Rapid visualized isothermal nucleic acid testing of Vibrio parahaemolyticus by polymerase spiral reaction

  • Shiyu He
  • Hongbo Jang
  • Chao Zhao
  • Kun Xu
  • Juan Wang
  • Bo Pang
  • Xiaoxue Si
  • Minghua Jin
  • Xiuling SongEmail author
  • Juan LiEmail author
Research Paper


The aim of this study was to develop an effective and specific visual method to rapidly detect and identify Vibrio parahaemolyticus (V. parahaemolyticus) based on the polymerase spiral reaction (PSR). The method utilized only two pairs of primers designed specifically to target the conserved tlh gene sequence of V. parahaemolyticus. Nucleic acid amplification can be achieved under isothermal conditions using DNA polymerase. The reaction could be accomplished in < 40 min with high specificity and sensitivity. The limits of detection of V. parahaemolyticus in purified genomic DNA and pure culture were 300 fg/μL and 2.4 CFU/mL per reaction, respectively, which were 100-fold more sensitive than with conventional PCR. The model food samples showed consistent specificity and sensitivity to the pure bacterial culture. With these encouraging results, it is expected that the novel, effortless and reliable isothermal nucleic acid testing assay developed in this study has potential to be applied to screening for V. parahaemolyticus in seafood samples.


Vibrio parahaemolyticus Polymerase spiral reaction Isothermal nucleic acid testing Rapid detection 


Funding information

This study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant numbers 81502849 and 81872668), the Bethune Medical Scientific Research Fund Project of Jilin University (Grant number 2018B20), the Scientific and Technological Research Project of Jilin Province (Grant numbers 20170204003SF and 20180101095JC), Health science and technology capacity improvement project of Jilin Province (2019Q011) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiyu He
    • 1
  • Hongbo Jang
    • 2
  • Chao Zhao
    • 1
  • Kun Xu
    • 1
  • Juan Wang
    • 1
  • Bo Pang
    • 1
  • Xiaoxue Si
    • 1
  • Minghua Jin
    • 1
  • Xiuling Song
    • 1
    Email author
  • Juan Li
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Hygienic Inspection, School of Public HealthJilin UniversityChangchunChina
  2. 2.Research LaboratoryChangchun Children’s HospitalChangchunChina

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