Re: Mycobacterium Leprae
We do immunohistochemistry for mycobacteria; very sensitive, but not
specific. The pAb that we use stains all types of mycobacteria and may
cross-react with other bacteria as well since bacteria share antigens.
Therefore, positive immunoreactivity should be confirmed with another
technique. In addition, we can extract DNA from the formalin-fixed,
paraffin-embedded tissue and probe for mycobacterial DNA sequences. We
use two primers: one is genus-specific for mycobacteria and the other is
specific for Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
>>> Claye Clyatt 02/03/03 10:07AM >>>
Does anyone have tissue containing Mycobaterium Leprae that can be
shared for a control slide or know of a reference lab that can perform
staining on a paraffin block for this agent.
Department of Pathology
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Ga 30912
office (706) 721-3630
pager (706) 721-7243-1132
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