Rapid identification of non-tuberculous mycobacteria with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.

Published on Mar 1, 2021
Ester Oliva1
Estimated H-index: 1
Marco Arosio3
Estimated H-index: 3
+ 6 AuthorsClaudio Farina8
Estimated H-index: 8
Rapid and accurate identification of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is important for a prompt start to antibiotic therapy. The aim of this study was to obtain accurate identification of NTM quickly by analyzing the performance of the MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS) system VITEK® MS in identifying various NTM species from solid medium and MGIT 960 liquid medium. The study was performed in two phases: preliminary and perspective. Overall, 41/42 species and 33/34 species were correctly identified from the MGIT medium in the preliminary and perspective phases, respectively. The VITEK® MS system includes in its database part of the mycobacteria from the Mycobacterium fortuitum complex but is unable to discriminate among the various species belonging to the complex. Although the VITEK® MS system does not have the protein spectrum of Mycobacterium chimaera, it is not able to distinguish between Mycobacterium chimaera and Mycobacterium intracellulare. Since the VITEK® MS includes the separate protein spectrum of both M. chelonae and M. abscessus, it can discriminate between the two microorganisms. Thanks to these studies we show that the VITEK® MS system is a reliable method for identification of NTMs directly from MGIT liquid medium, instead of the use of solid media.
Cited By0
This website uses cookies.
We use cookies to improve your online experience. By continuing to use our website we assume you agree to the placement of these cookies.
To learn more, you can find in our Privacy Policy.