Identification of animal Pasteurellaceae by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry

Frey, Joachim; Kuhnert, Peter (2015). Identification of animal Pasteurellaceae by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. In: Cunha, Mónica V.; Inácio, João (eds.) Veterinary Infection Biology: Molecular Diagnostics and High-Throughput Strategies. Methods in Molecular Biology: Vol. 1247 (pp. 235-243). New York: Humana Press 10.1007/978-1-4939-2004-4_18

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Species of the family Pasteurellaceae play an important role as primary or opportunistic, predominantly respiratory, pathogens in domestic and wild animals. Some of them cause severe disease with high economic losses in commercial animal husbandry. Hence, rapid and accurate differentiation of Pasteurellaceae is important and signifies a particular challenge to diagnostic laboratories. Identification and differentiation of Pasteurellaceae is mostly done using phenotypic tests or genetic identification based on sequence similarity of housekeeping genes, such as the rrs gene encoding the 16S ribosomal RNA (16S rRNA). Both approaches are time consuming, laborious, and costly, therefore often delaying the final diagnosis of disease or epidemics. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry represents an alternative rapid and reliable method for the differentiation of most members of the family Pasteurellaceae. It is able to differentiate within a few minutes the currently known 18 genera and most of the over 60 species and subspecies of Pasteurellaceae including many members encountered in veterinary diagnostic laboratories. A few closely related species and subspecies that cannot be discriminated by MALDI-TOF are easily identified further by complementary simple tests, such as hemolysis done simultaneously or routinely during pathogen isolation.

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05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Host-Pathogen Interaction
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology

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Frey, Joachim and Kuhnert, Peter


600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology






Methods in Molecular Biology


Humana Press




Peter Kuhnert-Ryser

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09 Feb 2015 13:14

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26 Feb 2016 14:24

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