November 29, 2019 – Our article entitled “Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA) for the Rapid Isothermal Detection of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea and Potato Mop-Top Virus” was published in American Journal of Potato Research

How to cite:
DeShields JB, Moroz N, Braley LE, Mora-Romero GA, Tanaka K (2019) Recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) for the rapid isothermal detection of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea and potato mop-top virus. American Journal of Potato Research 96: 617-624 doi:10.1007/s12230-019-09750-7

The amplification of specific nucleic acid sequences with high specificity and sensitivity is an essential technique for pathogen detection. Recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) is a rapid isothermal amplification method. Here, we demonstrate the end-point and real-time detection of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea (Sss) using RPA and potato mop-top virus (PMTV) using reverse transcription (RT)-RPA. Oligonucleotide primers were designed for amplification that target the internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1) region and the coat protein readthrough (CP-RT) domain for the detection of Sss and PMTV, respectively. Our data showed that real-time RPA can detect 100 of Sss sporosori per gram of soil, while real-time RT-RPA could detect in ~1 ng total RNA of the PMTV-infected tuber. For Sss detection, the R2 value for real-time RPA and real-time PCR was 98.0% by linear regression analysis in the concentration range of 100–34,000 sporosori per gram of soil. The developed RPA assay here may provide a useful alternative tool for the rapid, simple and reliable detection of Sss and PMTV in diagnostic laboratories and in-field testing.