Emergence of #carbapenem resistant #Pseudomonas asiatica producing #NDM-1 and #VIM-2 metallo-β-lactamases in #Myanmar (Antimicrob Agents Chemother., abstract)

[Source: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

Emergence of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas asiatica producing NDM-1 and VIM-2 metallo-β-lactamases in Myanmar

Mari Tohya, Tatsuya Tada, Shin Watanabe, Kyoko Kuwahara-Arai, Khwar Nyo Zin, Ni Ni Zaw, May Yee Aung, San Mya, Khin Nyein Zan, Teruo Kirikae, Htay Htay Tin

DOI: 10.1128/AAC.00475-19



Pseudomonas asiatica is recently proposed species of the genus Pseudomonas. This study describes eight isolates of carbapenem-resistant P. asiatica harboring blaNDM-1 and blaVIM-2, genes encoding metallo-β-lactamase (MBL). These isolates were obtained from urine samples of patients hospitalized in Myanmar. These isolates were resistant to carbapenems but susceptible to colistin. All eight isolates were positive for a carbapenemase inactivation method, CIMTrisII, and seven were positive on an immunochromatographic assay for NDM-type MBL. One isolate was highly resistant to aminoglycosides. Whole genome sequencing showed that seven isolates harbored blaNDM-1 and one harbored blaVIM-2, with these genes located on the chromosome. One isolate harbored blaNDM-1 and rmtC, a gene encoding 16S rRNA methylase. Five types of genomic environments surrounding blaNDM-1 and blaVIM-2 were detected in these eight isolates, with four isolates having the same type. These data indicate that P. asiatica harboring genes encoding carbapenemases, including blaNDM-1 and blaVIM-2, are spreading in medical settings in Myanmar.

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Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Carbapenem; Beta-lactams; Aminoglycosides; Pseudomonas asiatica; Myanmar.


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