Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology / 2009 / Article

Original Article | Open Access

Volume 23 |Article ID 695349 |

R Slinger, L Yan, F Chan, K Forward, G Cooper-Lesins, L Best, D Haldane, S Veldhuyzen van Zanten, "Pyrosequencing Assay to Rapidly Detect Clarithromycin Resistance Mutations in Canadian Helicobacter pylori Isolates", Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 23, Article ID 695349, 4 pages, 2009.

Pyrosequencing Assay to Rapidly Detect Clarithromycin Resistance Mutations in Canadian Helicobacter pylori Isolates

Received31 Jul 2008
Accepted02 Dec 2008


BACKGROUND: Mutations at positions 2142 or 2143 in the two-copy 23S ribosomal RNA gene of Helicobacter pylori are highly predictive of in vitro clarithromycin resistance and failure of clarithromycin-containing treatment regimens.OBJECTIVE: To design an assay to rapidly detect these mutations using rapid polymerase chain reaction and pyrosequencing, a novel method of ‘sequencing by synthesis’, and to test this assay with a collection of Canadian H pylori isolates.METHODS: Forty-two H pylori isolates (24 clarithromycin-resistant, 18 clarithromycin-susceptible) were studied. A target region in the 23S gene was rapidly amplified and sequenced by pyrosequencing.RESULTS: Mutations at one of the two positions studied were present in 20 of the 24 (83%) clarithromycin-resistant isolates; 13 had double-copy A2143G mutations, four had double-copy A2142G mutations and three had single-copy A2143G mutations. There were no mutations in 17 of the 18 (94%) susceptible isolates. A single-copy A2142G mutation was detected in one susceptible isolate.CONCLUSIONS: The pyrosequencing assay developed was able to detect and differentiate mutations at positions 2142 and 2143 in either one or both copies of the H pylori 23S ribosdomal RNA gene. Further study is needed to determine whether this pyrosequencing assay can be used to determine H pylori susceptibility to clarithromycin from clinical specimens such as stools or gastric biopsies.

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