A LightCycler real-time PCR hybridization probe assay for detecting food-borne thermophilic Campylobacter

S. Perelle, Mathilde Hartmann Josefsen, Jeffrey Hoorfar, F. Dilasser, J. Grout, P. Fach

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In a previous study, we reported the performance of a PCR assay amplifying 287-bp of the 16S rRNA gene of thermo-tolerant Campylobacter (C. jejuni, C. lari, C. coli) through an international ring-trial involving 12 participating laboratories. Based on the validated set of primers, a LightCycler real-time PCR assay (LC-PCR), which used fluorescent hybridization probes was developed. The test incorporated an internal amplification control co-amplified with the 16S rRNA gene of Campylobacter to monitor potential PCR inhibitors and ensure successful amplifications. The specificity study involving 39 Campylobacter and nine strains of other species indicated that the LC-PCR test was highly specific, giving cross-reactivity with only one strain of C. upsaliensis (CCUG 19559). The sensitivity of the LC-PCR assay, evaluated in 32 spiked poultry-rinse or pork carcass-swab samples, was determined at 10 CFU/ml carcass-rinse. The prevalence of samples positive for thermo-tolerant Campylobacter was 58.8 % in 68 naturally contaminated poultry rinse samples tested by LC-PCR and the data were in good concordance with those of bacteriological method. The Ct values of the three replicates obtained for each sample tested in three different runs demonstrate that the LC-PCR was highly reproducible and afford a powerful tool for rapid detection of the thermotolerant Campylobacter strains.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular and Cellular Probes
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)321-327
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • LightCycler probes
  • real-time PCR
  • Campylobacter


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