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A metabolic biosignature of early response to anti-tuberculosis treatment

Sebabrata Mahapatra1, Ann M Hess1, John L Johnson23, Kathleen D Eisenach4, Mary A DeGroote1, Phineas Gitta3, Moses L Joloba35, Gilla Kaplan26, Gerhard Walzl7, W Henry Boom23 and John T Belisle1*

Author Affiliations

1 Mycobacteria Research Laboratories, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA

2 Department of Medicine, Tuberculosis Research Unit (TBRU), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

3 Uganda-Case Western Reserve University Research Collaboration, Kampala, Uganda

4 Department of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA

5 Department of Medical Microbiology, University School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

6 Public Health Research Institute Center, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Newark, New Jersey 07103, USA

7 DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research and MRC Centre for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, PO Box 19063, Francie van Zijl Drive, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa

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BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:53  doi:10.1186/1471-2334-14-53

Published: 31 January 2014

Abstract

Background

The successful treatment of tuberculosis (TB) requires long-term multidrug chemotherapy. Clinical trials to evaluate new drugs and regimens for TB treatment are protracted due to the slow clearance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection and the lack of early biomarkers to predict treatment outcome. Advancements in the field of metabolomics make it possible to identify metabolic profiles that correlate with disease states or successful chemotherapy. However, proof-of-concept of this approach has not been provided for a TB-early treatment response biosignature (TB-ETRB).

Methods

Urine samples collected at baseline and during treatment from 48 Ugandan and 39 South African HIV-seronegative adults with pulmonary TB were divided into discovery and qualification sets, normalized to creatinine concentration, and analyzed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to identify small molecule molecular features (MFs) in individual patient samples. A biosignature that distinguished baseline and 1 month treatment samples was selected by pairwise t-test using data from two discovery sample sets. Hierarchical clustering and repeated measures analysis were applied to additional sample data to down select molecular features that behaved consistently between the two clinical sites and these were evaluated by logistic regression analysis.

Results

Analysis of discovery samples identified 45 MFs that significantly changed in abundance at one month of treatment. Down selection using an extended set of discovery samples and qualification samples confirmed 23 MFs that consistently changed in abundance between baseline and 1, 2 and 6 months of therapy, with 12 MFs achieving statistical significance (pā€‰<ā€‰0.05). Six MFs classified the baseline and 1 month samples with an error rate of 11.8%.

Conclusions

These results define a urine based TB-early treatment response biosignature (TB-ETRB) applicable to different parts of Africa, and provide proof-of-concept for further evaluation of this technology in monitoring clinical responses to TB therapy.

Keywords:
Tuberculosis; Metabolomics; Biomarker; Mass spectrometry; Small molecule biosignature; Anti-tuberculosis therapy; Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Urine