Development of 23 individual TaqMan® real-time PCR assays for identifying common foodborne pathogens using a single set of amplification conditions

Paola Cremonesi, Laura Francesca Pisani, Cristina Lecchi, Fabrizio Ceciliani, Pieranna Martino, Armand Sanchez Bonastre, Avo Karus, Claudia Balzaretti, Bianca Castiglioni

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Abstract

Most of the acute intestinal diseases are caused by foodborne pathogens with infants and elderly people being at major risk. The aim of this study was to develop a procedure to simultaneously detect 20 foodborne pathogens in complex alimentary matrices such as milk, cheese and meat. The list of targets include, among the others, Listeria spp., Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., Escherichia coli spp., Campylobacter spp., Clostridium spp. and Staphylococcus aureus. The accuracy of detection was determined by using ATCC strains as positive and negative controls. The achieved sensitivity of each of assays was 1pg of genomic DNA, which was equivalent to ~1cfu. The working ranges of the TaqMan® Real-time PCR assays, when used quantitatively on cheese and meat samples inoculated with serial dilution of Listeria spp., Listeria monocytogenes, S.aureus, Salmonella enterica, Shigella boydii, E.coli O157:H7, Bacillus cereus, Campylobacter coli, Yersinia enterocolitica, Enterobacter sakazakii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa was 108cfu/g to 104cfu/g. No matrix interferences were observed. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
JournalFood Microbiology
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Cheese
  • Foodborne pathogens
  • Meat

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