A multi-center ring trial for the identification of anaerobic bacteria using MALDI-TOF MS

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Inter-laboratory reproducibility of Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) of anaerobic bacteria has not been shown before. Therefore, ten anonymized anaerobic strains were sent to seven participating laboratories, an initiative of the European Network for the Rapid Identification of Anaerobes (ENRIA). On arrival the strains were cultured and identified using MALDI-TOF MS. The spectra derived were compared with two different Biotyper MALDI-TOF MS databases, the db5627 and the db6903. The results obtained using the db5627 shows a reasonable variation between the different laboratories. However, when a more optimized database is used, the variation is less pronounced. In this study we show that an optimized database not only results in a higher number of strains which can be identified using MALDI-TOF MS, but also corrects for differences in performance between laboratories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017



  • Anaerobic bacteria
  • Multi-center ring trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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