GenoScreen proposes you the opportunity to characterize more accurately your microorganisms (subspecies or strain characterization) using standardized and validated molecular biology methods such as MLST or MLVA (including MIRU-VNTR)
MultiLocus Sequencing Typing (MLST)
The MLST (MultiLocus Sequencing Typing) sequencing typing is the reference technique for the distinction of different strains. This method is based on the house-keeping genes sequencing (house-keeping genes are encoding essential proteins of the bacterium). These sequences have the particularity of presenting a stable polymorphism over time and sufficient enough to distinguish strains from each other.
This approach allows the characterization of a microorganism whose genus (or species) is known in order to identity the species(or subspecies) and this thanks to the sequencing of 7 house-keeping genes.
The MLST by GenoScreen
GenoScreen's MLST service offer is a complete package of services realized from extracted DNA or thermolysate. This includes the PCRs realization, the sequencing on a capillary sequencer, the sequences analysis and the strain assignment..
Multiple Loci VNTR Analysis (MLVA)
The MLVA (Multiple Loci VNTR Analysis) is a genetic analysis method of VNTR (variable number of tandem repeats) pattern polymorphism based on their count. During a first step, each targeted VNTR locus is amplified by PCR with flanking-region specific primers. The fragments obtained are then separated according to their size by electrophoresis on capillary sequencer. The genotyping of each locus and the results compiled from each sample allow to assign to the strain a specific numerical code for a subspecies.
The MLVA approach allows to characterize a microorganism whose species is known, to identify, at least, the subspecies through allele typing and comparison to the MLVA databases. This method is more selective than the MLST method and does not require a DNA sequencing step. It thus makes it possible to differentiate close subspecies (clonal species).
The MLVA by GenoScreen
GenoScreen's MLVA service offer is a complete package of services realized from extracted DNA or thermolysate. This includes the PCRs realization, the electrophoresis on a capillary sequencer, the data analysis and the strain assignment.
The analysis can be performed starting from a customized typing scheme based on your needs, in connection with the data available for your species.
MIRU-VNTR : the MLVA solution for the Mycobacterium tuberculosis typing
The MIRU-VNTR solution developed by our teams is being used by various healthcare centers and research teams internationally, as a kit or service delivery. GenoScreen is the worldwide leader in genotyping strains of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, the agent responsible for tuberculosisDiscover our MIRU-VNTR solutions