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J Antimicrob Chemother. 2010 Feb;65(2):224-7. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkp452. Epub 2009 Dec 22.

Genetic analysis of extensively drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Lisbon, Portugal.

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  • 1Centro de Patogénese Molecular, URIA, Universidade de Lisboa, 1649-003 Lisbon, Portugal.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB) threatens the global control of TB worldwide. Lisbon has a high XDR-TB rate [50% of the multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)], which is mainly associated with Lisboa family strains. Few studies have addressed the identification of mutations associated with resistance to second-line injectable drugs, and the relative frequency of such mutations varies geographically. The aim of this study was to characterize the genetic changes associated with the high number of XDR-TB cases in Lisbon.

METHODS:

In the present study we analysed 26 XDR-TB clinical isolates. The gyrA, tlyA and rrs genes were screened for mutations that could be responsible for resistance to fluoroquinolones and second-line injectable drugs. Moreover, the strains under analysis were also genotyped by MIRU-VNTR ('mycobacterial interspersed repetitive unit-variable number of tandem repeats').

RESULTS:

The mutational analysis identified the most frequent mutations in the resistance-associated genes: S91P in gyrA (42.3%); A1401G in rrs (30.8%); and Ins755GT in tlyA (42.3%). The occurrence of mutations in rrs was associated with the non-occurrence of mutations in tlyA. The genotypic analysis revealed that the strains were highly clonal, belonging to one of two MIRU-VNTR clusters, with the largest belonging to the Lisboa family. Association between mutations in gyrA and rrs or tlyA was verified.

CONCLUSIONS:

The association of specific mutations highlighted the strains' high clonality and indicates recent XDR-TB transmission. In addition, the identification of the most frequent resistance-associated mutations will be invaluable in applying XDR-TB molecular detection tests in the region in the near future.

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20028780
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