World TB Day 2016

To mark World TB Day 2016 on March 24th, we present a selection of key research papers from journals published by Elsevier, as selected by our editors and publishers. These articles have been made openly available to you.

Clinical Microbiology and Infection

Reduced turn-around time for Mycobacterium tuberculosis drug susceptibility testing with a proportional agar microplate assay
V.A.T. Nguyen, H.Q. Nguyen, T.T. Vu, N.A.T. Nguyen, C.M. Duong, T.H.T. Tran, H.V. Nguyen, D.A. Dang, A.-L. Bañuls
Volume 21, Issue 12, December 2015, Pages 1084–1092

The course of spinal tuberculosis (Pott disease): results of the multinational, multicentre Backbone-2 study
A. Batirel, H. Erdem
Volume 21, Issue 11, November 2015, Pages 1008.e9–1008.e18

Current Opinion in Microbiology

Chewing the fat: lipid metabolism and homeostasis during M. tuberculosis infection
Rustin R Lovewell, Christopher M Sassetti, Brian C VanderVen
Volume 29, February 2016, Pages 30–36


Tuberculosis in Cape Town: An age-structured transmission model
Nello Blaser, Cindy Zahnd, Sabine Hermans, Luisa Salazar-Vizcaya, Janne Estill, Carl Morrow, Matthias Egger, Olivia Keiser, Robin Wood
Volume 14, March 2016, Pages 54–61

International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

In vitro synergistic activity of clofazimine and other antituberculous drugs against multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates
Zhijian Zhang, Tianzhi Li, Geping Qu, Yu Pang, Yanlin Zhao
Volume 45, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages 71–75

Differences in risk factors and drug susceptibility between Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium intracellulare lung diseases in China
Zhijian Zhanga, Yu Pang, Yufeng Wang, Chad Cohen, Yanlin Zhao, Changting Liu
Volume 45, Issue 5, May 2015, Pages 491–495

Combination of amikacin and doxycycline against multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis

Ximena Gonzalo, Nicola Casali, Agnieszka Broda, Claire Pardieu, Francis Drobniewski
Volume 45, Issue 4, April 2015, Pages 406–412

International Journal of Infectious Diseases

The complexity of diagnosing latent tuberculosis infection in older adults in long-term care facilities
Hochberg NS, Rekhtman S, Burns J, Ganley-Leal L, Helbig S, Watts NS, Brandeis GH, Ellner JJ, Horsburgh CR Jr.
Volume 44, March 2016, Pages 37–43

Utility of QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube assay in adult, pulmonary and extrapulmonary, active tuberculosis diagnosis
Azghay M, Bouchaud O, Mechaï F, Nicaise P, Fain O, Stirnemann J.
Volume 44, March 2016, Pages 25–30

Predictors of mortality and treatment success during treatment for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis within the South African National TB Programme, 2009 to 2011: a cohort analysis of the national case register
Schnippel K, Shearer K, Evans D, Berhanu R, Dlamini S, Ndjeka N.
Volume 39, October 2015, Pages 89–94

High levels of anti-tuberculin (IgG) antibodies correlate with the blocking of T-cell proliferation in individuals with high exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Feris EJ, Encinales L, Awad C, Stern JN, Tabansky I, Jiménez-Alvarez L, Ramírez-Martínez G, Cruz-Lagunas A, Bobadilla K, Márquez E, Granados-Montiel J, Rodriguez-Reyna TS, Fernandez-Vina M, Granados J, Zuñiga J, Yunis EJ.
Volume 43, February 2016, Pages 21–24

Taking forward the World TB Day 2016 theme “Unite to End Tuberculosis” for the WHO Africa Region

Francine Ntoumi, Pontiano Kaleebu, Eusebio Macete, Sayoki Mfinanga, Jeremiah Chakaya, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, Matthew Bates, Peter Mwaba, Markus Maeurer, Eskild Petersen, Alimuddin Zumla
In Press

International Journal of Mycobacteriology

A cross-sectional study about knowledge and attitudes toward multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in a high-burden drug-resistant country
Hasnain Javeda, Zarfishan Tahir, Hafiza Jawairia Hashmi, Nazia Jamil
In Press

Genetic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains isolated from patients with pulmonary tuberculosis in Anambra State, Nigeria
Gertrude N. Uzoewulu, Lovett Lawson, Ibeh S. Nnanna, Nalin Rastogi, Madhu Goya
Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2016, Pages 74–79

Populations of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis lack a cell wall: Isolation, visualization, and whole-genome characterization
Ali Akbar Velayati, Thomas Abeelb, Terrance Shea, Gennady Konstantinovich Zhavnerko, Bruce Birren, Gail H. Cassell, Ashlee M. Earl, Sven Hoffner, Parissa Farnia
Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2016, Pages 66–73

Journal of Clinical Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases

Mind the Gap: time to address implementation gaps in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment
Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD and Zelalem Temesgen, MD
In Press

Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health:

Antimicrobial resistance and the growing threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis
Madhukar Pai, Ziad A. Memish
In Press

Evaluation of tuberculosis public health surveillance, Al-Madinah province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2012
Mohammed J. Alkhalawi, Scott J.N. McNabb, Abdullah M. Assiri, Ziad A. Memish
Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2016, Pages 37–44

HIV-infected presumptive tuberculosis patients without tuberculosis: How many are eligible for antiretroviral therapy in Karnataka, India?
Ajay M.V. Kumar, Anil Singarajipura, Balaji Naik, Deepak K. Guddemane, Yogesh Patel, Suresh Shastri, Sunil Kumar, Rajesh Deshmukh, B.B. Rewari, Anthony David Harries
In Press

Journal of Infection:

Mucosal-associated  invariant T cells from patients with tuberculosis exhibit impaired immune  response
Jing Jiang, Bingfen Yang, Hongjuan An, Xinjing Wang, Yanhua Liu, Zhihong Cao,  Fei Zhai, Ruo Wang, Yan Cao, Xiaoxing Cheng
Volume 72, Issue 3, March 2016, Pages 338-352

Comparison  of TB-LAMP, GeneXpert MTB/RIF and culture for diagnosis of pulmonary  tuberculosis in The Gambia
Adama L. Bojang, Francis S. Mendy, Leopold D. Tientcheu, Jacob Otu, Martin  Antonio, Beate Kampmann, Schadrac Agbla, Jayne S. Sutherland
Volume 72, Issue 3, March 2016, Pages 332-337

Population  tailored modification of tuberculosis specific interferon-gamma release assay
Kata Horvati, Szilvia Bősze, Hannah P. Gideon, Bernadett Bacsa, Tamás G. Szabó,  Rene Goliath, Molebogeng X. Rangaka, Ferenc Hudecz, Robert J. Wilkinson,  Katalin A. Wilkinson
Volume 72, Issue 2, February 2016, Pages 179-188

Microbial Pathogenesis

Recombinant BCG prime and PPE protein boost provides potent protection against acute Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in mice
Enzhuo Yang, Jin Gu, Feifei Wang, Honghai Wang, Hongbo Shen, Zheng W. Chen
Volume 93, April 2016, Pages 1–7


Comparison  of the socio-demographic and clinical features of pulmonary TB patients  infected with sub-lineages within the W-Beijing and non-Beijing Mycobacterium  tuberculosis
Yi Hua, Barun Mathema, Qi Zhao, Xubin Zheng, Dange Li, Weili Jiang , Weibing  Wang, Biao Xu
Volume 97, March 2016, Pages 18–25

The  looming tide of nontuberculous mycobacterial infections in Portugal and Brazil
Daniela Nunes-Costa, Susana Alarico, Margareth Pretti Dalcolmo, Margarida  Correia-Neves, Nuno Empadinhas
Volume 96, January 2016, Pages 107–119

Cutaneous  tuberculosis overview and current treatment regimens
Lindi van Zyl , Jeanetta du Plessis, Joe Viljoen
Volume 95, Issue 6, December 2015, Pages 629–638

Tuberculosis  or sarcoidosis: Opposite ends of the same disease spectrum?
Rupesh Agrawal, Ae Ra Kee, Leslie Ang, Yeo Tun Hang, Vishali Gupta, Onn Min  Kon,, Donald Mitchell, Manfred Zierhut, Carlos Pavesio
Volume 98, May 2016, Pages 21–26