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Four detection methods for mycoplasma contamination in cell factories

Wed Mar 02 10:55:17 CST 2022

Mycoplasma contamination is a very common problem when culturing cells in cell factories. Unlike other contaminations, mycoplasma-contaminated cells generally do not become cloudy, so it is difficult to judge with the naked eye. There are four ways to determine whether cells are contaminated with mycoplasma:

1. DNA fluorescence staining

The DNA fluorescence staining method is based on the principle that the fluorescent dye Hoechst33258 can bind to the AT base-rich region in the DNA of mycoplasma. Fluorescent dots are mycoplasma DNA rich in AT base regions.

2. PCR technology

The specific primers are designed according to the conserved sequences in the Mycoplasma genome, the nucleic acid of the sample to be tested is amplified, and the diagnosis is made by analyzing the size of the amplified product. PCR detection technology is used for the detection of mycoplasma contamination, with short cycle, high sensitivity, good specificity, simple operation, and can detect a large number of samples at one time.

3. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)

ELISA is used in the detection of mycoplasma contamination, with good specificity and sensitivity, and can complete the detection of a large number of samples at one time. It has the characteristics of simple, rapid and quantitative qualitative detection.

4. Electron microscope

Generally, cells in cell factories are cultured for 48 to 72 hours. Before the cells are nearly confluent, the cells are digested with trypsin to make a cell suspension, fixed, embedded, and sliced ​​before observation.

The above are four commonly used detection methods when detecting mycoplasma contamination in cell factories. At present, there are more than 20 kinds of mycoplasma known to contaminate cells, of which more than 95% are oral mycoplasma, so operators should pay attention to aseptic operation when culturing cells.

The FAI climbed 5.9 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of 2018, quickening from the 5.7-percent growth in Jan-Oct, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Friday in an online statement.

The key indicator of investment, dubbed a major growth driver, hit the bottom in August and has since started to rebound steadily.

In the face of emerging economic challenges home and abroad, China has stepped up efforts to stabilize investment, in particular rolling out measures to motivate private investors and channel funds into infrastructure.

Friday's data showed private investment, accounting for more than 60 percent of the total FAI, expanded by a brisk 8.7 percent.

NBS spokesperson Mao Shengyong said funds into weak economic links registered rapid increases as investment in environmental protection and agriculture jumped 42 percent and 12.5 percent respectively, much faster than the average.

In breakdown, investment in high-tech and equipment manufacturing remained vigorous with 16.1-percent and 11.6-percent increases respectively in the first 11 months. Infrastructure investment gained 3.7 percent, staying flat. Investment in property development rose 9.7 percent, also unchanged.