Monday, February 18, 2013

Improved Culture Conditions for the Growth and Detection of Borrelia from Human Serum

Here's an important study to check out. This is the kind of thing we need more of. We need to learn whether or not Bb infection persists after relatively short (14 or 30 day) antibiotic therapy.  

In this report we present a method to cultivate Borrelia spirochetes from human serum samples with high efficiency. This method incorporates improved sample collection, optimization of culture media and use of matrix protein. The method was first optimized utilizing Borrelia laboratory strains, and later by demonstrating growth of Borrelia from sera from fifty seropositive Lyme disease patients followed by another cohort of 72 Lyme disease patients, all of whom satisfied the strict CDC surveillance case definition for Lyme disease. The procedure resulted in positive cultures in 47% at 6 days and 94% at week 16. Negative controls included 48 cases. The positive identification of Borrelia was performed by immunostaining, PCR, and direct DNA sequencing.

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