Listeriolysin O-Based Latex Agglutination Test for the Rapid Detection of Listeria monocytogenes in Foods

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A latex agglutination-based test for the rapid detection of Listeria monocytogenes in foods was developed. An anti-listeriolysin O (LLO) monoclonal antibody (H1D5E12D7; IgG2b) covalently bound to polystyrene amidine-modified latex beads was used in a slide agglutination assay. The latex reagent detected 0.1 ng/ml of LLO in phosphate-buffered saline plus bovine serum albumin. It reacted with culture supernatants of L. monocytogenes but not with other Listeria species or Streptococcus groups A through G. The listeriolysin O latex agglutination assay (LLOLAT) was applied to 24-h and 48-h USDA primary enrichment cultures of 208 food samples obtained from refrigerators of listeriosis patients enrolled in a study to determine the role of foods in sporadic listeriosis. Of 19 samples positive by cultural techniques, 17 were positive by the LLOLAT. Cultures with low (<0.3 CFU/g) levels of L. monocytogenes were positive in the LLOLAT. No cross-reactivity occurred when using a heterogeneous monoclonal antibody. The LLOLAT is a sensitive, specific and rapid test and may be useful for screening foods for L. monocytogenes.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA

Publication date: September 1, 1997

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