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Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2008 Jul;12(7):736-42.

Fluoroquinolone resistance detection in Mycobacterium tuberculosis with locked nucleic acid probe real-time PCR.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. rvandoorn@oucru.org

Abstract

SETTING:

Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

OBJECTIVE:

Fluoroquinolones (FQs) are increasingly used in the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and are the second-line drugs of choice for treatment of multidrug-resistant TB. We aimed to set up a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based assay to detect the most common FQ-resistance-associated mutations in gyrase A (gyrA) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

DESIGN:

A total of 42 FQ-resistant and 40 FQ-susceptible isolates were collected in 2005-2006 and sequenced in gyrA. Using sequencing results as gold standard, a real-time PCR using three locked nucleic acid probes (LNA-PCR) was designed to detect mutations at positions 90, 91 and 94 (97% of gyrA FQ-resistance-associated mutations) and evaluated.

RESULTS:

Sequencing of 42 FQ-resistant isolates revealed no gyrA mutations in 10 isolates, 20 isolates had a single mutation and 12 isolates showed double peaks at resistance-associated alleles, suggesting a heterogeneous population. With LNA-PCR, all wild-type and 19/20 mutant isolates were correctly identified. Eleven of 12 heterogeneous isolates were correctly identified as resistant mutants. Overall, 71% ([19 + 11]/42) of phenotypically FQ-resistant isolates were detected. Specificity was 100% on 40 FQ-susceptible isolates.

CONCLUSION:

This assay provides a simple and rapid means to reliably detect FQ-resistance-associated gyrA mutations in M. tuberculosis.

PMID:
18544197
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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