Volume 97, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



We evaluated Tuberculosis-Spoligo-Rifampicin-Isoniazid Typing (TB-SPRINT), a microbead-based method for spoligotyping and detection of rifampicin and isoniazid resistance in . For that, 67 complex strains were retrospectively selected. Membrane-based spoligotyping, restriction fragment length polymorphism, DNA sequencing/pyrosequencing of , , and promoter, TB-SPRINT, and SNP typing were performed. Concordance between spoligotyping methods was 99.6% (2,785/2,795 spoligotype data points). For most of the discordant cases, the same lineage was assigned with both methods. Concordance between phenotypic drug susceptibility testing and TB-SPRINT for detecting rifampicin and isoniazid resistance was 98.4% (63/64) and 93.8% (60/64), respectively. Concordance between DNA sequencing/pyrosequencing and TB-SPRINT for detecting mutations in , , and were 98.4% (60/61), 100% (64/64), and 96.9% (62/64), respectively. In conclusion, TB-SPRINT is a rapid and easy-to-perform assay for genotyping and detecting drug resistance in a single tube; therefore, it may be a useful tool to improve epidemiological surveillance.


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  • Received : 03 Oct 2016
  • Accepted : 06 Apr 2017
  • Published online : 10 Jul 2017

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