Analysis of chromosome deletions of TbDl, RD6 and pks15/1 in clinical strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

E. I. Likhoshvaǐ, N. E. Kurepina, D. Sinsimer, S. I. Belikov, B. N. Kreiswirth

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Deletions are very important sources of the variability among members of the mycobacterial tuberculosis complex (MTC). Deletion analysis of MTC clinical isolates was performed to clarify phylogenetic relationships and help to identify epidemiologically significant groups of the MTC. In this study, the variability of the TbDl, RD6 and pks15/1 chromosome loci in clinical MTC strains and comparison of those results with IS6110-RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism), sSNP (synonymous single nucleotide polymorphism), PGG (Principal Genetic Group) typing data were used to determine if these chromosome regions constitute good molecular markers for some of the epidemiologically important groups of the MTC. In the present study, 122, 61 and 294 clinical isolates were tested for the TbDl, RD6 and pks15/1 deletions, respectively. Specific probes were designed and used in RFLP analysis as well as sequencing techniques were applied. We found that all strains with intact TbDl region belonged to the sSNP cluster I, PGG 1 (katG463Leu and gyrA95Thr). The RD6 deletion was not determined to be a strict characteristic feature of any specific genetic group of the tested M.tb strains, but presence of this deletion is presumed for strains of high virulence, and associated with principal genetic groups 2 or 3. The genetic event that led to this deletion likely occurred in the strain that belongs to PGG 1. Identification of strains with an intact pksl5/1 gene cluster provided a potential marker for virulence. An intact pks15/1 gene cluster is required for the biosynthesis of the phenolic glycolipids (PGL-tb), production of which by clinical isolates was correlated with virulence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalMolekuliarnaia genetika, mikrobiologiia i virusologiia.
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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