Insights on carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa : phenotypic characterization of relevant isolates

Gajdács Márió and Kárpáti Krisztina and Stájer Anette and Zanetti Stefania and Donadu Matthew Gavino: Insights on carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa : phenotypic characterization of relevant isolates. In: Acta biologica Szegediensis, (65) 1. pp. 105-112. (2021)

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is ubiquitous in nature, and may be a causative agent in severe, life-threatening infections. In >60% of cases, β-lactam antibiotics are used in the therapy of P. aeruginosa infections, therefore the emergence of carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa (CRPA) is a significant clinical concern. In this study, phenotypic methods were used to characterize fifty-four (n = 54) P. aeruginosa isolates, which were included based on their suspected non-susceptibility to meropenem. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of meropenem, ceftazidime, cefepime, ciprofloxacin, gentamicin, were determined using E-tests, while colistin MICs were determined using broth microdilution. The isolates were subjected to the modified Hodge test (MHT), the modified carbapenem-inactivation method (mCIM) and the imipenem/EDTA combined disk test (CDT). AmpC and efflux pump overexpression was studied using agar plates containing cloxacillin and phenylalanine-arginine β-naphthylamide (PAβN), respectively. Assessment of biofilm-formation was carried out using the crystal violet tube-adherence method. 38.9% of the strains showed meropenem MICs in the resistant range (>8 mg/L). Efflux-pump overexpression and AmpC-hyperproduction was seen in 44.4% and 35.2% of isolates, respectively. 88.8% of the isolates were characterized as strong biofilm-producers. On the other hand, the presence of carbapenemases was suspected in a minority (16.7%) of tested isolates. As safe and effective therapeutic options in carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative infections are severely limited, characterization of these isolates using phenotypic and molecular-based methods is important to provide insights into the epidemiological features of these pathogens.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Acta biologica Szegediensis
Date: 2021
Volume: 65
Number: 1
ISSN: 1588-4082
Page Range: pp. 105-112
Language: English
Publisher: University of Szeged
Place of Publication: Szeged
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DOI: 10.14232/abs.2021.1.105-112
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mikrobiológia
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 110-112. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 01. Natural sciences
01. Natural sciences > 01.06. Biological sciences
Date Deposited: 2022. May. 12. 09:59
Last Modified: 2022. May. 12. 09:59

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