iSCAN: An RT-LAMP-coupled CRISPR-Cas12 module for rapid, sensitive detection of SARS-CoV-2.

Zahir Ali, Rashid Aman, Ahmed Mahas, Gundra Sivakrishna Rao, Muhammad Tehseen, Tin Marsic, Rahul Salunke, Amit K Subudhi, Sharif M Hala, Samir Hamdan, Arnab Pain, Fadwa S Alofi, Afrah Alsomali, Anwar M Hashem, Asim Khogeer, Naif A M Almontashiri, Malak Abedalthagafi, Norhan Hassan, Magdy M. Mahfouz

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The COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 affects all aspects of human life. Detection platforms that are efficient, rapid, accurate, specific, sensitive, and user friendly are urgently needed to manage and control the spread of SARS-CoV-2. RT-qPCR based methods are the gold standard for SARS-CoV-2 detection. However, these methods require trained personnel, sophisticated infrastructure, and a long turnaround time, thereby limiting their usefulness. Reverse transcription-loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), a one-step nucleic acid amplification method conducted at a single temperature, has been used for colorimetric virus detection. CRISPR-Cas12 and CRISPR-Cas13 systems, which possess collateral activity against ssDNA and RNA, respectively, have also been harnessed for virus detection. Here, we built an efficient, rapid, specific, sensitive, user-friendly SARS-CoV-2 detection module that combines the robust virus amplification of RT-LAMP with the specific detection ability of SARS-CoV-2 by CRISPR-Cas12. Furthermore, we combined the RT-LAMP-CRISPR-Cas12 module with lateral flow cells to enable highly efficient point-of-care SARS-CoV-2 detection. Our iSCAN SARS-CoV-2 detection module, which exhibits the critical features of a robust molecular diagnostic device, should facilitate the effective management and control of COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198129
JournalVirus research
StatePublished - Aug 22 2020


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