[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
Volume 26, Number 2—February 2020 / Research
Novel Subclone of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae Sequence Type 11 with Enhanced Virulence and Transmissibility, China
Kai Zhou1, Tingting Xiao1, Sophia David1, Qin Wang, Yanzi Zhou, Lihua Guo, David Aanensen, Kathryn E. Holt, Nicholas R. Thomson, Hajo Grundmann2, Ping Shen2, and Yonghong Xiao2
Author affiliations: First Affiliated Hospital of Southern University of Science and Technology (Shenzhen People’s Hospital); Shenzhen, China (K. Zhou); The Second Clinical Medical College of Jinan University, Shenzhen (K. Zhou); Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (T. Xiao, Q. Wang, Y. Zhou, L. Guo, P. Shen, Y. Xiao); Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance, Cambridge, UK (S. David, D. Aanensen); University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (K.-E. Holt); London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK (K.E. Holt, N.R. Thomson); Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre, Cambridge (N.R. Thomson); University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (H. Grundmann).
We aimed to clarify the epidemiologic and clinical importance of evolutionary events that occurred in carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP). We collected 203 CRKP causing bloodstream infections in a tertiary hospital in China during 2013–2017. We detected a subclonal shift in the dominant clone sequence type (ST) 11 CRKP in which the previously prevalent capsular loci (KL) 47 had been replaced by KL64 since 2016. Patients infected with ST11-KL64 CRKP had a significantly higher 30-day mortality rate than other CRKP-infected patients. Enhanced virulence was further evidenced by phenotypic tests. Phylogenetic reconstruction demonstrated that ST11-KL64 is derived from an ST11-KL47–like ancestor through recombination. We identified a pLVPK-like virulence plasmid carrying rmpA and peg-344 in ST11-KL64 exclusively from 2016 onward. The pLVPK-like–positive ST11-KL64 isolates exhibited enhanced environmental survival. Retrospective screening of a national collection identified ST11-KL64 in multiple regions. Targeted surveillance of this high-risk CRKP clone is urgently needed.
Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Carbapenem; Klebsiella pneumoniae; China.