however, do not have a dedicated instrument for the NASBA assay. This study aimed to evaluate the use of the Roche LightCycler as a platform for performing the NASBA assay for detection of EV. A diverse subgenera of EV were used to assess the specificity of the NASBA assay, including coxsackie, echovirus, poliovirus, and other enteroviruses together with related and unrelated viruses, including rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, herpes simplex virus, adenovirus, influenza virus A, and cytomegalovirus. All species of E..

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