Dzieciol, M; Volgger, P; Khol, J; Baumgartner, W; Wagner, M; Hein, I
A novel real-time PCR assay for specific detection and quantification of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in milk with the inherent possibility of differentiation between viable and dead cells.
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is the etiological agent of paratuberculosis (Johne"s disease) in ruminants and is suggested to be one of the etiologic factors in Crohn"s disease in humans. Contaminated milk might expose humans to that pathogen. The aim of the present study was to develop a novel real-time PCR assay providing the additional possibility to detect viable Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) based on the MAP-specific Mptb52.16 target. The design included an internal amplification control to identify false negative results.