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Int J Oral Biol. 2011 Mar;36(1):1-6. Korean. Original Article.
Park SN , Park JY , Kook JK .
Department of Oral Biochemistry, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju 501-759, Korea.
Oral Biology Research Institute, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju 501-759, Korea.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical school, Chosun University, Gwangju 501-759, Korea.

The purpose of this study was to develop species-specific real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) primers for use in the detection of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. These primers were designed based on the nucleotide sequences of the RNA polymerase beta-subunit gene (rpoB). We assessed the specificity of the primers against nine strains of A. actinomycetemcomitans, eight strains (three species) of the Haemophilus genus, and 40 strains of 40 other oral bacterial species. Primer sensitivity was determined by testing serial dilutions of the purified genomic DNAs of A. actinomycetemcomitans ATCC 33384T. Our data reveal that we had obtained species-specific amplicons for all of the tested A. actinomycetemcomitans strains, and that none of these amplicons occurred in any of the other species. Our PCR protocol proved able to detect as little as 2 fg of A. actinomycetemcomitans chromosomal DNA. Our findings suggest that these qRT-PCR primers are suitable for application in epidemiological studies.

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