The INNO-LiPA Mycobacteria Test (Innogenetics, N.V., Belgium) is a PCR-based reverse hybridization assay for the simultaneous identification of several mycobacterial species. We evaluated two simplified lysis methods for mycobacterial DNA release for application in the INNO-LiPA Mycobacteria Test. The two methods were based on either (i) heat treatment or (ii) sonication. Both methods were performed directly on 45 positive liquid cultures (MB-BacT, BioMérieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France) containing 17 different mycobacterial species. These two simple lysis procedures demonstrated similar effectiveness (100%) to that recommended by the manufacturer. They also significantly shortened the time required for mycobacterial DNA release. © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
- Mycobacteria identification
- Reverse hybridization