Proteinase inhibition of the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in milk using the polymerase chain reaction


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The direct detection, using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), of Listeria monocytogenes added to cows' milk was inhibited at some milk concentrations. This inhibitor was moderately heat-stable. Inhibition could be prevented by the addition of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) or proteinase inhibitors to the PCR and the evidence suggests that the inhibitor was plasmin.