Antimicrobial Resistance Screening in Chlamydia trachomatis by Optimized McCoy Cell Culture System and Direct qPCR-Based Monitoring of Chlamydial Growth
Obligate intracellular localization of Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) complicates antimicrobial sensitivity testing efforts that we are so accustomed to in routine bacteriology. Cell culture systems with immunofluorescence staining, to identify cellular inclusions in the presence of various concentrations of antimicrobial drugs, are still the most pervasive techniques, but more specific and sensitive nucleic acid concentration measuring methods are increasingly being used. Here we describe how to approach antimicrobial susceptibility/resistance screening in C. trachomatis by using a McCoy cell culture system, optimized by a research group from Croatia, and direct qPCR-based monitoring of chlamydial growth, optimized by a research group from Hungary.
Key wordsChlamydia trachomatis Antimicrobial susceptibility testing Antimicrobial resistance Cell culture qPCR
Tomislav Meštrović and Dezső P. Virok contributed equally to this work.
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