Genetic variant (genovar) determination of Neisseria gonorrhoeae by pyrosequencing of highly polymorphic segments of the porB gene
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For prevention and control of gonorrhea, an objective, highly discriminating, and reproducible molecular epidemiological characterization of Neisseria gonorrhoeae is essential. In the present study, in the pursuance of providing such qualities, pyrosequencing technology, a fast real-time DNA sequence analysis, was applied to six short, highly polymorphic porB gene segments, with subsequent genetic variant (genovar) determination of the bacterial isolates. The DNA sequencing templates were obtained by real-time PCR amplification, which also included fluorescence melting curve analysis of the entire porB gene in order to determine the genogroup (porB1a or porB1b allele) prior to pyrosequencing analysis. The PSQ 96 MA system used allowed rapid (approximately 1.5 h) determination of 96 sequences of 20 to 65 correct nucleotides each. The results were reproducible and mostly in concordance with the results of conventional Sanger dideoxy-sequencing, with the exception of shorter read lengths and some uncertainty in determining the correct number of identical nucleotides in homopolymeric segments. The number of sequence variants identified in each one of the six highly polymorphic segments of the porB1a and porB1b alleles (encoding surface exposed amino acid loops of the mature porB protein) ranged from 5 to 11 and 8 to 39, respectively. Among porB1a isolates (n=22) and porB1b isolates (n=65), 22 and 64 unique genovars were identified. All isolates were typeable. The current results provide evidence of a high discriminatory ability, practically the same as sequencing of the entire porB gene. In conclusion, the fast and high-throughput pyrosequencing technology can be used for molecular epidemiological characterization of N. gonorrhoeae.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84322OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84322DiVA: diva2:558727