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Open Access Methodology

Development of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification method to rapidly detect porcine circovirus genotypes 2a and 2b

Xiaohuo Qiu1, Tian Li1, Guorui Zhang1, Jingjing Cao1, Yulan Jin1, Gang Xing12, Min Liao1 and Jiyong Zhou1*

Author Affiliations

1 Key Laboratory of Animal Virology of Ministry of Agriculture, College of Animal Sciences, Zhejiang University, 866 Yuhangtang Road, Hangzhou, 310058, PR China

2 Zhejiang Tongdian Biotechnology Co., Ltd, Hangzhou, 310030, PR China

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Virology Journal 2012, 9:318  doi:10.1186/1743-422X-9-318

Published: 27 December 2012

Abstract

Background

Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), is nowadays associated with a number of diseases known as porcine circovirus-associated diseases (PCVAD), especially postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS). The epidemiological investigation of PCV2 infection was usually conducted by PCR, nested PCR, PCR-RFLP, TaqMan-based assay and nucleotide sequencing. However, there is still no rapid, sensitive and practical method for detecting PCV2 genotypes. As a novel nucleic acid amplification method, the loop-mediated isothermal amplification method (LAMP) has been used to detect a variety of pathogenic microorganisms.

Results

Herein, a LAMP method is developed to detect the genotypes of PCV2. The diagnostic sensitivity of LAMP is 1 copy/reaction for differentiating genotypes PCV2a and PCV2b. The reaction process was completed at 65°C for 1 hour in a water bath. Cross-reactivity assay shows that this method is specific for PCV2a and PCV2b and no reactive for PCV2c and other swine-origin viruses (i.e. CSFV, PRRSV, BVDV, TGEV and PEDV, etc). Identity between LAMP and nested PCR was 92.3% on 52 field clinical samples.

Conclusions

LAMP method provides a rapid, sensitive, reliable way to detect PCV2a and PCV2b, and a better means for the large scale investigation of PCV2a and PCV2b infection.