Evaluation of the new GenoType Mycobacterium assay for identification of mycobacterial species

Cristina Russo, Enrico Tortoli, Donato Menichella

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Abstract

The new commercial assay GenoType Mycobacterium, intended for the identification of mycobacteria, was evaluated with a panel of 197 strains belonging to 86 different taxa. The system, which relies on solid-phase reverse hybridization, is composed of two different kits: GenoType CM for the identification of more frequently detected mycobacterial species and GenoType AS for less common species. The sensitivity and specificity were 97.9% and 92.4% for the CM kit and 99.3% and 99.4% for the AS kit. Our results show that the system may represent a useful tool to substantially enlarge the number of mycobacteria that can be reliably identified in clinical laboratories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-339
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology

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