Annals of clinical microbiology and antimicrobials

The spread of bla OXA-48 and bla OXA-244 carbapenemase genes among Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis and Enterobacter spp. isolated in Moscow, Russia.

PMID 26526183


The spread of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) is a great problem of healthcare worldwide. Study of the spread for bla OXA-48-like genes coding epidemically significant carbapenemases among hospital pathogens is important for the regional and global epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance. Antibacterial resistant isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae (nxa0=xa095) from 54 patients, P. mirabilis (nxa0=xa032) from 20 patients, Enterobacter aerogenes (nxa0=xa06) from four patients, and Enterobacter cloacae (nxa0=xa04) from four patients were collected from January, 2013 to October, 2014 in neurosurgical intensive care unit (ICU) of the Burdenko Neurosurgery Institute, Moscow. Characteristics of the isolates were done using susceptibility tests, PCR detection of the resistance genes, genotyping, conjugation, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatic analysis. Major strains under study were multi drug resistant (MDR), resistant to three or more functional classes of drugs simultaneously-98.9xa0% K. pneumoniae, 100xa0% P. mirabilis, one E. aerogenes isolate, and one E. cloacae isolate. Molecular-genetic mechanism of MDR in K. pneumoniae and P. mirabilis isolates were based on carrying of epidemic extended-spectrum beta-lactamase bla CTX-M-15 gene (87.2 and 90.6xa0% accordingly), carbapenemase bla OXA-48-like gene (55.3 and 23.3xa0% accordingly), and classxa01 (54.8 and 31.3xa0% accordingly) and class 2 (90.6xa0% P.xa0mirabilis) integrons. The bla OXA-48-like-positive K.xa0pneumoniae were collected during whole two-year surveillance period, while P.xa0mirabilis and Enterobacter spp. carrying bla OXA-48-like genes were detected only after four and 18xa0months after the research start, respectively. The bla OXA-48-like gene acquisition was shown for P.xa0mirabilis isolates collected from five patients and for E.xa0cloacae isolate collected from one patient during their stay in the ICU, presumably from bla OXA-48-like-positive K.xa0pneumoniae. The source of the bla OXA-244 gene acquired by E.xa0aerogenes isolates and the time of this event were not recognized. The expanding of CPE in the surveyed ICU was associated with the spread of bla OXA-48 and bla OXA-244 carbapenemase genes documented not only among K. pneumoniae, well-known bacterial host for such genes, but among P. mirabilis, E. aerogenes, and E.xa0cloacae.

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