Introduction: Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has been introduced for bacterial identification. The ASTA MicroIDSys system (ASTA, Suwon, Korea) is a new MALDI-TOF MS system developed for species identification of microorganisms. We evaluated the performance of MicroIDSys against clinical isolates of anaerobic bacteria. Material and methods: A total of 370 non-duplicated clinical isolates of anaerobic bacteria were tested in this study. Bacterial identification with MicroIDSys was performed with a direct smear method, and measured spectra were analyzed using respective software. The results of MicroIDSys were compared with the results of Bruker Biotyper and 16S rRNA sequencing. Results: The overall agreement rates for the 370 clinical isolates (34 genera and 99 species) were 95.4% (353/370) at the genus level and 91.6% (n = 340) at the species level. Only 17 isolates were incorrectly identified at the genus level: five misidentifications and 12 unidentifications. The MicroIDSys system exhibited excellent performance in the identification of clinically relevant bacterial species. Most of the Bacteroides isolates (98.0%, 99/101) and all of the Clostridium difficile (100%, n = 11), Clostridium perfringens (100%, n = 10), Finegoldia magna (100%, n = 11), and Parvimonas micra (100%, n = 10) isolates were correctly identified at the species level. Conclusion: The MicroIDSys system proved useful in the identification of anaerobic bacteria, especially clinically relevant species. This system could be of use in clinical microbiology laboratories as a primary tool for identifying anaerobic bacteria.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Infectious Diseases