Resistance to pyrazinamide in Russian Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates: PncA sequencing versus Bactec MGIT 960

Dmitry A. Maslov, Marina V. Zaîchikova, Larisa N. Chernousova, Kirill V. Shur, Olga B. Bekker, Tatiana G. Smirnova, Elena E. Larionova, Sofya N. Andreevskaya, Ying Zhang, Valery N. Danilenko

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Summary Resistance to pyrazinamide (PZA) may impact clinical outcome of anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy. PZA susceptibility testing using MGIT 960 is not reliable and little information is available on the prevalence of PZA resistance in Russia. A collection of 64 clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, including 35 multidrug resistant and extensively drug-resistant (MDR/XDR), was analyzed for PZA resistance using MGIT 960, Wayne test, and sequencing of PZA resistance genes pncA, rpsA and panD. In addition, we analyzed 519 MDR-TB strains for susceptibility to PZA by MGIT 960. Sequencing of pncA revealed 17 of 25 (68%) MDR strains and all 10 XDR strains harboring pncA mutations. A correlation of φ = 0.81 between MGIT 960 and pncA sequencing was observed. Mutations in rpsA and panD not associated with PZA resistance as defined by MGIT 960 were identified. We found 1 PZA-resistant strain without mutations in known PZA resistance genes. Almost 73% of MDR-TB strains isolated in Moscow, Russia, were PZA-resistant by MGIT 960 testing of 519 MDR-TB clinical isolates. Further studies are needed to determine the role of rpsA and panD mutations in possible low-level PZA resistance and to identify the molecular basis of new PZA resistance in the isolate without known PZA resistance mutations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)608-612
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Drug susceptibility testing
  • MGIT960
  • Pyrazinamide
  • Resistance
  • Tuberculosis
  • pncA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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