Monitoring Leptospira strain collections: The need for quality control

Gustavo Cerqueira, Alan McBride, Adriano Queiroz, Luciano Pinto, Everton da Silva, Rudy Hartskeerl, Mitermayer Reis, Albert Ko, Odir Dellagostin

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to perform a 16S sequence-based quality control of two Leptospira strain collections. 16S rRNA gene sequencing was used to verify two Leptospira reference collections provided by the World Health Organization and maintained at a reference laboratory for leptospirosis in Brazil. Among the 89 serovars evaluated, four conflicting strains were identified in one of the collections. Although 16S rRNA gene sequencing cannot identify Leptospira beyond the species level, it is suitable for the identification of contamination and quality control of leptospiral reference collections. This study highlights the importance of the availability of high-quality 16S rRNA sequences in public databases. In addition, it emphasizes the need for periodical verifications and quality control of Leptospira reference collections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83 - 87
Number of pages5
JournalThe American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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