In this work we present EasyPrimer, a user-friendly online tool developed to assist pan-PCR and High Resolution Melting (HRM) primer design. The tool finds the most suitable regions for primer design in a gene alignment and returns a clear graphical representation of their positions on the gene. EasyPrimer is particularly useful in difficult contexts, e.g. on gene alignments of hundreds of sequences and/or on highly variable genes. HRM analysis is an emerging method for fast and cost saving bacterial typing and an HRM scheme of six primer sets on five Multi-Locus Sequence Type (MLST) genes is already available for Klebsiella pneumoniae. We validated the tool designing a scheme of two HRM primer sets on the hypervariable gene wzi of Klebsiella pneumoniae and compared the two schemes. The wzi scheme resulted to have a discriminatory power comparable to the HRM MLST scheme, using only one third of primer sets. Then we successfully used the wzi HRM primer scheme to reconstruct a Klebsiella pneumoniae nosocomial outbreak in few hours. The use of hypervariable genes reduces the number of HRM primer sets required for bacterial typing allowing to perform cost saving, large-scale surveillance programs.
Fast Klebsiella pneumoniae typing for outbreak reconstruction: an highly discriminatory HRM protocol on wzi capsular gene developed using EasyPrimer tool / M. Perini, A. Piazza, S. Panelli, D.D. Carlo, M. Corbella, F. Gona, F. Vailati, P. Marone, D.M. Cirillo, C. Farina, G.V. Zuccotti, F. Comandatore. - (2019 Jun 28).
|Titolo:||Fast Klebsiella pneumoniae typing for outbreak reconstruction: an highly discriminatory HRM protocol on wzi capsular gene developed using EasyPrimer tool|
PERINI, MATTEO (Primo)
PIAZZA, AURORA (Secondo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/07 - Microbiologia e Microbiologia Clinica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019-06-28|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1101/679001|
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