Acholeplasma laidlawii PG8 ultramicroforms amplificate selectivelyrrnB nucleotide sequences
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Mycoplasmas are frequent contaminants ofin vitro animal cell cultures. Despite a broad spectrum of modern methods, detection of mycoplasmas remains a serious problem. The situation is complicated by the fact that mycoplasmas may be presented in cell cultures or biological samples by viable but unculturable forms (ultramicroforms). We found that the DNA ofAcholeplasma laidlawii PG8 ultramicroforms showed selective amplification of therrnB nucleotide sequences while vegetative cells of the mycoplasma showed amplification both forrrnA andrrnB sequences. The role of enzyme deproteinization in PCR results was also shown. The results presented in this report indicate that the optimisation of primer sequences as well as PCR regime may be crucial steps in detection and differentiation of vegetative forms and ultramicroforms ofA. laidlawii.
Key wordspolymerase chain reaction Acholeplasma laidlawii ultramicroforms ribosomal operons
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