Reduced #ceftazidime and #ertapenem susceptibility due to production of #OXA-2 in #Klebsiella pneumoniae ST258 (J Antimicrob Chemother., abstract)

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Reduced ceftazidime and ertapenem susceptibility due to production of OXA-2 in Klebsiella pneumoniaeST258

Alina Iovleva, Roberta T Mettus, Christi L McElheny, Mustapha M Mustapha, Daria Van Tyne, Ryan K Shields, A William Pasculle, Vaughn S Cooper, Yohei Doi

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, dkz183,

Published: 24 May 2019




OXA-2 is a class D β-lactamase that confers resistance to penicillins, as well as narrow-spectrum cephalosporins. OXA-2 was recently reported to also possess carbapenem-hydrolysing activity. Here, we describe a KPC-2-encoding Klebsiella pneumoniae isolate that demonstrated reduced susceptibility to ceftazidime and ertapenem due to production of OXA-2.


To elucidate the role of OXA-2 production in reduced ceftazidime and ertapenem susceptibility in a K. pneumoniae ST258 clinical isolate.


MICs were determined by the agar dilution method. WGS was conducted to identify and compare resistance genes between isolates. Expression of KPC-2 was quantified by quantitative RT–PCR and immunoblotting. OXA-2 was expressed in Escherichia coli TOP10, as well as in K. pneumoniae ATCC 13883, to define the relative contribution of OXA-2 in β-lactam resistance. Kinetic studies were conducted using purified OXA-2 enzyme.


K. pneumoniae 1761 belonged to ST258 and carried both blaKPC-2 and blaOXA-2. However, expression of blaKPC-2 was substantially reduced due to an IS1294insertion in the promoter region. K. pneumoniae 1761, K. pneumoniae ATCC 13883 and E. coli TOP10 carrying blaOXA-2-harbouring plasmids showed reduced susceptibility to ertapenem and ceftazidime, but meropenem, imipenem and cefepime were unaffected. blaOXA-2 was carried on a 2910 bp partial class 1 integron containing aacA4-blaOXA-2-qacEΔ1-sul1 on an IncA/C2plasmid, which was not present in the earlier ST258 isolates possessing blaKPC-2 with intact promoters. Hydrolysis of ertapenem by OXA-2 was confirmed using purified enzyme.


Production of OXA-2 was associated with reduced ceftazidime and ertapenem susceptibility in a K. pneumoniae ST258 isolate.


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Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Beta-lactams; Carbapenem; Ceftazidime; Ertapenem; Meropenem; Imipenem; Cefepime.