Mobile Carbapenemase Genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Eun Jeong Yoon, Seok Hoon Jeong

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Carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the major concerns in clinical settings impelling a great challenge to antimicrobial therapy for patients with infections caused by the pathogen. While membrane permeability, together with derepression of the intrinsic beta-lactamase gene, is the global prevailing mechanism of carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa, the acquired genes for carbapenemases need special attention because horizontal gene transfer through mobile genetic elements, such as integrons, transposons, plasmids, and integrative and conjugative elements, could accelerate the dissemination of the carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa. This review aimed to illustrate epidemiologically the carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa, including the resistance rates worldwide and the carbapenemase-encoding genes along with the mobile genetic elements responsible for the horizontal dissemination of the drug resistance determinants. Moreover, the modular mobile elements including the carbapenemase-encoding gene, also known as the P. aeruginosa resistance islands, are scrutinized mostly for their structures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number614058
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 18

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding. This work was supported by a fund (NRF-2018R1C1B6002674) from the National Research Foundation of Korea. The funders had no role in the design of the study, in the collection, analysis, or interpretation of data, in the writing of the manuscript, or in the decision to publish to the results.

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© Copyright © 2021 Yoon and Jeong.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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