Genotype MTBDRsl Version 1 (V1.0) was recommended as an initial test for rapid detection of pre-extensively drug resistant (pre-XDR) and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). However, in recent years a number of novel mutations are identified that confer resistance. Thus, Genotype MTBDRsl V2.0 was endorsed by WHO. Though, Genotype MTBDRsl V2.0 has been rolled out in national TB programme in 2018, there is dearth of data from India on its performance for second line drug susceptibility testing (DST). For this, performance of new version was evaluated on 113 MDR-TB isolates. The results showed that 39 (34.5%) of these isolates were resistant to FQ and 7 (6.2%) were XDR by Genotype MTBDRsl V2.0. Amongst the FQ resistant isolates most prevalent mutation was ΔWT3-D94G (17; 38.6%) and N538D (12; 85.7%). Among the AG/CP and KAN resistant isolates most common mutation in the rrs region was ΔWT1-A1401G (5; 71.4%) and C-14T (2; 28.5%) in eis gene. Second line Bactec MGIT-960 detected 40 (35.4%) isolates as resistant to FQ and 6 (5.3%) as XDR isolates, whereas Genotype MTBDRsl V1.0 also detected 39 (34.5%) as resistant to FQ but missed 2 isolates in correctly identifying as XDR (5; 4.4%). Thus, concordance of second line Bactec MGIT-960 with Genotype MTBDRsl V2.0 was similar (100%) for FQ detection but it has improvised the diagnostic sensitivity for correctly identifying XDR isolates. Nevertheless, the cost of Genotype MTBDRsl V2.0 remains an issue for screening of second line drug (SLDs) resistance from countries with high burden of MDR-TB.


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Citation: Rufai SB, Umay K, Singh PK, Singh S (2020) Performance of Genotype MTBDRsl V2.0 over the Genotype MTBDRsl V1 for detection of second line drug resistance: An Indian perspective. PLoS ONE 15(3): e0229419.