Document Type : Original Research


1 epartment of Fishery and Environment, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran

2 Department of Fishery and Environment, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran

3 Department of Pathology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Objectives: The presence of E.coli in fish intended for human consumption may constitute a potential danger, not only in causing disease, but also because of the possible transfer of antibiotic resistance from aquatic bacteria to those infecting humans. The objective of this study was to develop an improved PCR method based on species – specific 16 S rRNA gene primers (FES, RES) for detection of E. coli from agar plates and fish tissues.                         
Materials and Methods: In this study, For the rapid detection of E .coli from fish a set of primers (FES, RES), targeting 16S rRNA gene sequences of the specific microorganism was  designed, and fifty two rainbow trout were obtained from Karaj fish farm. Then  1mL of bacterial concentration of 106CFU/ml was injected into intraperitoneal cavity. Samples were collected from liver and kidney after 48h injection. The PCR reaction conditions were optimized to permit detection of organism from agar plates and fish tissue in a day.
Results: All tissue samples were positive for microbiological and PCR identification. DNA was successfully extracted by a boiled – extraction method or by phenol – chloroform – isoamyl alcohol. The BLAST analysis from sequencing of 4 amplicons randomly selected showed similar results, with the match being E .coli with a 100% similarity (not shown here).
Conclusion: It is concluded that this method is fast, specific and sensitive to detect E.coli in infected and asymptomatic animals, fish product, and may have a positive impact on public and environmental health.


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