Activity of #imipenem / #relebactam against #carbapenemase-producing #Enterobacteriaceae with high #colistin resistance (J Antimicrob Chemother., abstract)

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Activity of imipenem/relebactam against carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae with high colistin resistance

Jessica Carpenter, Nick Neidig, Alex Campbell, Tanner Thornsberry, Taylor Truex,Tiffany Fortney, Yunliang Zhang, Karen Bush

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, dkz354,

Published: 20 August 2019




Imipenem/relebactam, an investigational β-lactam/β-lactamase inhibitor combination for treatment of Gram-negative infections, and comparators including ceftazidime/avibactam, piperacillin/tazobactam and colistin were tested for activity against representative carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) isolates.


MICs of the antimicrobial agents were determined using standard broth microdilution methodology for CPE isolates collected from Indiana patients, primarily during the time frame of 2013–17 (n = 199 of a total of 200 isolates). Inhibitors were tested at 4 mg/L in all combinations.


Of the CPE in the study, 199 produced plasmid-encoded KPC class A carbapenemases; 1 Serratia marcescens isolate produced the SME-1 chromosomal class A carbapenemase. MIC50/MIC90 values of imipenem/relebactam were ≤0.25/0.5 mg/L, whereas MIC50/MIC90 values of ceftazidime/avibactam were 1/2 mg/L. Resistance to colistin was observed in 54% (n = 97) of 180 non-Serratia isolates tested (MIC50 of 4 mg/L). Colistin resistance mechanisms included production of a plasmid-encoded mcr-1-like gene (n = 2) or an inactivated mgrB gene.


Imipenem/relebactam was the most potent agent tested against CPE in this study and may be a useful addition to the antimicrobial armamentarium to treat infections caused by these pathogens.


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Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Carbapenem; Colistin; MCR1; Enterobacteriaceae; Imipenem; Relebactam.


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