Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Application of a real-time PCR assay for the detection of Ascaris suum DNA in the liver of experimentally infected chickens


This study aimed to evaluate the sampling method for the detection of Ascaris suum larval DNA in chicken livers using real-time PCR. Chickens were inoculated with A. suum eggs of a single dose (Group A) or repeatedly low doses (Group B). White spots (WSs) were continuously observed on liver from day 3 after the last infection in Group B and day 14 in Group A. In Group A, larval DNA was detected in WS lesions (78.6%) at a significantly higher rate than in the remaining tissue samples (31.3%). In conclusion, applying WS lesions to the assay improved the detection rate of A. suum DNA in chicken livers, especially in the case of a single infection.

Yen Thi Hoang Nguyen

FVM- Vietnam National University of Agriculture

Keywords: Ascaris suum; chicken liver; real-time PCR assay; white spot lesion.