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A Borrelia burgdorferi outer surface protein C (OspC) genotyping method using Luminex technology


A Borrelia burgdorferi outer surface protein C (OspC) genotyping method using Luminex technology



Plos one 17(6): E0269266



PMID: 35648767

Borrelia burgdorferi is an important tickborne human pathogen comprising several strains based on nucleotide sequence of the outer surface protein C (ospC) gene. Detection and characterization of different ospC genotypes is vital for research on B. burgdorferi and the risk it poses to humans. Here we present a novel, multiplex assay based on Luminex xMAP technology for the detection of B. burgdorferi ospC genotypes. The assay has five major steps: amplification of the ospC gene, hydrolyzation of surplus primers and nucleotides, incorporation of biotinylated nucleotides into the template DNA, hybridization to Luminex microspheres, and detection of fluorescent signals corresponding to each ospC genotype. We validated the protocol by comparing results obtained from our method against results from an established ospC genotyping method. This protocol can be used for the characterization of ospC genotypes in B. burgdorferi infected ticks, reservoir hosts, and/or clinical samples.

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