Analysis of Infectious Diseases
The microbiology unit provides laboratory tests for direct detection of infectious agents as well as indirect tests dependent on antibody detection. In addition molecular techniques are used to characterize virulence and resistance of particular pathogens against antimicrobial drugs.
Detection and characterization of viral agents
Nucleic acids amplification tests (NAAT) for detection of human viral infections including HIV, HBV, HCV, Herpes viruses (HSV, VZV, CMV, EBV, HHV6-8), polyomaviruses, papillomaviruses and others.
Quantification of viral nucleic acids by real time amplification systems
Genotyping of HIV, HBV, HCV and HPV
Genotypic resistance testing for HIV and HBV
Genotypic analysis of HIV-1 tropism
Analysis of bacterial, mycological and parasitic infections
Standard culture of bacteria and fungi
Molecular detection of bacterial pathogens including broad range PCR based on 16S rRNA amplification and sequencing for identification and resistance testing of bacteria difficult to culture.
Phenotypic and molecular characterization of ESBL, MRSA, VRE
Genotyping of Chlamydia trachomatis strains
Detection of parasites including microsporidia and coccidian in various clinical specimens
Multiplex PCR assay for respiratory infections
includes Adenoviruses, Influenzavirus (A and B), Parainfluenzavirus (type 1 and 3), RSV, Rhinovirus, Bocavirus, Metapneumovirus, Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella parapertussis, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis and Streptococcus pneumoniae
Antibody testing for many viral, bacterial and parasite infections including HIV, hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, G, herpes viruses, borrelia, chlamydia, treponema pallidum, yersinia and others