LHSV - Performance: Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molecular Detection, PCR

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Test Name

Test ID: LHSV    
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molecular Detection, PCR

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

Viral nucleic acid is extracted by the MagNA Pure automated instrument (Roche Applied Science) from genital, dermal, tissue, or cerebrospinal fluid specimens. Primers directed to the DNA polymerase of herpes simplex virus produce a 215-base pair amplicon. The LightCycler instrument (Roche Applied Science), amplifies and monitors by fluorescence the development of target nucleic acid sequences after the annealing step during PCR cycling. This is an automated PCR system that can rapidly detect (30-40 minutes) amplicon development through stringent air-controlled temperature cycling and capillary cuvettes. The detection of amplified products is based on the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) principle. For FRET product detection, a hybridization probe with a donor fluorophore, fluorescein, 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, LC-Red 640, at the 5'-end. The acceptor fluorophore then emits a light of a different wavelength that can be measured with a signal that is proportional to the amount of specific PCR product. LightCycler hybridization probes are designed for HSV-type 2 and sequence differences between HSV-type 2- and HSV-type 1 are detected by melting curve analysis. Melting curve analysis is performed following PCR amplification. Starting at 40 degrees C, the temperature in the thermal chamber is slowly raised to 95 degrees C, and the fluorescence is measured at frequent intervals. Sequence differences between the PCR product and hybridization probes result in shifts in the melting temperatures (57.5 degrees C for HSV type 1 and 65.8 degrees C for HSV type 2) that are detected. Analysis of the PCR amplification and probe melting curves is accomplished through the use of LightCycler software.(Espy MJ, Uhl JR, Svien KA: Laboratory diagnosis of herpes simplex virus infections in the clinical laboratory by LightCycler PCR. J Clin Microbiol 2000;38[2]:795-799)

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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

3 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