Products: SherlockTM Mycobacterial ID System (MYCO-LCS)

Mycolic acid analysis by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) has been used for more than 20 years by mycobacteriology laboratories worldwide to aid in the rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis and other mycobacterial infections.

The turnaround time (TAT) is much faster and the cost per test (consumable cost) much lower than DNA and biochemical techniques. In addition, the Sherlock MYCO-LCS can separate Mycobacterium bovis BCG (Vaccine Strain) from the MTB Complex and can identify Mycobacteria in the presence of contaminant bacteria, which is not the case for MALDI-TOF systems.

The Sherlock Mycobacteria Identification System (MYCO-LCS) was launched in 2003 and represents a rapid, accurate and inexpensive solution for the identification
of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  The Sherlock MYCO-LCS also identifies over
60 other mycobacteria and related species that produce mycolic acids, such as Corynebacteria, Dietzia, Gordonia, Nocardia, Rhodococcus and Tsukamurella.  The Sherlock MYCO-LCS was created by microbiologists for microbiologists,
so no HPLC experience is necessary.

M. tuberculosis Chromatogram

What makes the Sherlock MYCO-LCS unique is that all mycobacteria and related species are analyzed using the same procedure, with no offline tests, gram stains or biochemical cards required.

Key Features of the Sherlock MYCO-LCS include:

  • Rapid ID in less than 2 hours from liquid or solid media
  • Separates M. bovis BCG from MTB
  • Separates MAI and M. scrofulaceum
  • Inexpensive per sample cost
  • Automated analysis and naming
  • Proven reliability and warranty

Contact MIDI for further information on the Sherlock MYCO-LCS.