|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 437-438
In vitro fosfomycin susceptibility against carbapenem-resistant or extended-spectrum beta–lactamase-producing gram-negative fosfomycin-naive uropathogens: An alluring option or an illusion
Manisa Sahu1, Sanjith Saseedharan2, Pallavi Bhalekar1
1 Department of Microbiology, S. L. Raheja - Fortis Associate Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Critical Care, S. L. Raheja - Fortis Associate Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Department of Critical Care, S. L. Raheja - Fortis Associate Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Sahu M, Saseedharan S, Bhalekar P. In vitro fosfomycin susceptibility against carbapenem-resistant or extended-spectrum beta–lactamase-producing gram-negative fosfomycin-naive uropathogens: An alluring option or an illusion. Indian J Med Microbiol 2017;35:437-8
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Sahu M, Saseedharan S, Bhalekar P. In vitro fosfomycin susceptibility against carbapenem-resistant or extended-spectrum beta–lactamase-producing gram-negative fosfomycin-naive uropathogens: An alluring option or an illusion. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2018 Oct 22];35:437-8. Available from: http://www.ijmm.org/text.asp?2017/35/3/437/216612
Treating infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative pathogens presents major problems, in hospital as well as community setup. Treatment options are limited. When looking for alternate treatment options, fosfomycin, an old but broad-spectrum antibiotic, comes into mind. Fosfomycin coverage includes a wide spectrum of the Gram-negative bacteria as well as Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Enterococcus., Fosfomycin is a small molecule that inhibits the first step in peptidoglycan (cell wall) synthesis by acting as an analogue of phosphoenolpyruvate. The activity of fosfomycin was evaluated against 68 KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates, 23 of which were non-susceptible to tigecycline and/or colistin. The susceptibility rates were 93% for the overall group, 87% for the group non-susceptible to tigecycline and/or colistin and 83% (5 of 6 isolates) for the extremely drug-resistant subgroup that was non-susceptible to tigecycline and colistin. In a study, the activity of antibiotics was evaluated against 81 carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) isolates from the UK. Colistin was active against 75/81 isolates (92.6%). Colistin resistance was seen in 3/52 Klebsiella spp. Fosfomycin was active against 49/81 isolates (60.5%), including 25/52 Klebsiella, 7/7 Escherichia More Details coli, 16/20 Enterobacter and Citrobacter spp. Tigecycline was active against 38/81 isolates (46.9%) including 21/52 Klebsiella spp. There are few data available from India on the susceptibility of fosfomycin.
We did a prospective, non-randomised study of all laboratory-certified extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae and CRE isolates in a period of 3 months between July and September 2014, in a tertiary care hospital in Mumbai. The ESBL and CRE isolates were verified by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines using VITEK 2 automated system.
Specimens were processed using enriched Mueller-Hinton medium supplemented with 25 mg/L of glucose-6-phosphate with CLSI-approved fosfomycin E-test methods, with fosfomycin gradient concentrations ranging from 0.04 to 1024 μg/ml. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of ≤64 μg was considered sensitive, 128 μg as intermediate and ≥256 μg as resistant to fosfomycin as per the CLSI 2013 guideline for E. coli and other Enterobacteriaceae urinary isolates.
A total of 24 ESBL only and 55 CRE plus ESBL urinary isolates were tested. The baseline characteristic of the isolates is illustrated in [Table 1]. The susceptibilities of Enterobacteriaceae to fosfomycin are illustrated in [Table 2]. Five isolates had a MIC range in the intermediate susceptibility range.
The MIC distribution of fosfomycin ranged from 0.25 to 1024 for the CRE isolates, with a median MIC of 16 μg/ml. Maximum susceptibility was for colistin, with only two isolates, one E. coli and one K. pneumoniae isolate being resistant to colistin as well, followed by amikacin. CR-Klebsiella showed lower level of susceptibility (23.6%) to fosfomycin.
Our results are not very promising as compared to the various studies from India and abroad. Fosfomycin showed excellent effectiveness to most of the common ESBL-producing bacteria such as E. coli (93%) and Klebsiella (64%) in a study by Khan et al.
Noin vitro resistance was seen for fosfomycin among the ESBL- and AmpC-producing E. coli uropathogens in another study by Gupta et al., suggesting it as a newer choice of drug (although not new) in future. Our study is comparable to Chitra et al., showing high susceptibility of CR-E. coli to fosfomycin, 95.1%. However, CR-Klebsiella will still be a concern, with much lower sensitivity to fosfomycin, as was in the study by Chitra et al.
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