First experience of a multicenter external quality assessment of molecular 16S rRNA gene detection in bone and joint infections.

Abstract : The objective of this study was to assess the performance of seven French laboratories for 16S rRNA gene detection by real-time PCR in the diagnosis of bone and joint infection (BJI) to validate a large multicenter study. External quality control (QC) was required owing to the differences in extraction procedures and the molecular equipment used in the different laboratories. Three proficiency sets were organized, including four bacterial DNA extracts and four bead mill-pretreated osteoarticular specimens. Extraction volumes, 16S rRNA gene primers, and sequencing interpretation rules were standardized. In order to assess each laboratory's ability to achieve the best results, scores were assigned, and each QC series was classified as optimal, acceptable, or to be improved. A total of 168 QCs were sent, and 160 responses were analyzed. The expected results were obtained for 93.8%, with the same proportion for extracts (75/80) and clinical specimens (75/80). For the specimens, there was no significant difference between manual and automated extraction. This QC demonstrated the ability to achieve good and homogeneous results using the same 16S rRNA gene PCR with different equipment and validates the possibility of high-quality multicenter studies using molecular diagnosis for BJI.
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Chloé Plouzeau, Pascale Bémer, Anne Sophie Valentin, Geneviève Héry-Arnaud, Didier Tandé, et al.. First experience of a multicenter external quality assessment of molecular 16S rRNA gene detection in bone and joint infections.. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, 2015, 53 (2), pp.419-24. ⟨10.1128/JCM.02413-14⟩. ⟨hal-01130446⟩

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