Prevalence of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance determinants in ESBL Enterobacteriaceae clinical isolates over a 1-year period in a French hospital

L Crémet, N Caroff, S Dauvergne, A Reynaud, D Lepelletier, S Corvec
Pathologie-biologie 2011, 59 (3): 151-6
The prevalence of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR) determinants (qnrA, qnrB, qnrS, aac(6')-Ib-cr, and qepA) was investigated in a collection of 47 extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) producing enterobacterial isolates with reduced susceptibility to fluoroquinolones, recovered at Nantes University hospital, in 2006. qnr, aac(6')-Ib-cr, and qepA genes were screened by PCR, and positive results were subsequently confirmed by sequencing. The epidemiological relationship between positive isolates was studied by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). qnr-positive isolates were analyzed for antimicrobial susceptibility and presence of mutations in the quinolone resistance-determining region (QRDR) of gyrA and parC genes. ESBL genes were characterized by PCR and sequencing. Conjugation experiments were performed to determine whether the qnr-carrying plasmids were self-transferable. Two Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates (4.3%), not clonally related, harboured a qnrS1 gene, whereas no qnrA- or qnrB-positive isolate was detected. The aac(6')-Ib-cr gene was detected in 11 Escherichia coli and one K. pneumoniae isolates. None of the 47 isolates carried the qepA gene. ESBLs associated with QnrS1 were CTX-M-14 and CTX-M-15. The CTX-M-15 producing isolate was highly resistant to fluoroquinolones and harboured three mutations in the QRDR and two PMQR determinants (qnrS1 and aac(6')-Ib-cr). The CTX-M-14-producing isolate exhibited reduced susceptibility or resistance to fluoroquinolones without resistance to nalidixic acid. This strain harboured only a qnr gene on a single 170 kb transferable plasmid, without any mutation in the QRDR. In conclusion, our study showed that aac(6')-Ib-cr gene had occurred in multiclonal ESBL-producing enterobacterial isolates collected at Nantes University hospital in 2006, with a higher prevalence than qnr genes.

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