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Detection of Mosquito-borne Arboviruses by Twenty Two Multiplexed xMAP Luminex Arrays Panel


A 22-fold multiplexed Luminex panel to detect medically important arboviruses was previously reported targeting small RNAs produced in vitro. Two synthetic biology innovations made this level of multiplexing possible. We asked if multiplexing was robust when nine targets were added from the Flaviviridae, Togaviridae and Bunyaviridae families. Assay sensitivities were 10, 80, and 270 genome-equivalents for California encephalitis, chikungunya and Murray Valley encephalitis viruses, indicating the robustness of multiplexing using these innovations. Amounts of these viruses in a single infected mosquito are typically higher. Further, the panel identified Murray Valley encephalitis virus in a single infected-mosquito pooled with (5-50) uninfected mosquitoes.

Lyudmyla G. Glushakova, Barry W. Alto, Andrea Bradley and Steven A. Benner

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