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https://www.eduzhai.net Clinical Medicine and Diagnostics 2016, 6(1): 13-19 DOI: 10.5923/j.cmd.20160601.03 Evaluation of Sensititre® MYCOTB Panel for the Susceptibility Testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to First and Second Lines Anti-Tuberculosis Drugs Safaa M. Abdel-Rahman1, Dina Erfan1, Walaa Abdel-Latif1, Hoda Kholeif2,* 1Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt 2Department of Clinical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine (for girls), Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt Abstract Background: With the global rise in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) resistance, there is a need for a simple, rapid, quantitative susceptibility method for testing Mtb strains. The reference method for testing Mtb susceptibility is Agar Proportion (APM), which is a one or two-concentration breakpoint test. The Sensititre MYCOTB MIC plate (MYCOTB) is a micro titer plate containing lyophilized antibiotics and configured for determination of MICs to first and second line anti-tuberculosis drugs. The objective of this study was to compare the Sensititre MYCOTB plate (MYCOTB TREK Diagnostic Systems) for susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) to the modified agar proportion method (APM). Materials and methods: Forty clinical isolates from sputum specimen of tuberculosis patients were selected (multidrug resistant and extensively drug resistant strains) and obtained from Myco bacteriology Central labEgyptian ministry of health. These strains were subcultured on Lowenstein-Jensen media. Antibiotic susceptibility was carried to first and second line anti tuberculosis drugs (isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol, ethionamide, cycloserine, kanamycin, streptomycin, amikacin, ofloxacin, rifabutin, moxifloxacin and para-aminosalicylic acid) by agar dilution method as a reference method and the Sensititre MYCOTB minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) plate (MYCOTB). Result of Sensititer plate was expressed as sensitivity, specificity and categorical agreement. Results: No statistical significant difference was found between the results of Sensititre plate and APM regarding any of first or second line anti-tuberculosis drugs except with cycloserine P-value = 0.0003. The highest sensitivity of Sensititer plate was to isoniazid 0.2μg/ml, 1μg/ml and ofloxacin 100%. While the least sensitivity for detection of resistance was to moxifloxacin 40%. The highest specificity was to kanamycin, ofloxacin and amikacin 96%, 95.65% and 92.86% respectively. The lowest specificity was to isoniazid 1μg/ml 14.29% and cyclosiren 36.67%. Categorical agreement was highest for isoniazid 0.2μg/ml and ofloxacin (97.5%). The lowest categorical agreement was for cycloserine (45%). Optimum growth for Sensititer MYCOTB plate readings was between 10 and 14 days, whereas the APM read times were days 14 and 21. In conclusions: The Sensititer MYCOTB plate does not need instrumentation for interpreting the results and yielded results in shorter time than APM with advantage of including second line anti-tuberculosis drugs in the same plate. Concordance was high between APM and the MYCOTB plate except for cycloserin and ethambutol in concentration 10μg/ml. Sequencing is needed to identify the cause of discrepant results for these two antibiotics. Keywords MDR-TB, XDR-TB, Sensititre MYCOTB MIC plate (MYCOTB), APM 1. Introduction TB now ranks alongside HIV as a leading cause of death worldwide. HIV’s death toll in 2014 was estimated at 1.2 million, which included the 0.4 million TB deaths among HIV positive . Anti-tuberculosis (TB) drug resistance is a major public health problem that threatens progress made in TB care and * Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org(Hodakholeif) Published online at https://www.eduzhai.net Copyright © 2016 Scientific & Academic Publishing. All Rights Reserved control worldwide . In developing countries, Multidrug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains can represent up to 40% of all new cases . Multidrug resistant (MDR) strains are resistant to isoniazid and rifampin. Extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains are resistant to isoniazid, rifampin, to at least one quinolone, and at least one of the second-line injectable drugs (kanamycin, amikacin, or capreomycin). Lately pan resistant strains, resistant to all first and second line drugs with a proven activity against M.tuberculosis have been reported . With the global rise in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) resistance rates, a more rapid and accurate susceptibility test 14 Safaa M. Abdel-Rahman et al.: Evaluation of Sensititre® MYCOTB Panel for the Susceptibility Testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to First and Second Lines Anti-Tuberculosis Drugs is of primary importance to identify the resistant strains and initiate proper treatment in a timely manner[5, 6]. Antimicrobial testing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis can be challenging to perform routinely in the clinical laboratory. The gold standard method for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex susceptibility testing is the 1% indirect agar proportion method (APM). However, APM requires 2 to 3 weeks for results . The agar proportion method, while considered the "gold" standard of antibiotic susceptibility testing, is labor intensive and requires calculation of resistance by performing colony counts on drug-containing agar as compared to drug-free agar . The Trek Sensititre MYCOTB MIC plate (MYCOTB; Trek Diagnostic Systems, Cleveland, OH) is a dry microdilution plate. The plate uses a 96-well microtiter broth format containing lyophilized antibiotics, with concentrations prepared and quality controlled by the manufacturer. The MYCOTB plate is configured for determination of the minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of first- and second-line anti-TB drugs . In contrast to other M.tuberculosis complex susceptibility methods, which test one or two critical concentrations of a drug, the MYCOTB plate examines a range of drug concentrations and produces a MIC result . The objective of this study was to compare the Sensititre MTYCO TB MIC panel to the APM as regards accuracy, time to results and ease of use for both first and second line drugs. 2. Material and Methods This study was conducted in Mycobacteriology Laboratory-Ministry of Health, Central Labs in the period from January till July 2013. Forty clinical isolates including MDR and XDR strains were selected from archived isolates. These clinical isolates were from sputum specimens of tuberculosis patients. All isolates were subcultured on Lowenstein–Jensen media before testing was initiated. The first and second line drug susceptibilities were tested by both the Sensititre MYCOTB plate (TREK Diagnostics, Cleveland, OH) MIC commercial kit and the agar proportion method on LJ medium. The results of both methods were compared in terms of 12 anti-tuberculosis drugs (isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol, ethionamide, cycloserine, kanamycin, streptomycin, amikacin, ofloxacin, rifabutin, moxifloxacin and para-aminosalicylic acid). 2.1. The Sensititre MYCOTB Method The whole procedure was performed according to the instructions of the manufacture (TREK Diagnostics, Cleveland, Ohio) (Figure 1). The Sensititre plate is a dry microdilution plate containing lyophilized antibiotics with different concentrations prepared and quality controlled by the manufacturer. Figure 1. Schematic of the Sensititre MYCOTB MIC plate showing antibiotics and concentrations in micrograms/milliliter. Abbreviations: OFL, ofloxacin; MXF, moxifloxacin; RIF, rifampin; AMI, amikacin; STR, streptomycin; RFB, rifabutin; PAS, para-aminosalicylic acid; ETH, ethionamide; CYC, cycloserine; INH, isoniazid; KAN, kanamycin; EMB, ethambutol; POS, antibiotic-free positive-control wells Clinical Medicine and Diagnostics 2016, 6(1): 13-19 15 Preparation of the inoculum: Work was conducted in class IIA biological safety cabinet (BSC). Colonies were scraped from Lowenstein–Jensen medium using a sterile loop into appropriately labeled saline tween glass bead tube (TREK, diagnostics) until 0.5 McFarland Standard is obtained. The sample was then vortexed for 30-60 seconds. The inoculum was allowed to settle for 15 minutes. Inoculation of the microtiter plate: 100μL of the inoculum was removed from the top 1/3rd of the saline bead tween tube and inoculated into Middlebrook 7H9 broth, and then slowly was vortexed for 20 seconds. The 7H9 broth inoculum was carefully poured into a trough (TREK Diagnostics, Cleveland, OH). The AST microtiter plate was placed with the label facing up. 12-channel pipette was used to add 100μL of the inoculum to each of the 96 wells including the two positive control wells. Inoculum purity was checked by streaking out 50μl from the Middlebrook 7H9 tube onto 5% sheep blood agar and 7H10 agar plates, which were then incubated and checked for contamination. The 7H10 agar growth must be confluent one type of colonies. Checking colony count: Two dilutions were prepared, the 1/1 dilution was prepared from the positive control well by streaking 10μl loop on the 7H10 platelabeled (1/1). The 1/50 dilution was prepared by inoculating 10μl loop from the other positive control well (H12) and swirling it into sterile tube containing 500μl of sterile water. Streak 10μl of this dilution to the plate labeled (1/50). The numbers of CFU were determined for each isolate tested to verify that the inoculum was within a specific targeted amount (105 CFU/ml). An Adhesive seal provided with the test kit was placed on the antibiotic susceptibility test (AST) Microtiter plate. The Microtiter plate was disinfected by wiping it with a paper towel soaked with sodium hypochlorite and then placed in a plastic bag and closed with a tape. Incubation: Plates were incubated with media down. The AST microtiter plate, 7H10 plate, and blood agar plates were Incubated in a 35-37°C incubator with 5-10% CO2 in the biosafety level 3 (BSLIII) laboratory. No more than 2 microtiter AST plates were stacked in the incubator according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Interpretation of results: Sealed AST microtiter plates were read manually using a Sensititre viewer. MYCOTB plate was read and interpreted by two independent readers. The plates were examined as soon as 7 days after inoculation then at days 10, 14 and 21. The growth control wells were examined in positions H11 and H12 to determine if they were positive (i.e., show turbidity or have a deposit of cells at the bottom of the well). If the growth control wells were not positive at day 7, the plate was re-incubated and re-examined on day 10, day 14, 21 until the growth control wells are positive. When the growth controls were acceptable, the drug-containing wells were read. For each drug, the first dilution that has no growth was recorded by comparing the drug wells with the growth control. MIC is the lowest concentration of antibiotics with no visible growth. Purity plates were read, the blood agar plate should show no growth after 48 hours and the 7H10 purity plate should have confluent growth of one organism type. If contaminated, the AST microtiter test was repeated from a pure culture. The MYCOTB plate result was considered susceptible when the MIC breakpoint listed was equivalent to or lower than the APM critical concentration and resistant when the MIC breakpoint was higher than the APM critical concentration. 2.2. Gold Standard the Indirect Agar Proportion Method (APM) The APM was performed on LJ medium according to Canetti et al., 1969  and Visalakshi et al., 2010 . In brief, with a spatula, colonies were taken from the primary culture and placed in a spherical, flat-bottomed flask containing 30 glass beads 3 mm in diameter. The flask was shaken for 20-30 seconds; 5 ml of distilled water were added slowly under continuous shaking. The opacity of the bacterial suspension was then adjusted by the addition of distilled water to 1 McFarland standard. The inoculum for each slope is 0.1 ml. The two bacterial dilutions required for inoculation using automated pipettes were 10-3 mg/ml and 10-5 mg/ml. The dilutions were prepared by 10-fold dilution steps (0.5 ml of the bacterial suspension 1 mg/ml, discharged into 4.5 ml of distilled water, produces the dilution 10-1mg/ml; 0.5 ml of the bacterial suspension 10-1 mg/ml, discharged into 4.5 ml of distilled water, produced the dilution 10-2 mg/ml, etc., down to 10-5 mg/ml). Two slopes of medium without drug and 2 slopes of medium with drug were inoculated with 0.1 ml of the 2 chosen dilutions. The results were read for the first time on the 21st day. Interpretation was done according to Varma et al, 2002 . The average number of colonies obtained for the 2 control slopes indicates the number of cultivable particles contained in the inoculum. The average number of colonies obtained for the drug-containing slopes indicates the number of resistant bacilli contained in the inoculum. The ratio between the second figure and the first indicates the proportion of resistant bacilli existing in the strain. Below a certain proportion (the critical proportion) the strain is classified as sensitive; and above, as resistant. Where growth of more than 1% of the inoculum on antibioticcontaining medium compared to inoculum on antibioticfree control was taken to indicate resistance. Statistical analysis: Sensitivity, specificity of MYCOTB plate and categorical agreement with APM were calculated as follows Sensitivity = (number of APM-resistant isolates identiﬁed as resistant by MYCOTB)/ [(number of APM-resistant isolates identiﬁed as resistant by MYCOTB)/ (number of APM-resistant isolates identiﬁed as susceptible by MYCOTB)]. Speciﬁcity = (number of APM-susceptible isolates identiﬁed as susceptible by MYCOTB)/ [(number of 16 Safaa M. Abdel-Rahman et al.: Evaluation of Sensititre® MYCOTB Panel for the Susceptibility Testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to First and Second Lines Anti-Tuberculosis Drugs APM-susceptible isolates identiﬁed as susceptible by MYCOTB) + (number of APM-susceptible isolates identiﬁed as resistant by MYCOTB)]. Categorical agreement between MYCOTB and APM: There was considered to be categorical agreement if both MYCOTB and APM characterized the isolate as susceptible or if both MYCOTB and APM characterized the isolate as resistant. Table 1. Comparison between susceptibility testing results of both APM & MIC INH RIF EMB STR KAN MXF OFL AMI PAS CYC ETH RFB APM S N % R N % 2 5% 38 95% 5 12.5% 35 87.5% 15 37.5% 25 62.5% 16 40% 24 60% 25 62.5% 15 37.5% 30 75% 10 25% 23 57.5% 17 42.5% 28 70% 12 30% 34 85% 6 15% 30 75% 10 25% 18 45% 22 55% 23 57.5% 17 42.5% S N % 1 2.5% 5 12.5% 14 35% 17 42.5% 26 65% 31 77.5% 22 55% 27 66.5% 36 90% 14 35% 17 42.5 19 47.5% MIC R N % 39 97.5% 35 87.5% 26 65% 23 57.5% 14 35% 9 22.5% 18 45% 13 32.5% 4 10% 26 65% 23 57.5% 21 52.5% X2 P 0.34 0.5 0 1 0.05 0.8 0.05 0.8 0.05 0.8 0.06 0.7 0.05 0.8 0.05 0.8 0.34 0.5 12.9 0.0003** 0.06 0.8 0.8 0.3 P-value 0.0003 highly significant. Abbreviations: S sensitive, R resistant, INH isoniazid, RIF rifampin, EMB ethambutol, STR streptomycin, KAN kanamycin, MXF moxifloxacin, OFL ofloxacin, AMI amikacin, PAS para-aminosalicylic acid, CYC cycloserine, ETH ethionamide, RFB rifabutin INH 0.2μg/ml INH 1μg/ml RIF EMB 5μg/ml EMB 10μg/ml STR 2μg/ml STR 10μg/ml KAN MXF OFL AMI PAS CYC ETH RFB Table 2. Evaluation of MIC method in comparison to APM (gold standard) A MIC P M S R S 1 1 R 0 38 S 1 6 R 0 33 S 4 1 R 1 34 S 9 6 R 5 20 S 11 16 R 3 10 S 13 3 R 4 20 S 14 6 R 3 17 S 24 1 R 2 13 S 25 5 R 6 4 S 22 1 R 0 17 S 26 2 R 1 11 S 30 4 R 2 4 S 11 19 R 3 7 S 13 5 R 4 18 S 17 6 R 2 15 Sensitivity 100% 100% 97.14% 80% 76.92% 83.33% 85% 86.67% 40% 100% 91.67% 66.67% 70% 81.82% 88.24% Specificity 50% 14.29% 80% 60% 40.74% 81.25% 70% 96% 83.33% 95.65% 92.86% 88.24% 36.67% 72.22% 73.91% Categorical agreement 97.5% 85% 95% 72.5% 52.5% 82.5% 77.5% 92.5% 72.5% 97.5% 92.5% 85% 45% 77.5% 80% Clinical Medicine and Diagnostics 2016, 6(1): 13-19 17 3. Results The current study compared between APM and MYCOTB (MIC) as regard the number of Resistant isolates for each of the first and second line antituberculous drugs. A statistical significant difference between the results of the two methods was detected only for cycloserine, ten strains (25%) were resistant by APM versus 26 strains (65%) were resistant by MYCOTM (MIC) with p value =0.0003 (table 1). MYCOTB plate sensitivity and specificity in comparison to the APM as a gold standard test for detection of TB sensitivity to the first and second classes of antibiotics are listed in table 2. The highest sensitivity was 100% to ofloxacin and INH in both concentrations 0.2μg/ml, 1μg/ml. While the least sensitivity for detection of resistance was to moxifloxacin 40%. The highest MYCOTB specificity results was for kanamycin 96% and the lowest specificity was for INH 1μg/ml 14.29%. Categorical agreement between the two methods was highest for INH 0.2μg/ml and for ofloxacin (97.5%). While the lowest categorical agreement between the two methods was for cycloserine 45%. There wasn’t any statistical significant difference in detecting either MDR or XDR between both methods. P-values were more than 0.05 (table 3). Table 3. MDR and XDR detection by both APM and MIC APM MIC N % N % X2 P MDR 35 (87.5%) 34 (85%) 0.01 0.7 XDR 8 (20%) 5 (12.5%) 0.8 0.3 The median time for interpretation of MYCOTB plates (MIC) was 10 days versus 21 days for APM showing a highly statistical significant difference (P value=0.0001). A total of 30 of 40 (75%) MYCOTB plates could be interpreted as early as day 7 of incubation, and 35/40 (87.5%) required 21 days of incubation to be interpreted by the APM (table 4). Table 4. Comparison between time expended between APM and MIC methods until results were obtained Range Mean ±SD Median APM 14-21 19.95±2.53 21 MIC 7-14 9.65±1.95 10 t 20.39 p 0.0001** 4. Discussion Knowledge of M.tuberculosis drug susceptibility is important in optimizing individual patient management and TB control in populations. The reference phenotypic method is the indirect agar proportion (APM), which is qualitative and based on drug critical concentration. Limitations of this method include lack of standardization and in some cases the need of laboratory preparation of drug stokes and agar plates, which can be a source of variability over time and between laboratories . Critical concentrations are based on historical epidemiological data and for some drugs are not well aligned with achievable drug serum concentrations or accurate in predicting clinical failure . There is an increased demand for reliable drug susceptibility testing (DST) . The current study assessed the performance and feasibility of the use of MYCOTB plate for drug susceptibility testing of 40 Mycobacterium Tuberculosis strains. No statistical significant difference was found between the results of Sensititre plate and APM regarding any of first or second line anti-tuberculosis drugs except with cycloserine P-value = 0.0003. The Sensititre plate detected higher number of resistant strains to cycloserine (26/40) than APM (10/40). The discrepancy of these results could be attributed to inactivation of the test drug during incubation of MIC plate . Or difficulty in visualization of colonies of APM even with the aid of special light and magnifying glass . Lee et al, 2014  detected discrepant results between APM and sensititer plate for moxiﬂoxacin as large numbers of isolates that were categorized resistant by MYCOTB and susceptible by APM. DNA sequencing resolved the discrepancy in favor of the MYCOTB plate. The sensitivity of MYCOTB plate to detect TB sensitivity to the first and second classes of anti-tuberculosis drugs was determined in comparison to the APM as a gold standard. The highest sensitivity was to isoniazid 0.2μg/ml, 1μg/ml and ofloxacin 100%. This was in agreement with Lee et al, 2014 . The least sensitivity of Sensititer in the current study was to moxifloxacin 40%. The sensitivity to ethambutol 5μg/ml and cyclosirine were 80% and 70% respectively. Variable sensitivities were detected among different investigators; Lee et al, 2014  found lower sensitivity to cycloserin (18.2%, versus 70% in the current study) and to ethambutol (31% versus 80% in concentration 5μg/ml and 76% in concentration 10μg/ml in the current study). On the other hand Hall et al, 2012  detected higher sensitivity to ethambutol 10μg/ml than the current study (100%). As regard specificity of MYCOTB plate to detect TB resistance to first and second anti-tuberculosis. The highest specificity was to kanamycin, ofloxacin and amikacin 96%, 95.65% and 92.86% respectively. Our results were near to the results of Lee et al, 2014  who found specificity to kanamycin, ofloxacin and amikacin was 98.8%, 91.8% and 100% respectively. The lowest specificity in the current study was to isoniazid 1μg/ml 14.29% and cyclosiren 36.67%. In contrast to our results Lee et al, 2014  found that the least specificity was to moxifloxacin 0.5μg/ml 79.5% and all other tested drugs have high specificity between 81.3% to 100%. 18 Safaa M. Abdel-Rahman et al.: Evaluation of Sensititre® MYCOTB Panel for the Susceptibility Testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to First and Second Lines Anti-Tuberculosis Drugs The categorical agreement between APM and Sensititer plate ranged from 45% to 97.5% in the current study. The highest agreement was detected for isonazid 0.2μg/ml and ofloxacin 97.5%. The least categorical agreement was with cycloserine 45%. Hall et al, 2012  detected higher categorical agreement (94%-100%) comparing the Sensititre MYCOTB plate versus APM for first and second line anti tuberculosis drugs. They tested higher number of strains (122 isolates). Categorical agreement between the MIC by Sensititre Myco TB plate quantitative method and the qualitative APM was above 92% in 5 out of the 12 tested drugs (kanamycin, ofloxacin, amikacin, rifampin and isoniazid 0.2μg/ml). The categorical agreement between APM and Sensititer plate ranged between 52% and 82.5% for ethambutol, ethionamide and streptomycin. Abuali et al, 2011  found that, the majority of Sensititre errors occurred with three drugs, ethambutol, ethionamide and streptomycin. Improving the sensitivity and specificity of susceptibility testing by enhancing the MYCOTB panel specifically for these drugs will need to be further explored. Abuali et al, 2011  noted that historically streptomycin and ethambutol testing with the APM has yielded the most variable and inconsistent results. These errors might be encountered when comparing the MYCOTB panel value results with the APM resistant patterns of these drugs due to problem already existing of the APM and not actual errors. Ethambutol phenotypic DST is well known to be challenging with low interlaboratory agreement [19, 20]. The current study didn’t detect any statistical significant difference between APM and Sensititer plate in detection of MDR-TB and XDR-TB. Salee et al, 2014  noted that, by combining Sensititre MYCOTB test with the microscopic observation drug susceptibility (MODS) assay for detection of MDR and XDR-TB it was possible to identify MDR-TB as little as 3 days and XDR-TB within five days. We found that APM provides reliable results after incubation for 21 days, and before that time the growth was poor. On the other hand the Sensititre MYCOTB plate quantitative method in this study displayed consistent results by day 10. This was in agreement with Abuali et al, 2011  who found that the procedure of the APM involves waiting 21 days for the susceptibility results of first line drugs, which are tested first prior to setting up second line drugs. 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