Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 17053151
Clin. Chem. 2006 Dec;52(12):2294-6
For many years, the pathogenic bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the etiologic agent of gonorrhea, was generally susceptible to penicillin, until the emergence of resistant strains. Well-characterized genetic variations in the penicillin resistance-determining region correlate with decreased susceptibility to penicillin. At least 5 genes (penA, penB, mtrR, ponA, and penC) are involved in the chromosomally mediated resistance to this antibiotic. To date, no development of multiplex PCR assays targeting a range of gonococcal genes and variations as a means of predicting antibiotic resistance has been reported.