Rapid identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in cultures by molecular and immunological methods

Mariana Quaresma de Souza, Caroline Busatto, Ana Julia Reis, Ana Bárbara Scholante Silva, Andrea von Groll, Pedro Eduardo Almeida da Silva, Ivy Bastos Ramis


Objective: The study aimed to evaluate molecular and immunological methods and to propose a workflow using them for tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis routine. Methods: A cross-sectional retrospective study was performed, including 121 liquid cultures from a TB laboratory located in the extreme south of Brazil. All cultures were positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) by in-house Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) using DNA extracted by the CTAB method (PCR-CTAB) for IS6110 detection. These cultures were subjected to faster tests than this one, the immunological MPT64 assay and the PCR using DNA extracted by thermal lysis method (PCR-TL), and these were evaluated for MTBC identification using PCR- CTAB as a reference method. Results:The sensitivity of MPT64 assay and PCR-TL to identify MTBC in positive cultures by PCR-CTAB were 73.6% (89/121) and 98.3% (119/121), respectively. We proposed a workflow based on the use of MPT64 assay in liquid cultures suggestive of MTBC, and in case of a negative result, we suggest the performance of PCR-TL. The PCR-CTAB is suggested only if faster tests are negative. Conclusions: Methods capable of confirming MTBC in cultures should continue to be standardized, tested, and optimized to meet the ideal requirements of simplicity, quickness, and effectiveness. The molecular and immunological methods evaluated have differences in the execution and detection of MTBC in cultures, but they are rapid tools for laboratory TB diagnosis.


Cetrimonium Bromide; Diagnostic Tests; Mycobacteria; MPT64 Protein; Polymerase Chain Reaction

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12662/2317-3076jhbs.v10i1.4507.p1-5.2022


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