Cat. no. K9187 Neisseria Test 26 tablets/bottle


Neisseria spp. produce enzymes which hydrolyze various chromogenic substrates. When these substrates are bound to another base, the hydrolysis will produce a color reaction, some apparent immediately and others by the addition of color developers. Neisseria test tablets, by combining three non-interferring substrates (gamma-glutamyl nitroanalide, bromo-chloro-indol-beta-D galactopyranoside, and proline-naphthylamide) allow organism confirmation from a single tube.

The reaction will be yellow or blue: Neisseria meningitidis produces the enzyme gamma-glutamylaminopeptidase which releases the nitroanilide base which will turn the test yellow. Neisseria lactamica contains the enzyme beta-galactosidase which will turn the test blue.

The last reaction shows hydrolysis of proline releasing free naphthylamide which turns red after adding PEP Reagent. Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the only positive for this test.


Each tablet consists of approximately 0.5mg each of the applicable substrates with inert fillers and tableting compounds. None of the ingredients are hazardous in this form. Uninoculated tubes may be discarded in normal trash. The developer contains hydrochloric acid, which will stain surfaces and hands, and is corrosive.


Store all materials in the refrigerator between uses. It is not necessary to bring tablets or reagent to room temperature before use.


Tablets are sold ready to use in test tubes, 26 tubes per bottle with PEP Reagent provided. Usage requires 24 hour growth on Chocolate, Thayer Martin or Martin Lewis media.


Swabs for harvesting colonies (cotton preferred)
Distilled water, neutral pH


1. Add 3 drops of distilled water to the tube containing the tablet.

2. Using a swab harvest 5-10 colonies from fresh 24 hour growth on a plate or slant, mixing thoroughly. It is not necessary for the tablet to dissolve. Leave the swab in the tube during incubation.

Note: A loop or stick may be used for harvesting, however the proline reaction must be incubated for 2 hours in that case.

3. Incubate at 37°C for 30 minutes. Tests may be held as long as 2 hours but not longer as false-positives may occur.


(Read and interpret in the exact sequence listed)

1. If the test is yellow the organism is Neisseria meningitidis . Results may be very light yellow or appear to be unchanged. In this case, Neisseria meningitidis may be confirmed by adding reagent at step 3.

2. If the test is blue, the organism is Neisseria lactamica .

3. If all of the above are negative, perform the aminopeptidase test by adding 1 drop of reagent to the swab and reincubating for 5 minutes. Positive orange/red results indicate the organism is Neisseria gonorrhoeae . If the tube was pale yellow before adding reagent (questionable gamma glutamyl) and turns blue or purple at this point, it indicates the organism is Neisseria meningitidis which had a positive gamma glutamyl reaction and a positive proline reaction.

N. meningitidis

Showing Neisseria meningitidis (ATCC® 13090) reaction in the Neisseria Test (Cat. no. K9187). Three drops of deionized water were added to the tube containing a tablet. Growth from a 24 hour culture was harvested with a loop and mixed with the reagents. The tube was incubated for two hours. The yellow color development was indicative as positive for N. meningitidis.

N. lactamica

Showing Neisseria lactamica (ATCC® 23970) reaction in the Neisseria Test (Cat. no. K9187). The test was conducted in the same manner as indicated in the photo caption to the left. The blue color development was indicative as positive for N. lactamica.

N. gonorrhoeae

Showing Neisseria gonorrhoeae (ATCC® 43069) reaction in the Neisseria Test (Cat. no. K9187). The test was conducted in the same manner as indicated in the photo caption above. At the end of the incubation period, no color reaction had occurred. One drop of developer reagent was added and the tube was reincubated for five minutes. The red color development was indicative as positive for N. gonorrhoeae.


Only gram-negative, oxidase-positive diplococci which are able to grow on Thayer Martin or Martin Lewis Agar should be tested since some saprophytic Neisseria may be positive for some of the tests. If not using a primary culture, assure that saprophytic Neisseria have not grown through on the selective media by transferring the organism to nutrient agar to screen for growth. Saprophytic Neisseria will grow on nutrient agar. In the event of medico-legal cases, use another identification method to confirm results in addition to this system. Other useful rapid tests are nitrate discs and butyrate discs. Moraxella catarrhalis is butyrate-positive while Neisseria spp. are negative. Many of the saprophytic strains of Neisseria are nitrate-positive while Neisseria gonorrhoeae is nitrate-negative.


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