A diagnostic approach will allow to quickly and precisely identify the enemy - tuberculosis culture pathogene, the approach being based on the so-called subtraction hybridization. How it can help to identify ‘personality’ of a dangerous bacterium was discussed by researchers from Moscow with their colleagues at the II International Conference “Molecular Medicine and Biosafety” in late October this year.
For smatterers the notion of tuberculosis – is necessary and sufficient for definition of the disease and its pathogene, tubercle bacillus or, in other words, Koch’s bacillus, and has long ago lost romantic veil of Chekhov’s and Dostoyevsky’s hectic heroines. However, specialists know well that considerable genetic variability is typical of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria population. Simply speaking, these pathogenes may be very different. On the one hand, according to the force of influence on human beings: some pathogens are more, figuratively speaking, ‘wicked’ (virulent), others – are less wicked. It is necessary to know where the difference lies – what changes in the microorganism’s genome cause changes in its properties, including changes in its virulence.
Furthermore, tuberculosis pathogens, like cockroaches, are able to adapt themselves to the circumstances. If they are exterminated by people, part of them dies, but the remaining ones produce posterity resistant to the applied poison. In case of tuberculosis, this is becomes apparent in occurrence of cultures resistant to this or that kind of drugs. Therefore, to treat for sure physicians use several drug substances at once – they fight, so to say, through extended front. On top of the fact that the patient gets high doses of ‘redundant’ drugs, which are far from innocuous for a patient, as a result of such mass attack there appear cultures with multiple drug resistance, and this is a real headache for those who is trying to cure the disease.
Sergey Komarov | alfa
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