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Abstract

In this study, we characterized 7C, a spontaneous mutant selected from tigecycline-susceptible Mycobacterium abscessus ATCC 19977. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) was used to identify possible resistance determinants in this mutant. Compared to the wild-type, 7C demonstrated resistance to tigecycline as well as cross-resistance to imipenem, and had a slightly retarded growth rate. WGS and subsequent biological verifications showed that these phenotypes were caused by a point mutation in MAB_3542c, which encodes an RshA-like protein. In Mycobacterium tuberculosis, RshA is an anti-sigma factor that negatively regulates the heat/oxidative stress response mechanisms. The MAB_3542c mutation may represent a novel determinant of tigecycline resistance. We hypothesize that this mutation may dysregulate the stress-response pathways which have been shown to be linked to antibiotic resistance in previous studies.

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