Friday, 5 September 2008

New rtPCR kit to detect Aspergillus infection

Rapid detection of aspergillus infections are of prime importance for a good patient prognosis (see review). Existing methods are very slow (culture) or lack sensitivity for some applications (antigen or antibody detection).
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) is very quick (less than 2 hours from start to finish) and can be very sensitive and specific, providing a way to improve on many of the aformentioned problems. Myconostica are launching a new assay based on RT-PCR technology in an attempt to take advantage of this potential:

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FXGTM: RESP (Asp +) - a new Real-Time PCR assay for the detection of Aspergillus spp. in clinical respiratory samples

FXGTM: RESP (Asp +) is a rapid, molecular based assay for detecting the common respiratory fungal pathogens Aspergillus spp. (and Pneumocystis jirovecii) in human clinical respiratory specimens.

The kit is designed for use by qualified laboratory professionals; its results assist physicians to arrive at the correct diagnosis in immunocompromised adult patients suspected of having a life-threatening respiratory infection. Myconostica's kit offers increased sensitivity, specificity and speed of diagnosis, all of which are key factors critical to improving patient survival rates.


There are two other kits on the market in the EU, both of which can also be found in the EU Approved Kits part of the Diagnosis section.

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