Molecular epidemiology of Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates from Korea producing β-lactamases with extended-spectrum activity

Il Kwon Bae, Borum Suh, Seok Hoon Jeong, Kang Kyun Wang, Yong Rok Kim, Dongeun Yong, Kyungwon Lee

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This study was performed to investigate the prevalence and molecular epidemiology of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from Korea that produce enzymes with extended-spectrum (ES) activity to β-lactams. A total of 205 non-duplicate P. aeruginosa clinical isolates were collected from 18 university hospitals in Korea. PCR and sequencing experiments were performed to identify genes encoding β-lactamases. PCR mapping and sequencing of the regions surrounding the β-lactamase genes were performed. Multilocus sequence typing experiments were performed. The most common sequence type (ST) was ST235 (n = 96), and 2 single-locus variants of ST235, ST1015 (n = 1) and ST1162 (n = 1), were also identified. These 3 STs were grouped as a clonal complex (CC), CC235. The remaining 107 isolates were identified as 59 different STs. Isolates belonging to CC235 showed higher rates of non-susceptibility to imipenem (85.4% versus 47.7%) and meropenem (92.7% versus 52.3%) compared to non-CC235 isolates. All the metallo-β-lactamase (MBL)-producing isolates were identified as CC235, except for 1 ST591. Genes encoding OXA-17 and OXA-142 were detected in 1 isolate and 4 isolates of CC235, respectively; while the blaSHV-12 gene was detected in 4 non-CC235 isolates. Class A and D β-lactamases with ES activity play a role in acquiring ceftazidime resistance in P. aeruginosa in Korea. Production of IMP-6 and VIM-2 MBLs is the main mechanisms in acquiring resistance to ceftazidime and carbapenems in P. aeruginosa isolates in Korea. Clonal spread of P. aeruginosa CC235 may be an important conduit for the dissemination of MBL genes in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-377
Number of pages5
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul

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Funding: This work was supported by a grant of the Korea Healthcare technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea ( A121133 ).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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