A1 Journal article – refereed
Evaluation of the TPX MRSA assay for the detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus




List of Authors: Stenholm T, Hakanen A, Salmenlinna S, Pihlasalo S, Härmä H, Hänninen P, Huovinen P, Vuopio J, Kotilainen P
Publication year: 2011
Journal: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Journal name in source: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Number in series: 10
Volume number: 30
Issue number: 10
Number of pages: 7
ISSN: 0934-9723

Abstract
The aim of this study was to evaluate a new type of assay for the phenotypic detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The assay is based on a point-of-care compatible two-photon excitation fluorescence detection technology (TPX). A collection of 243 epidemic MRSA isolates was tested in addition to 138 sporadic MRSA and 101 negative control strains. The assay proved to be both sensitive (97.9%) and specific (94.1%) in the identification of MRSA, with adequate positive (98.4%) and negative (92.2%) predictive values. The time required for obtaining a positive test result was less than 14 h for 99.0% of the MRSA true-positive samples. After a test run, the selectively enriched reaction mixtures may be recovered and further studied by molecular or standard phenotypic methods. The main benefits of the TPX methodology include a simple assay procedure, low reagent consumption, and a high-throughput capacity. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

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