The pncA gene from naturally pyrarinamide-resistant Mycobacterium avium encodes pyrazinamidase and confers pyrazinamide susceptibility to resistant M. tuberculosis complex organisms

Zhonghe Sun, Angelo Scorpio, Ying Zhang

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The antituberculosis drug pyrazinamide (PZA) needs to be converted into pyrazinoic acid (POA) by the bacterial pyrazinamidase (PZase) in order to show bactericidal activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. M. avium is naturally resistant to PZA. To investigate whether this natural resistance to PZA is due to inability of the M. avium PZase to convert PZA to bactericidal POA, the M. avium PZase gene (pncA) was cloned by using the M. tuberculosis pncA gene as a probe. Sequence analysis showed that the M. avium pncA gene is 561 bp long, encoding a protein with a predicted size of about 19.8 kDa; but Western blotting showed that the M. avium PZase migrated as a 24 kDa band when expressed in M. bovis BCG and Escherichia coli. Sequence comparison revealed that M. avium PZase has 67.7% and 32.8% amino acid identity with the corresponding enzymes from M. tuberculosis and E. coli, respectively. Southern blot analysis with the M. avium pncA gene as a probe showed that M. terrae, M. gastri, M. marinum, M. fortuitum, M. xenopi, M. gordonae, M. szulgai, M. celatum and M. kansasii have close pncA homologues, whereas M. chelonae and M. smegmatis did not give significant hybridization signals. Transformation with the M. avium pncA gene conferred PZA susceptibility to PZA-resistant M. tuberculosis complex organisms, indicating that the nonsusceptibility of M. avium to PZA is not due to an ineffective PZase enzyme, but appears to be related to other factors such as transport of POA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3367-3373
Number of pages7
JournalMicrobiology
Volume143
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1997

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Pyrazinamide
Mycobacterium avium
Tuberculosis
Genes
Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Gordonia Bacterium
Smegma
Escherichia coli
pyrazinamide deamidase
Enzymes
Mycobacterium bovis
Southern Blotting
Innate Immunity
Sequence Analysis
Western Blotting
Amino Acids

Keywords

  • Mycobacterium avium
  • pncA
  • Pyrazinamidase
  • Pyrazinamide susceptibility

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  • Microbiology

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