Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 483–487 | Cite as

Bedaquiline susceptibility test for totally drug-resistant tuberculosis Mycobacterium tuberculosis

  • Ji-Chan Jang
  • Yong-Gyun Jung
  • Jungil Choi
  • Hyunju Jung
  • Sungweon RyooEmail author
Microbial Pathogenesis and Host-Microbe Interaction


This study aimed to provide information that bedaquilline is significantly effective for treatment of totally drug resistant (TDR) Mycobacterium tuberculosis that shows resistant to all first- and second-line drugs-using an innovative disc agarose channel (DAC) system. Time-lapse images of single bacterial cells under culture conditions with different concentrations of bedaquiline were analysed by image processing software to determine minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs). Bedaquiline inhibited the growth of TDR M. tuberculosis strains, with MIC values ranging from 0.125 to 0.5 mg/L. The results of the present study demonstrate that bedaquiline, newly approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), may offer therapeutic solutions for TDR-TB.


bedaquiline Mycobacterium tuberculosis totally drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ji-Chan Jang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yong-Gyun Jung
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Jungil Choi
    • 6
  • Hyunju Jung
    • 7
  • Sungweon Ryoo
    • 7
    • 8
    Email author
  1. 1.Molecular Mechanisms of Antibiotics, Division of Life ScienceGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Research Institute of Life SciencesGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Interdisciplinary Program of Biomodulation, College of Natural ScienceMyongji UniversityYonginRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Myongji Bioefficiency Research CentreMyongji UniversityYonginRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Center for Nutraceutical and Pharmaceutical MaterialsMyongji UniversityYonginRepublic of Korea
  6. 6.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  7. 7.Korean Institute of TuberculosisOsongRepublic of Korea
  8. 8.Korean National Tuberculosis AssociationSeoulRepublic of Korea

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