Genetic Diversity in Clinical Isolates and Resulting Outcomes of Tuberculosis Infection and Disease.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Annu Rev Genet (2020)


<p>Tuberculosis claims more human lives than any other bacterial infectious disease and represents a clear and present danger to global health as new tools for vaccination, treatment, and interruption of transmission have been slow to emerge. Additionally, tuberculosis presents with notable clinical heterogeneity, which complicates diagnosis, treatment, and the establishment of nonrelapsing cure. How this heterogeneity is driven by the diversity of clinical isolates of the causative agent, , has recently garnered attention. Herein, we review advances in the understanding of how naturally occurring variation in clinical isolates affects transmissibility, pathogenesis, immune modulation, and drug resistance. We also summarize how specific changes in transcriptional responses can modulate infection or disease outcome, together with strain-specific effects on gene essentiality. Further understanding of how this diversity of isolates affects disease and treatment outcomes will enable the development of more effective therapeutic options and vaccines for this dreaded disease. Expected final online publication date for the , Volume 54 is November 23, 2020. Please see for revised estimates.</p>