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PMA Real-Time PCR Bacterial Viability Kit – Staphylococcus aureus (mecA)

This kit contains primers for amplification of the methicillin resistance gene mecA, with reagents for treating 80 bacterial cultures with PMA and performing 200 PCR reactions.

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Product Description

PMA-PCR kits are designed for selective detection of viable bacteria from a specific strain using PMA dye and real-time PCR.

  • This kit provides primers for specific amplification of the Staphylococcus aureus-specific mecA gene
  • Sufficient reagents for treating of 80 bacterial cultures with PMA
  • Sufficient reagents for performing 200 PCR reactions

The methicillin resistance gene, mecA, confers methicillin-resistance in Staphyloccoccus aureus and other bacterial species. The number of samples that can be treated with PMA using the kit may vary depending on sample type. See the product protocol and references for more information.

Kit contents


PMA is a high affinity photoreactive DNA binding dye developed by Biotium. The dye is weakly fluorescent by itself but becomes highly fluorescent upon binding to nucleic acids. It preferentially binds to dsDNA with high affinity. Upon photolysis, the photoreactive azido group on the dye is converted to a highly reactive nitrene radical, which readily reacts with any hydrocarbon moiety at the binding site to form a stable covalent nitrogen-carbon bond, thus resulting in permanent DNA modification. The dye is cell membrane-impermeable and thus can be used to selectively modify DNA from dead cells with compromised membrane integrity, while leaving DNA from viable cells intact. PMA inhibits PCR amplification of modified DNA templates by a combination of removal of modified DNA during purification and inhibition of template amplification by DNA polymerases. Consequently the dye is useful in the selective detection of viable pathogenic cells by quantitative real-time PCR.

Forget-Me-Not™ qPCR Master Mix

Forget-Me-Not™ qPCR Master Mix is a hot-start EvaGreen® dye-based master mix for use in real time PCR applications and DNA melt curve analysis. Forget-Me-Not™ master mix contains a low concentration of blue dye which allows you to see at a glance whether you forgot to add master mix to any of your tubes, so you can catch pipetting mistakes and avoid wasting time, reagents, and your precious DNA samples. It is formulated for qPCR using a fast cycling protocol, but also can be used for qPCR using regular cycling protocols. EvaGreen® dye is a unique DNA-binding dye with features ideal for both qPCR and melt curve analysis. EvaGreen® dye binds to dsDNA via a novel “release-on-demand” mechanism, which permits the use of a relatively high dye concentration in qPCR without PCR inhibition. Forget-Me-Not™ Master Mix contains Cheetah™ Taq, Biotium’s fast-activating chemically-modified hot-start Taq polymerase, which is particularly suitable for fast PCR cycling protocols.

Staphylococcus aureus is an anaerobic gram negative bacterium that can cause of a variety of infections in humans, and methicillin-resistant S. aureus is a rising cause of hospital-acquired infections. The mecA gene confers methicillin-resistance in S. aureus and other methicillin-resistant bacterial species. The mecA primers included in the kit have been used for detection of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (reference 2), and have been validated for qPCR using Biotium’s Forget-Me-Not™ Master Mix (see product protocol). Note that the mecA primers are not specific to S. aureus, because mecA is expressed by other methicillin-resistant bacteria. Biotium also offers the Staphylococcus aureus (nuc) PMA-PCR kit, which includes primers against the S. aureus-specific nuc gene, expressed by methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant S. aureus strains.

Also see our other PMA-PCR kits for detection of E. coli, E. coli strain 0157:H7, Salmonella enterica, Listeria monocytogenes, Legionella pneumophila, and Mycobacterium tuburculosis. Don’t see your favorite strain? Let us know at

Strain-Specific Bacterial Viability PCR Kits

Bacteria StrainGene nameKit with PMA (catalog #)Kit with PMAxx™ (catalog #)
Salmonella entericainvA3103331033-X
Mycobacterium tuberculosisgroEL231034N/A
Staphylococcus aureusnuc31035N/A
E. coli O157:H7Z32763103731037-X
E. coliuidA3105031050-X
Listeria monocytogeneshly3105131051-X
Legionella pneumophilamip31053N/A

Materials from Biotium are sold for research use only.


Find a list of PMA & PMAxx references and a validated strains list under Supporting Documents.


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