A specific PCR assay for the dermatophyte fungus Microsporum canis

D. Liu, L. Pearce, G. Lilley, S. Coloe, R. Baird, J. Pedersen

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A DNA fragment of approximately 1.2 kb, generated from the common dermatophyte Microsporum canis by arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using random primer OPU13, was cloned and sequenced. Based on the resulting sequencing data, a forward primer (MC1F) and a reverse primer (MC1R) have been designed and assessed by PCR for their usefulness in the improved identification of M. canis. The results obtained suggest that these primers are specific for M. canis, as a band of 900 bp was amplified in PCR with genomic DNA from M. canis only, and not from any of the other dermatophyte species or varieties, other fungi or common bacteria examined. Combining this PCR technique with a rapid mini-preparation method for fungal DNA, a definitive diagnosis of M. canis can be achieved within a day from the primary cultures. Future refinement of a DNA purification protocol from clinical specimens would further enhance the potential of the PCR based test for improved detection and identification of M. canis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-219
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Mycology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Dermatophyte
  • Microsporum canis
  • PCR


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