A Rapid and Sensitive Nucleic Acid Amplification Technique for Mycoplasma Screening of Cell Therapy Products

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2020

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Dreolini, Lisa
Cullen, Mark
Yung, Eric
Laird, Lawrence
Webb, John R.
Nelson, Brad H.
Hay, Kevin A.
Balasundaram, Miruna
Kekre, Natasha
Holt, Robert A.

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Molecular Therapy: Methods & Clinical Development

Abstract

Mycoplasma species (spp.) bacteria can infect cell cultures, posing a potential threat to recipients of cell therapy products. Conventional Mycoplasma testing methods are highly sensitive but typically require a minimum of 28 days to produce results. This delay is problematic if rapid results are needed to inform treatment decisions. Nucleic acid amplification technique (NAT) methods have been gaining favor for Mycoplasma testing due to their speed and specificity; however, they must first be qualified as meeting or exceeding the sensitivity of the compendial method. We present herein a NAT method for the detection of Mycoplasma that circumvents the need for live Mycoplasma spp. in the test procedure by instead being qualified using Mycoplasma spp. genomic DNA. We have demonstrated a lower limit of detection that exceeds the regulatory requirements set by Health Canada. This assay is now being used to screen clinical cell therapy products manufactured at our center.

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Dreolini, L., Cullen, M., Yung, E., Laird, L., Webb, J.R., Nelson, B.H., …Holt, R.A. (2020). A Rapid and Sensitive Nucleic Acid Amplification Technique for Mycoplasma Screening of Cell Therapy Products. Molecular Therapy: Methods & Clinical Development, 17, 393-399. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omtm.2020.01.009