Multiplexed detection of fungal nucleic acid signatures

Mara R. Diaz, Sherry A. Dunbar, James W. Jacobson

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Diagnoses of opportunistic mycotic infections constitute an increasing clinical problem. Conventional diagnostic tests are time consuming and lack specificity and sensitivity for accurate and timely prognoses. This unit provides a comprehensive description of a fungal detection method that combines nucleic acid signatures with flow cytometry. The multiplexed assay, which uses xMAP technology, consists of unique fluorescent microspheres covalently bound to species-specific fungal oligonucleotide probes. In the presence of the complementary target sequence, the probe hybridizes to its biotinylated target. Quantification of the reaction is based on the fluorescence signal of the reporter molecule that binds to the biotin moieties of the target. The assay can be expanded to include other microorganisms and has the capability to simultaneously test 100 different fungal probes per tube/well. The speed, flexibility in design, and high-throughput capability makes this assay an attractive diagnostic tool for fungal infections and other related maladies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13.9.1-13.9.21
JournalCurrent Protocols in Cytometry
Issue numberSUPPL. 44
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Bead suspension array
  • Fungi
  • Hybridization
  • Luminex
  • Multiplex
  • Nucleic acid
  • Yeast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Histology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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