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Volume 8, Number 11—November 2002

Research

Rifampin- and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Russian Civilians and Prison Inmates: Dominance of the Beijing Strain Family

Francis Drobniewski*Comments to Author , Yanina Balabanova*, Michael Ruddy*, Laura Weldon*, Katya Jeltkova†, Timothy Brown*, Nadezdna Malomanova‡, Elvira Elizarova‡, Alexander Melentyey§, Ebgeny Mutovkin§, Svetlana Zhakharova‡, and Ivan Fedorin‡
Author affiliations: *Guy's King's and St Thomas' Medical School, King's College Hospital, London, United Kingdom; †Central Tuberculosis Research Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation; ‡Samara Oblast Dispensary, Samara City, Russian Federation; §Samara Prison TB Service, Samara City, Russian Federation;

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Table 5

Variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) analysis of Beijing isolates (n=91) and comparison with rifampin sensitivity

VNTR Total in each VNTR type No. of rifampin resistant in each type No. of rifampin sensitive
12435 3 3 0
12534 9 8 1
12535 1 1 0
22232 2 0 2
22435 1 0 1
32413 1 - a
32433 1 0 1
32435 1 0 1
42234 1 0 1
42434 2 0 2
42435 68 50 16 (2 mixed=nonreadable)a
42436 1 1 0
42532 1 1 0

a In three, no amplification of rpoB gene or mixed reaction.

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