A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method to detect Streptococcus uberis in raw milk was developed and evaluated. Three genes (sodA, pauA, cpn60) were assessed for their suitability as targets in LAMP. The analytical sensitivity was 120, 120, and 12 fg per assay for the sodA, pauA, and cpn60 assays, respectively, with a detectable signal within 8 min for the highest concentration (12 ng/assay) and ∼60 min for the lowest concentrations. The LAMP assays correctly identified 7 Strep. uberis strains among a set of 83 mastitis pathogens. To enable DNA isolation from raw milk, a new method was used in which a pretreatment with a cocktail of lysing enzymes was performed before an established procedure. This method resulted in an analytical sensitivity of 48 cfu/assay for the sodA LAMP assay using raw milk spiked with Strep. uberis, corresponding to 2.4 × 104 cfu/mL milk. For raw milk samples from cows experimentally infected with Strep. uberis, results of enumeration were largely reflected by results of LAMP. Evaluation of the sodA LAMP assay with 100 raw milk field samples, of which 50 were Strep. uberis culture-negative and 50 Strep. uberis culture-positive, showed that the assay had a diagnostic sensitivity of 96.0% and a diagnostic specificity of 96.0%. In conclusion, the described LAMP assay may offer a simple alternative for convenient and sensitive detection of S. uberis in raw milk, provided a compatible rapid DNA isolation procedure is available.
- Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP)
- Raw milk
- Streptococcus uberis