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Test ID: PTOX    
Toxoplasma gondii, Molecular Detection, PCR

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

This assay uses the commercially produced LightCycler system. To perform the procedure, DNA is extracted from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Toxoplasma gondii is detected by using PCR to amplify the target sequence of the B1 gene. The LightCycler amplifies and monitors fluorescent development of target nucleic acid after each cycle. The continuous monitoring is derived from the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) principle: a hybridization probe with a donor fluorophore on the 3' end is excited by an external light source and emits light that is absorbed by a second hybridization probe with an acceptor fluorophore at the 5' end. The acceptor fluorophore emits light of a different wavelength that can be measured with a signal that is proportional to the amount of specific PCR product.(Cockerill FR, Uhl FR: Applications and challenges of real-time PCR for the clinical microbiology laboratory. In Rapid Cycle Real-Time PCR. Edited by U Reischl, C Wittwer, F Cockerill. Springer, NY, 2002)

Supplemental Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information

No

Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

Monday through Saturday; Varies

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

1 day/same day

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

4 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

1 week

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test

Rochester