Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 2

Comparison of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA Extraction Methods

V. Joshi Suvarna, S. Tajane Sunny, P. Vaidya Shashikant and S. Chowdhary Abhay

Mycobacteriology Division, Department of Clinical Pathology, Haffkine Institute, AcharyaDonde Marg Parel, Mumbai - 400012, India.

Received on 25 March 2015 and accepted on 13 May 2015



Extraction of DNA from sputum samples of patients with tuberculosis is often the most time-consuming step in the entire diagnostic procedure that increases the overall time required to process a clinical specimen. Hence, there is a need to develop a quicker but efficient and cost-effective method. The present study was designed to optimize the time required for DNA extraction without compromising the final yield, purity and therefore the end result for diagnosis. Thirty-five sputum samples were collected from clinically suspected tuberculosis patients and processed using standard decontamination method. DNA from these samples were extracted using three techniques ? Qiagen QIAmp DNA mini kit, HiMedia Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA extraction kit and an In-house method (SDS, TE buffer and triton X). All the methods were assessed for yield and purity using Nanodrop followed by Conventional Nested PCR to amplify the IS6110 region.The optimum incubation period in lysis buffer for all three methods was found to be three hours, with no statistically significant change occurring in the yield and purity. The total time required for extraction was maximum for M/s. Qiagen i.e, ~ 6 h and minimum for in-house method ~ 3.45 h. In-house method was also found to be the relatively inexpensive. The in-house method of extraction was found to be the quickest and most cost-effective. However, the time consuming and laborious preparatory procedures may increase the chances of manual error, especially in laboratories with high sample load.

Keywords : Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), DNA extraction, PCR, yield, purity.