Quality Assessment of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Genotyping in a Large Laboratory Network
Published Date:Nov 2002
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 8(11):1210-1215.
Keywords:Bacterial Typing Techniques
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (U.S.)
Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
Reproducibility Of Results
Description:Quality assessment exercises were conducted to evaluate the reproducibility of IS6110 DNA fingerprinting performed by eight laboratories in the National Tuberculosis Genotyping and Surveillance Network. Three panels, each with 8 to 16 isolates, were typed at all laboratories, resulting in 280 images. When the pattern obtained by the majority for each isolate was used as the standard, exact matches were obtained for 73% of patterns; 90% and 97% of patterns matched within one- and two-band differences, respectively. A second approach involved retyping of randomly selected isolates at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retyping was done for 8-19 isolates per laboratory (76 total). Paired images matched exactly for 54% of isolates and within one and two band differences, 78% and 93%, respectively. We evaluated reasons for mismatching. We also evaluated the reproducibility of spoligotyping using a test panel of 13 isolates; a discrepancy of 1 in 91 results was noted.
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