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James Knox, Claire Gregory, Louise Prendergast, Chandrika Perera, Jennifer Robson, Lynette Waring
Stool specimens spiked with a panel of 46 carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) and 59 non-carbapenemase producers were used to compare the diagnostic accuracy of 4 testing algorithms for the detection of intestinal carriage of CPE: (1) culture on Brilliance ESBL agar followed by the Carba NP test; (2) Brilliance ESBL followed by the Carba NP test, plus chromID OXA-48 agar with no Carba NP test; (3) chromID CARBA agar followed by the Carba NP test; (4) chromID CARBA followed by the Carba NP test, plus chromID OXA-48 with no Carba NP test...
September 30, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Farah Ben Tanfous, Carla Andrea Alonso, Wafa Achour, Laura Ruiz-Ripa, Carmen Torres, Assia Ben Hassen
The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular features among Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli strains showing a resistant/intermediate-resistant phenotype to ertapenem (R/IR-ERT), implicated in colonization/infection in patients of the Hematology and Graft Units of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Center of Tunisia (3-year period, 2011-2014). The major carbapenemase, extended-spectrum beta-lactamase, and plasmidic AmpC beta-lactamase genes were analyzed and characterized by PCR and sequencing...
October 18, 2016: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
John Osei Sekyere
A review of the literature was undertaken to delineate the current level and mechanisms of resistance to carbapenems, colistin, and tigecycline in South Africa. Thirty-two English publications and 32 National Institute of Communicable Diseases communiqués identified between early January 2000 and 20 May, 2016 showed substantial reports of NDM (n = 860), OXA-48 (n = 584), VIM (n = 131), and IMP (n = 45) carbapenemases within this period, mainly in Klebsiella pneumoniae (n = 1138), Acinetobacter baumannii (n = 332), Enterobacter cloacae (n = 201), and Serratia marcescens (n = 108)...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Charlotte A Huber, Hanna E Sidjabat, Hosam M Zowawi, David Kvaskoff, Sarah Reed, John F McNamara, Kate L McCarthy, Patrick Harris, Benjamin Toh, Alexander M Wailan, David L Paterson
It has been described that the sensitivity of the Carba NP test may be low in the case of OXA-48-like carbapenamases and mass spectrometry based methods as well as a colorimetry based method have been described as alternatives. We evaluated 84 Enterobacteriaceae isolates including 31 OXA-48-like producing isolates and 13 isolates that produced either an imipenemase (IMP; n=8), New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM; n=3), or Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC; n=2), as well as 40 carbapenemase negative Enterobacteriaceae isolates...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Ashika Singh-Moodley, Olga Perovic
BACKGROUND: Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a concern in South Africa and worldwide. It is therefore important that these organisms be accurately identified for infection prevention control purposes. METHOD: In this study 1193 suspected CREs from 46 laboratories from seven provinces in South Africa were assessed to confirm the prevalence of carbapenemase genes from our referral diagnostic isolates for the period 2012 to 2015. We compared the antimicrobial susceptibility testing method used in the reference laboratory to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which is used as the gold standard...
October 4, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Aurélie Jayol, Laurent Poirel, Laurent Dortet, Patrice Nordmann
From January 2014 to December 2014, 972 consecutive non-replicate carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolates from colonised or infected patients were collected at the Associated French National Reference Centre as part of the French national survey on antimicrobial resistance. It included 577 Klebsiella spp. (59%), 236 Escherichia coli (24%), 108 Enterobacter spp. (11%), 50 Citrobacter spp. (5%), and a single Salmonella spp. isolate (0.1%). Of 561 K. pneumoniae isolates, 35 were found to be resistant to colistin (6...
September 15, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
Jeanette W P Teo, My-Van La, Raymond T P Lin
A multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay was developed for the detection of clinically prevalent IMP, VIM, and OXA-23 gene families. The assay was designed to work on the BD MAX open platform which is a fully automated system for all PCR processes including sample extraction to PCR resulting. A total of 107 well-characterized carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae were evaluated and the results were 100% concordant with the reference test isolates. This assay will serve to complement PCR screens that detect the major carbapenemase families of NDM, KPC, and OXA-48-like...
August 26, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Lotfi Loucif, Ahmed Kassah Laouar, Mahdia Saidi, Amina Messala, Widad Chelaghma, Jean-Marc Rolain
Seven non-redundant ertapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates were collected from May 2014 to January 19, 2015 in the nephrology and hematology units of Batna University Hospital, Algeria. All strains coproduced the blaOXA-48, blaCTX-M-15, blaSHV-1 and blaTEM-1D genes. Six of these isolates belonged to the pandemic clone ST101. The blaOXA-48 gene was located on a conjugative IncL/M-type plasmid. This is the first outbreak of OXA-48-producing K. pneumoniae isolates involving an ST101 clone in Batna University Hospital, Algeria...
September 19, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
M De Laveleye, T D Huang, P Bogaerts, C Berhin, C Bauraing, P Sacré, A Noel, Y Glupczynski
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae are increasingly reported worldwide. The aim of the study was to determine the incidence and molecular epidemiology of carbapenemase-producing (CP) Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae (CP-E/K) in Belgium. Eleven hospital-based laboratories collected carbapenem non-susceptible (CNS) isolates of E. coli and K. pneumoniae detected in clinical specimens from January 2013 to December 2014. All CNS strains were tested for carbapenemase production and typed by multilocus sequence typing (MLST) for a 6-month period as part of the European Survey on Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae in Europe (EuSCAPE) structured survey...
September 17, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Jacopo Sgrignani, Filomena De Luca, Hayarpi Torosyan, Jean-Denis Docquier, Da Duan, Beatrice Novati, Fabio Prati, Giorgio Colombo, Giovanni Grazioso
β-Lactamases are bacterial enzymes conferring resistance to β-lactam antibiotics in clinically-relevant pathogens, and represent relevant drug targets. Recently, the identification of new boronic acids (i.e. RPX7009) paved the way to the clinical application of these molecules as potential drugs. Here, we screened in silico a library of ~1400 boronic acids as potential AmpC β-lactamase inhibitors. Six of the most promising candidates were evaluated in biochemical assays leading to the identification of potent inhibitors of clinically-relevant β-lactamases like AmpC, KPC-2 and CTX-M-15...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
Agila Kumari Pragasam, Rani Diana Sahni, Shalini Anandan, Archa Sharma, Radha Gopi, Noorjahan Hadibasha, Priya Gunasekaran, Balaji Veeraraghavan
INTRODUCTION: Rapid identification of carbapenemase producing organisms is of great importance for timely detection, treatment and implementation of control measures to prevent the spread. The Modified Hodge Test (MHT) and Carba NP test is recommended by CLSI for the detection of carbapenemases in Enterobacteriaceae. However, MHT may give false positive results or fail to detect metallo β-lactamases (MBLs). In the US, MHT is the most widely used test for detection of carbapenemases and has been found to have a sensitivity and specificity of >90% for bla KPC producers...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
J A Martínez
Directed treatment of infections due to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli is a difficult task, since it requires the use of a limited number of antibiotics that are often more toxic and possibly less efficacious than β-lactams and fluoroquinolones. Furthermore, there are very few controlled trials informing on the relative efficacy of different therapeutic strategies. As a general rule, it is recommended to use at least two active drugs or a combination with proven synergistic activity in vitro, because several observational studies have associated this practice with better outcomes and as a measure to potentially curb the emergence of further resistance...
September 2016: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
Nicole Stoesser, Anna E Sheppard, Gisele Peirano, Robert Sebra, Tarah Lynch, Luke Anson, Andrew Kasarskis, Mary R Motyl, Derrick W Crook, Johann D Pitout
OXA-48-like enzymes have emerged as important extended-spectrum β-lactamases/carbapenemases in E. coli ST131. We report the structure of the first fully sequenced blaOXA-163 plasmid, and of two other blaOXA-48 plasmids in this lineage. blaOXA-163 was located on a 71kb IncN plasmid with other resistance genes. blaOXA-48 was present on IncL/M plasmids, genetically similar to other blaOXA-48 plasmid sequences, and consistent with inter-species/inter-lineage spread. The presence of blaOXA-48-like genes on epidemic plasmids in ST131 is of concern...
September 6, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
David van Duin, Yohei Doi
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are an important and increasing threat to global health. Both clonal spread and plasmid-mediated transmission contribute to the ongoing rise in incidence of these bacteria. Among the 4 classes of β-lactamases defined by the Ambler classification system, the carbapenemases that confer carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriaceae belong to 3 of them: Class A (K. pneumoniae carbapenemases, KPC), Class B (metallo-β-lactamases, MBL including New Delhi metallo-β-lactamases, NDM) and Class D (OXA-48-like carbapenemases)...
August 11, 2016: Virulence
Johanna M Vanegas, O Lorena Parra, J Natalia Jiménez
BACKGROUND: Gram-negative bacilli are a cause of serious infections in the pediatric population. Carbapenem are the treatment of choice for infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli, but the emergence of carbapenem resistance has substantially reduced access to effective antimicrobial regimens. Children are a population vulnerable to bacterial infections and the emergence of resistance can worsen prognosis. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical and molecular characteristics of infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacilli in pediatric patients from five tertiary-care hospitals in Medellín, Colombia...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Muhammad-Hariri Mustafa, Hussein Chalhoub, Olivier Denis, Ariane Deplano, Anne Vergison, Hector Rodriguez-Villalobos, Michael M Tunney, J Stuart Elborn, Barbara C Kahl, Hamidou Traore, Francis Vanderbist, Paul M Tulkens, Françoise Van Bambeke
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis patients. This study compares the antimicrobial susceptibility of 153 P. aeruginosa isolates from the United Kingdom (UK) (n=58), Belgium (n=44), and Germany (n=51) collected from 120 patients during routine visits over the 2006-2012 period. MICs were measured by broth microdilution. Genes encoding extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL), metallo-β-lactamases and carbapenemases were detected by PCR. Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis and Multi-Locus Sequence Typing were performed on isolates resistant to ≥ 3 antibiotic classes among penicillins/cephalosporins, carbapenems, fluoroquinolones, aminoglycosides, polymyxins...
August 29, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Cidália Pina-Vaz, Ana P Silva, Isabel Faria-Ramos, Rita Teixeira-Santos, Daniel Moura, Tatiana F Vieira, Sérgio F Sousa, Sofia Costa-de-Oliveira, Rafael Cantón, Acácio G Rodrigues
The synergy of carbapenem combinations regarding Enterobacteriaceae producing different types of carbapenemases was study through different approaches: flow cytometry and computational analysis. Ten well characterized Enterobacteriaceae (KPC, verona integron-encoded metallo-β-lactamases -VIM and OXA-48-like enzymes) were selected for the study. The cells were incubated with a combination of ertapenem with imipenem, meropenem, or doripenem and killing kinetic curves performed with and without reinforcements of the drugs...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Rickard Hammarén, Chandan Pal, Marcus Östman, Berndt Björlenius, Carl-Fredrik Flach, Jerker Fick, Erik Kristiansson, Mats Tysklind, D G Joakim Larsson
Sewage treatment plants (STPs) have repeatedly been suggested as "hotspots" for the emergence and dissemination of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A critical question still unanswered is if selection pressures within STPs, caused by residual antibiotics or other co-selective agents, are sufficient to specifically promote resistance. To address this, we employed shotgun metagenomic sequencing of samples from different steps of the treatment process in three Swedish STPs. In parallel, concentrations of selected antibiotics, biocides and metals were analyzed...
August 16, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Fernando Pasteran, Laurence Denorme, Isabelle Ote, Sonia Gomez, Denise De Belder, Youri Glupczynski, Pierre Bogaerts, Barbara Ghiglione, Pablo Power, Pascal Mertens, Alejandra Corso
We assessed a novel immunochromatographic lateral flow assay for direct identification of OXA-48-like carbapenemases and accurate differentiation of allele variants with distinct substrate profiles (OXA-48 or OXA-163 subfamilies). The assay allows rapid (less than 4 minutes) and reliable direct confirmation of OXA-163/48-like enzymes (100% sensitivity and specificity) from culture colonies recovered from both, solid media and spiked blood culture bottles.
August 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Yeliz Çetinkol, Murat Telli, Arzu Altunçekiç Yıldırım, Mustafa Kerem Çalgın
Acinetobacter baumannii strains, are opportunistic pathogens that cause severe nosocomial infections that are difficult to treat due to development of resistance to multiple antibiotics. As the antibiotic choices to be used in treatment are limited, combinations of a variety of antibiotics are used. The aims of this study were to identify the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of colistin and sulbactam against A.baumannii isolates and to determine the in vitro activity of colistin-sulbactam combination...
July 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
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