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1.  Development of a Novel PCR Restriction Analysis of the hsp65 Gene as a Rapid Method To Screen for the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex and Nontuberculous Mycobacteria in High-Burden Countries 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2013;51(4):1165-1170.
The limitations of conventional methods of identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis have led to the development of several nucleic acid amplification techniques which have the advantage of being rapid, sensitive, and specific. However, their expense or the need for technical expertise makes it difficult to use them in regions in which tuberculosis is endemic. A novel PCR restriction analysis (PRA) of the hsp65 gene was therefore developed for rapid screening of clinical isolates to identify Mycobacterium spp. The restriction enzymes NruI and BamHI were selected to obtain a limited number of restriction patterns to further differentiate between Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Three hundred ten isolates from clinical specimens and 24 reference strains were tested. The assay correctly identified 295 of the 310 culture isolates as MTBC, while the remaining 15 isolates were identified as NTM. Of the isolates tested, 135 MTBC strains and all 15 NTM were also confirmed by PRA using Sau96I and CfoI. Thirty-eight randomly selected MTBC strains and all 15 NTM were further confirmed by sequencing. The NruI/BamHI PRA was simple, as it did not require any elaborate analyses. It was cost-effective, rapid, highly sensitive, and specific and did not require technical expertise. The assay can, therefore, be used as a simple screening test not only to detect Mycobacterium spp. but also to differentiate MTBC from NTM in peripheral laboratories with minimal availability of funds.
PMCID: PMC3666794  PMID: 23363822
2.  Maternal Footprints of Southeast Asians in North India 
Human Heredity  2008;66(1):1-9.
We have analyzed 7,137 samples from 125 different caste, tribal and religious groups of India and 99 samples from three populations of Nepal for the length variation in the COII/tRNALys region of mtDNA. Samples showing length variation were subjected to detailed phylogenetic analysis based on HVS-I and informative coding region sequence variation. The overall frequencies of the 9-bp deletion and insertion variants in South Asia were 1.9 and 0.6%, respectively. We have also defined a novel deep-rooting haplogroup M43 and identified the rare haplogroup H14 in Indian populations carrying the 9-bp deletion by complete mtDNA sequencing. Moreover, we redefined haplogroup M6 and dissected it into two well-defined subclades. The presence of haplogroups F1 and B5a in Uttar Pradesh suggests minor maternal contribution from Southeast Asia to Northern India. The occurrence of haplogroup F1 in the Nepalese sample implies that Nepal might have served as a bridge for the flow of eastern lineages to India. The presence of R6 in the Nepalese, on the other hand, suggests that the gene flow between India and Nepal has been reciprocal.
PMCID: PMC2588665  PMID: 18223312
South Asia; 9bp indel; mtDNA; Haplogroup

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