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Moxifloxacin resistance in the F15/LAM4/KZN extensively drug-resistant strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Authors Dookie N, Sturm AW, Moodley P

Received 3 April 2014

Accepted for publication 16 May 2014

Published 19 August 2014 Volume 2014:7 Pages 223—228


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Navisha Dookie, A Willem Sturm, Prashini Moodley

Department of Infection Prevention and Control, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Science, College of Health Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Objectives: Moxifloxacin (MXF) has been advocated for the treatment of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis despite resistance to older-generation fluoroquinolones. We investigated the relationship between the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of MXF and mutations in the gyrA and gyrB genes in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) isolates from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Province of South Africa.
Materials and methods: MICs of 56 MTB isolates were compared to the mutations in the quinolone resistance-determining region known to confer fluoroquinolone resistance. Isolates were genotyped by IS6110 restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis.
Results: The circulating F15/LAM4/KZN XDR strain circulating in KZN Province harbored the A90V mutation and displayed high-level resistance with MICs of 8 mg/L for ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin and ≥1 mg/L for MXF.
Conclusion: The inclusion of MXF in XDR-TB treatment regimens requires careful consideration in our setting, where clinical outcome data in MXF-containing regimens are unavailable.

Keywords: fluoroquinolones, susceptibility testing, strain typing, drug-resistance

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