Br J Ophthalmol 93:258-262 doi:10.1136/bjo.2008.146639
  • Original Article
    • Laboratory science

Rapid detection and quantification of Propionibacteriaceae

  1. P Goldschmidt1,
  2. C Costa Ferreira2,
  3. S Degorge1,
  4. D Benallaoua1,
  5. S Boutboul3,
  6. L Laroche3,
  7. L Batellier1,
  8. C Chaumeil1
  1. 1
    Laboratoire du Centre National d’Ophtalmologie des Quinze-Vingts, Paris, France
  2. 2
    Hospital S. Sebastiao, Feira, Portugal
  3. 3
    Service 5, Centre National d’Ophtalmologie des Quinze-Vingts, Paris, France
  1. Dr P Goldschmidt, Laboratoire du Centre National d’Ophtalmologie des Quinze-Vingts, 28 rue de Charenton 75012 Paris, France; pablogol{at}
  • Accepted 15 October 2008
  • Published Online First 31 October 2008


Background: Propionibacteriaceae (Propioni) are anaerobic bacteria associated with human and animal infections. Present-day methods of diagnosis for Propioni are unsatisfactory due to a lack of sensitivity of culture, time required for culture results (3 to 14 days) and difficulties in interpreting SYBR Green real-time PCR results. The goal of this work was to validate a new rapid and sensitive test for the diagnosis of Propioni infections (endophthalmitis, corneal ulcers and others).

Material and methods: DNA was extracted using the MagNA Pure isolation kit (Roche), and bacterial detection and quantification were carried out with a set of original primers and probe (5′ATACGTAGGGTGCGAGCGTTGTCC; 5′TGGTGTTCCTCCTGATATCTGCGC and [Amino C6+JOE]-GATCGCGTCGGAAGTGTAATCTTGGGG-Black Hole Quencher). The PCR cycling programme consisted of one cycle at 95°C, 20 s and 45 cycles at 95°C, 3 s and 30 s at 60°C. DNA extraction yields were assessed in the same tube.

Results: This test detects as few as 0.01 Equivalent PFU/μl Propioni in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), aqueous humour, vitreous or cell suspensions. Propioni is detected as a single contaminant or mixed with other bacteria, fungi or human cells.

Conclusion: The new real-time PCR is able to detect 0.01 Eq/CFU μl of Propioni suspended in PBS, vitreous, aqueous humour and human cells in less than 1.30 h.


  • Competing interests: None.