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Rapid virological diagnosis of central nervous system infections by use of a multiplex reverse transcription-PCR DNA microarray

Rapid virological diagnosis of central nervous system infections by use of a multiplex reverse transcription-PCR DNA microarray

Journal of Clinical Microbiology 49(11): 3874-3879

Viruses are the main etiological cause of central nervous system (CNS) infections. A rapid molecular diagnosis is recommended to improve the therapeutic management of patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performances of a DNA microarray, the Clart Entherpex kit (Genomica, Coslada, Spain), allowing the rapid and simultaneous detection of 9 DNA and RNA neurotropic viruses: herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), HSV-2, varicella-zoster virus (VZV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), HHV-7, HHV-8, and the human enteroviruses (HEVs). This evaluation was performed with 28 samples from the European proficiency panels (Quality Control for Molecular Diagnostics [QCMD]; Glasgow, Scotland) and then with 78 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens. The majority of the QCMD results obtained by the DNA microarray were similar to those recorded by the overall QCMD participants. The main discrepant results were observed for low concentrations of HSV-2 and HEVs. From the clinical samples, the kit detected 27 of the 28 herpesvirus CNS infections and all of the 30 HEV-positive CSF samples. No false-positive result was observed among the 20 virus-negative CSF samples. The clinical sensitivity, specificity, and negative and positive predictive values of the assay were 98.3, 100, 95.2, and 100%, respectively, when the results were compared to those of commercially available PCR assays. Interestingly, HHV-7 was detected in 11 (37%) of the 30 HEV-positive CSF samples from children suffering from aseptic meningitis causing significantly longer lengths of stay at the hospital than infection with HEVs alone (2.4 versus 1.4 days; P = 0.038). In conclusion, this preliminary study showed that this DNA microarray could be a valuable molecular diagnostic tool for single and mixed DNA and RNA virus infections of the CNS.

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DOI: 10.1128/jcm.01214-11

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