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Development and validation of four one-step real-time RT-LAMP assays for specific detection of each dengue virus serotype

Alternative title Detection of each DENV serotype by RT-LAMP

Citation
Lopez-Jimena B, Bekaert M, Bakheit M, Frischmann S, Patel P, Simon-Loriere E, Lambrechts L, Duong V, Dussart P, Harold G, Fall C, Faye O, Sall AA & Weidmann M (2018) Development and validation of four one-step real-time RT-LAMP assays for specific detection of each dengue virus serotype [Detection of each DENV serotype by RT-LAMP]. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12 (5), Art. No.: e0006381. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0006381

Abstract
Background 4 one-step, real-time, reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assays were developed for the detection of dengue virus (DENV) serotypes by considering 2,056 full genome DENV sequences. DENV1 and DENV2 RT-LAMP assays were validated with 31 blood and 11 serum samples from Tanzania, Senegal, Sudan and Mauritania. DENV3 and DENV4 RT-LAMP assays were validated with 25 serum samples from Cambodia Methodology/Principal findings 4 final reaction primer mixes were obtained by using a combination of Principal Component Analysis of the full DENV genome sequences, and LAMP primer design based on sequence alignments using the LAVA software. These mixes contained 14 (DENV1), 12 (DENV2), 8 (DENV3) and 3 (DENV4) LAMP primer sets. The assays were evaluated with an External Quality Assessment panel from Quality Control for Molecular Diagnostics. The assays were serotype-specific and did not cross-detect with other flaviviruses. The limits of detection, with 95% probability, were 22 (DENV1), 542 (DENV2), 197 (DENV3) and 641 (DENV4) RNA molecules, and 100% reproducibility in the assays was obtained with up to 102 (DENV1) and 103 RNA molecules (DENV2, DENV3 and DENV4). Validation of the DENV2 assay with blood samples from Tanzania resulted in 23 samples detected by RT-LAMP, demonstrating that the assay is 100% specific and 95.8% sensitive (positive predictive value of 100% and a negative predictive value of 85.7%). All serum samples from Senegal, Sudan and Mauritania were detected and 3 untyped as DENV1. The sensitivity of RT-LAMP for DENV4 samples from Cambodia did not quite match qRT-PCR. Conclusions/Significance We have shown a novel approach to design LAMP primers that makes use of fast growing sequence databases. The DENV1 and DENV2 assays were validated with viral RNA extracted clinical samples, showing very good performance parameters.

Journal
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Volume 12, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Author(s)Lopez-Jimena, Benjamin; Bekaert, Michaël; Bakheit, Mohammed; Frischmann, Sieghard; Patel, Pranav; Simon-Loriere, Etienne; Lambrechts, Louis; Duong, Veasna; Dussart, Philippe; Harold, Graham; Fall, Cheikh; Faye, Oumar; Sall, Amadou Alpha; Weidmann, Manfred
FundersSeventh Framework Programme and Scottish Funding Council
Publication date29/05/2018
Publication date online29/05/2018
Date accepted by journal12/03/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27311
PublisherPublic Library of Science (PLoS)
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