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Development of a direct and visual isothermal method for meat adulteration detection in low resource settings
- Yan, Chunyu, Wang, Xiudan, Zhao, Xiaoli, Wei, Manman, Shi, Chao, Ma, Cuiping
- Food chemistry 2020 v.319 pp. 126542
- DNA, adulterated products, color, denaturation, duck meat, ducks, heat, mitochondria, point-of-care systems
- Simple, fast and efficient method for on-site detection of meat adulteration is of increasing demand in low-resource regions. Here, a direct and visual denaturation bubble-mediated strand exchange amplification method (SEA) was developed to detect meat adulteration by targeting the mitochondrial sequence from duck, which required only a heating block. The method allowed detecting as low as 10 pg/μL duck DNA and 0.1% duck meat in binary mixtures, sufficiently meeting the demand of meat adulteration detection. Notably, the method realized instrument-free readout by significant color discrimination of positive and negative results. By coupling with fast DNA release, a direct SEA method was developed and reduced the whole detection time to 1 h, eliminating complex DNA extraction process. The developed method provided a promising strategy with integration of fast sample lysis, miniaturized reaction platform and visual readout for meat adulteration, especially suitable for low resource point-of-care settings.