World Tuberculosis Day 2018: Contribute to End TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide; according to the World Health Organization, 104 million people fell ill with TB in 2016, and 1.7 million died from the disease. TB is curable and there is a vaccine available, but with increasing threat from multidrug-resistant strains of the bacterium that causes TB, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, researchers are working hard to develop more effective treatments and prevention measures.

On 24 March 2018, World TB Day calls for an end to TB. The annual event marks the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch discovered M. tuberculosis as the cause of TB. This year’s theme – “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world” – encourages commitment from politicians, community leaders, civil society advocates, health workers, NGOs and those affected by TB to end the disease.

Researchers around the world are working hard to develop more effective treatments and prevention measures. In this collection, you can read recent research on TB – the causative bacterium, the disease, its prevention and cure – published in a range of Elsevier’s journals. The articles are free to access until he 24th of June 2018.

Article Collection

Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Evaluation of Loopamp™MTBC detection kit for diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis at a peripheral laboratory in a high burden setting
Van Anh Thi Nguyen, Hung Van Nguyen, Thuong Van Dinh, Ha Hoang Du, Chinh Nhu Do, Guy B. Marks, Nhung Viet Nguyen

Laboratory evaluation of the Anyplex™ II MTB/MDR and MTB/XDR tests based on multiplex real-time PCR and melting-temperature analysis to identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis and drug resistance
Yuriko Igarashi, Kinuyo Chikamatsu, Akio Aono, Lina Yi, Hiroyuki Yamada, Akiko Takaki, Satoshi Mitarai

Direct detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and drug resistance in respiratory specimen using Abbott Realtime MTB detection and RIF/INH resistance assay
Kingsley King-GeeTam, Kenneth Siu-Sing Leung, Sabrina Wai-Chi To, Gilman Kit-Hang Siu, Terrence Chi-Kong Lau, Victor Chi-Man Shek, Cindy Wing-SzeTse, Samson Sai-Yin Wong, Pak-Leung Ho,Wing-CheongYam

Modified protocol for drug susceptibility testing of MGIT cultures of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by the MGIT 960
Aline Gois Adami, Juliana Failde Gallo, Juliana Maira Watanabe Pinhata, Maria Conceição, Martins, Carmen Maria Saraiva Giampaglia, Rosangela Siqueirade Oliveira

Clinical Microbiology and Infection

International Journal of Infectious Diseases

Journal of Infection

Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease

International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance and the current refugee crisis
Helena C. Maltezou, Maria Theodoridou, George L. Daikos

Distribution scheme of antituberculosis drug resistance among HIV patients in a referral centre over 10 years
Parvaneh Baghaei, Payam Tabarsi, Afshin Moniri, Majid Marjani, Parissa Farnia, Sayena Jabbehdari, Ali Akbar Velayati


The utility of pharmacokinetic studies for the evaluation of exposure-response relationships for standard dose anti-tuberculosis drugs
Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, Mohammed Lamorde, Agnes N.Kiragga, Kelly E.Dooley, Moses R.Kamya, Andrew Kambugu, Jan Fehr, Yukari C.Manabe, Barbara Castelnuovo

Mycobacterial nucleoid associated proteins: An added dimension in gene regulation
Nastassja L.Kriel, James Gallant, Niëlvan Wyk, Paul van Helden,  Samantha L.Sampson, Robin M.Warren, Monique J.Williams

Host genetics in susceptibility to and severity of mycobacterial diseases
A.S.Apt, N.N.Logunova, T.K.Kondratieva

MmpS5/MmpL5 as an efflux pump in Mycobacterium species
Julien Briffotaux, Wei Huang, Xinwei Wanga, Brigitte Gicquel

Journal of Hospital Infection

Investigation of a pre-XDR Beijing Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission to a healthcare worker in France, 2016
A.Appelgren, D.Morquin, S.Dufour, V.Le Moing, J.Reynes, A.Lotthé, S.Parer, C.Corbeau, A.Aubry, W.Sougakoff, J.Solassol, L.Bonzon, Y.Dumont, S.Godreuil

Application of water-soluble nanofilters for collection of airborne Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA in hospital wards
M.A.Vladimirsky, L.K.Shipina, E.S.Makeeva, Y.S.Alyapkina, A.Y.Mikheev, V.N.Morozov

Outbreak of tuberculosis in a closed setting: views on transmission based on results from molecular and conventional methods
E.Antusheva, O.Mironuk, I.Tarasova, P.Eliseev, G.Plusnina, M.Ridell, L.-O.Larsson, A.Mariyandyshev

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice

Primary Care Diabetes

Muscle grip strength is associated to reduced pulmonary capacity in patients with diabetes
Simon Lebech Cichosz, Esben Thyssen Vestergaard, Ole Hejlesen

European Journal of Internal Medicine

American Journal of Infection Control

Hospital length of stay and cost burden of HIV, tuberculosis, and HIV-tuberculosis coinfection among pregnant women in the United States
Adeola Falana, Vanessa Akpojiyovwi, Esther Sey, Andika Akpaffiong, Olive Agumbah, Samara Chienye, Jamie Banks, Erin Jones, Kiara K.Spooner, Jason L.Salemi, Omonike A.Olaleye, Sherri D.Onyieg, Hamisu M.Salihu

Infection, Genetics and Evolution

The arms race between man and Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Time to regroup
Eileen G.Hoal, Anzaan Dippenaar, Craig Kinnear, Paul D.van Helden, Marlo Möller

Quadruple-first line drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Vietnam: What can we learn from genes?
Huy Quang Nguyen, Nhung Viet Nguyen, Lucie Contamin, Thanh Hoa Thi Tran, Thuong Thi Vu, Hung Van Nguyen, Ngoc Lan Thi Nguyen, Son Thai Nguyen, Anh Duc Dang, Anne-Laure Bañuls, Van Anh Thi Nguyen

Microbes and Infection


Optimally capturing latency dynamics in models of tuberculosis transmission
Romain Ragonnet, James M.Trauer, Nick Scott, Michael T.Meehan, Justin T.Denholm, Emma S.McBryde

Current Opinion in Microbiology