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Analytical Biochemistry
Volume 635, 2021, 114445

Nucleic acid extraction without electrical equipment via magnetic nanoparticles in Pasteur pipettes for pathogen detection

Jia Kanga,1, Yang Lia,1, Yan Zhaoa, Yanling Wanga, Cuiping Mab, Chao Shia

Qingdao Nucleic Acid Rapid Testing International Science and Technology Cooperation Base, College of Life Sciences, Department of Pathogenic Biology, School of Basic Medicine, And Department of Clinical Laboratory, The Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University, Qingdao University, Qingdao, 266071, PR China.


The outbreak of COVID-19 makes epidemic prevention and control become a growing global concern. Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) can realize early and rapid detection of targets, thus it is considered as an ideal approach for detecting pathogens of severe acute infectious diseases. Rapid acquisition of high-quality target nucleic acid is the prerequisite to ensure the efficiency and accuracy of NAAT. Herein, we proposed a simple system in which magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) based nucleic acid extraction was carried out in a plastic Pasteur pipette. Different from traditional approaches, this proposed system could be finished in 15 min without the supports of any electrical instruments. Furthermore, this system was superior to traditional MNPs based extraction methods in the aspects of rapid extraction and enhancing the sensitivity of a NAAT method, accelerated denaturation bubbles mediated strand exchange amplification (ASEA), to the pathogens from various artificial samples. Finally, this Pasteur pipette system was utilized for pathogen detection in actual samples of throat swabs, cervical swabs and gastric mucosa, the diagnosis results of which were identical with that provided by hospital. This rapid, easy-performing and efficiency extraction method ensures the applications of the NAAT in pathogen detection in regions with restricted resources.

Keywords: Nucleic acid extraction, Pasteur pipette, Magnetic nanoparticles, Pathogen detection.

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