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Spanish nationwide survey on Pseudomonas aeruginosa antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and epidemiology

Ester del Barrio-Tofiño, Laura Zamorano, Sara Cortes-Lara, Carla López-Causapé, Irina Sánchez-Diener, Gabriel Cabot, Germán Bou, Luis Martínez-Martínez, Antonio Oliver

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, dkz147, https://doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkz147

Published: 15 April 2019




To undertake a Spanish nationwide survey on Pseudomonas aeruginosamolecular epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance.


Up to 30 consecutive healthcare-associated P. aeruginosa isolates collected in 2017 from each of 51 hospitals were studied. MICs of 13 antipseudomonal agents were determined by broth microdilution. Horizontally acquired β-lactamases were detected by phenotypic methods and PCR. Clonal epidemiology was evaluated through PFGE and MLST; at least one XDR isolate from each clone and hospital (n = 185) was sequenced.


The most active antipseudomonals against the 1445 isolates studied were colistin and ceftolozane/tazobactam (both 94.6% susceptible, MIC50/90 = 1/2 mg/L) followed by ceftazidime/avibactam (94.2% susceptible, MIC50/90 = 2/8 mg/L). Up to 252 (17.3%) of the isolates were XDR. Carbapenemases/ESBLs were detected in 3.1% of the isolates, including VIM, IMP, GES, PER and OXA enzymes. The most frequent clone among the XDR isolates was ST175 (40.9%), followed by CC235 (10.7%), ST308 (5.2%) and CC111 (4.0%). Carbapenemase production varied geographically and involved diverse clones, including 16.5% of ST175 XDR isolates. Additionally, 56% of the sequenced XDR isolates showed horizontally acquired aminoglycoside-modifying enzymes, which correlated with tobramycin resistance. Two XDR isolates produced QnrVC1, but fluoroquinolone resistance was mostly caused by QRDR mutations. Beyond frequent mutations (>60%) in OprD and AmpC regulators, four isolates showed AmpC mutations associated with resistance to ceftolozane/tazobactam and ceftazidime/avibactam.


ST175 is the most frequent XDR high-risk clone in Spanish hospitals, but this nationwide survey also indicates a complex scenario in which major differences in local epidemiology, including carbapenemase production, need to be acknowledged in order to guide antimicrobial therapy.

Topic: phenotype – polymerase chain reaction – pseudomonas aeruginosa – mutation – colistin – epidemiology – ceftazidime – clone cells – drug resistance, microbial – electrophoresis, gel, pulsed-field – epidemiology, molecular – fluoroquinolones – spain – enzymes – tobramycin – aminoglycosides – antimicrobials – tazobactam – extended-spectrum beta lactamases – malnutrition-inflammation-cachexia syndrome – ceftolozane – avibactam


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Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Spain; Colistin; Ceftazidime; Fluoroquinolones; Tobramycin; Aminoglycosides; Tazobactam; Avibactam.


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