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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 108, No. 6, 2013, pp. 718-723
Bioline Code: oc13120
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 108, No. 6, 2013, pp. 718-723

 en Characterisation of pks15/1 in clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis check for this species in other resources from Mexico
Zenteno-Cuevas, Roberto; Silva-Hernández, Francisco X.; Mendoza-Damián, Fabiola; Ramírez-Hernández, Maria Dolores; Vázquez-Medina, Karen; Widrobo-García, Lorena; Cuellar-Sanchez, Aremy; Muñíz-Salazar, Raquel; Enciso-Moreno, Leonor; Pérez-Navarro, Lucia Monserrat & Enciso-Moreno, José Antonio


Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectocontagious respiratory disease caused by members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis check for this species in other resources complex. A 7 base pair (bp) deletion in the locus polyketide synthase (pks)15/1 is described as polymorphic among members of the M. tuberculosis complex, enabling the identification of Euro-American, Indo-Oceanic and Asian lineages. The aim of this study was to characterise this locus in TB isolates from Mexico. One hundred twenty clinical isolates were recovered from the states of Veracruz and Estado de Mexico. We determined the nucleotide sequence of a ± 400 bp fragment of the locus pks15/1, while genotypic characterisation was performed by spoligotyping. One hundred and fifty isolates contained the 7 bp deletion, while five had the wild type locus. Lineages X (22%), LAM (18%) and T (17%) were the most frequent; only three (2%) of the isolates were identified as Beijing and two (1%) EAI-Manila. The wild type pks15/1 locus was observed in all Asian lineage isolates tested. Our results confirm the utility of locus pks15/1 as a molecular marker for identifying Asian lineages of the M. tuberculosis complex. This marker could be of great value in the epidemiological surveillance of TB, especially in countries like Mexico, where the prevalence of such lineages is unknown.

tuberculosis; W-Beijing; pks15/1; Mexico

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