Int J Oral Biol.  2019 Mar;44(1):8-13. 10.11620/IJOB.2019.44.1.8.

Optimization of ultra-fast convection polymerase chain reaction conditions for pathogen detection with nucleic acid lateral flow immunoassay

  • 1Department of Life and Nanopharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Republic of Korea.
  • 2R&D Center, Ahram Biosystems Inc., Seoul 04794, Republic of Korea.
  • 3Department of Oral Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Republic of Korea.


Recently, the importance of on-site detection of pathogens has drawn attention in the field of molecular diagnostics. Unlike in a laboratory environment, on-site detection of pathogens is performed under limited resources. In this study, we tried to optimize the experimental conditions for on-site detection of pathogens using a combination of ultra-fast convection polymerase chain reaction (cPCR), which does not require regular electricity, and nucleic acid lateral flow (NALF) immunoassay. Salmonella species was used as the model pathogen. DNA was amplified within 21 minutes (equivalent to 30 cycles of polymerase chain reaction) using ultra-fast cPCR, and the amplified DNA was detected within approximately 5 minutes using NALF immunoassay with nucleic acid detection (NAD) cassettes. In order to avoid false-positive results with NAD cassettes, we reduced the primer concentration or ultra-fast cPCR run time. For singleplex ultra-fast cPCR, the primer concentration needed to be lowered to 3 µM or the run time needed to be reduced to 14 minutes. For duplex ultra-fast cPCR, 2 µM of each primer set needed to be used or the run time needed to be reduced to 14 minutes. Under the conditions optimized in this study, the combination of ultra-fast cPCR and NALF immunoassay can be applied to on-site detection of pathogens. The combination can be easily applied to the detection of oral pathogens.


Molecular diagnostics; Ultra-fast convection polymerase chain reaction; Nucleic acid lateral flow immunoassay

MeSH Terms

Pathology, Molecular
Polymerase Chain Reaction*
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