Isothermal amplification methods are a promising trend in virus detection because of their superiority in rapidity and sensitivity. However, the generation of false positives and limited multiplexity are major bottlenecks that must be addressed. In this study, we developed a multiplex Argonaute (Ago)-based nucleic acid detection system (MULAN) that integrates rapid isothermal amplification with the multiplex inclusiveness of a single Ago for simultaneous detection of multiple targets such as SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses. Owing to its high specificity, MULAN can distinguish targets at a single-base resolution for mutant genotyping. Moreover, MULAN also supports portable and visible devices with a limit of detection of five copies per reaction. Validated by SARS-CoV-2 pseudoviruses and clinical samples of influenza viruses, MULAN showed 100% agreement with quantitative reverse-transcription PCR. These results demonstrated that MULAN has great potential to facilitate reliable, easy, and quick point-of-care diagnosis for promoting the control of infectious diseases.

Fuente: Biosensors and Bioelectronics
Available online 18 March 2022, 114169