TITLE

Detection of Ophiocordyceps sinensis in soil by quantitative real-time PCR

AUTHOR(S)
Peng, Qingyun; Zhong, Xin; Lei, Wei; Zhang, Guren; Liu, Xin
PUB. DATE
March 2013
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Microbiology;Mar2013, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p204
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Ophiocordyceps sinensis, one of the best known entomopathogenic fungi in traditional Chinese medicine, parasitizes larvae of the moth genus Thitarodes, which lives in soil tunnels. However, little is known about the spatial distribution of O. sinensis in the soil. We established a protocol for DNA extraction, purification, and quantification of O. sinensis in soil with quantitative real-time PCR targeting the internal transcribed spacer region. The method was assessed using 34 soil samples from Tibet. No inhibitory effects in purified soil DNA extracts were detected. The standard curve method for absolute DNA quantification generated crossing point values that were strongly and linearly correlated to the log10 of the initial amount of O. sinensis genomic DNA ( r2 = 0.999) over 7 orders of magnitude (4 × 101 to 4 × 107 fg). The amplification efficiency and y-intercept value of the standard curve were 1.953 and 37.70, respectively. The amount of O. sinensis genomic DNA decreased with increasing soil depth and horizontal distance from a sclerotium ( P < 0.05). Our protocol is rapid, specific, sensitive, and provides a powerful tool for quantification of O. sinensis from soil.
ACCESSION #
86448988

 

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