J. B. Mahony,1,2,* S. Chong,1 B. K. Coombes,1 M. Smieja,1 and A. Petrich1,2
Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program, St. Joseph's Hospital,1 and Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University,2 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Received 18 January 2000/Returned for modification 31 March 2000/Accepted 4 May 2000
Chlamydia pneumoniae has been associated with atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (CAD), and its DNA has been detected in atheromatous lesions of the aorta, carotid, and coronary arteries by a variety of PCR assays. The objective of this study was to compare the performances of five published PCR assays in the detection of C. pneumoniae in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with coronary artery disease.