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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 442-447

Plasmid mediated quinolone resistance determinants qnr, aac(6′)-Ib-cr, and qep in ESBL-producing Escherichia coli clinical isolates from Egypt

1 Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Helwan University, Egypt
2 Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt

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RAA Domany
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Helwan University
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.103766

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Purpose: To characterize the prevalence of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance determinants qnr, aac(6′)-Ib-cr and qep in extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) -producing E. coli and to determine the association of these determinants with CTX-M group in Cairo, Egypt. Materials and Methods: MICs of 15 antimicrobial agents against 70 E. coli clinical isolates were determined using agar dilution technique according to CLSI. Screening for the qnrA, qnrB, qnrS, aac(6′)-Ib, qep and CTX-M genes was carried out by PCR amplification and DNA sequencing. Curing was used to confirm whether qnr, aac(6′)-Ib, qep or ESBL-encoding genes were located on plasmids. Results: Out of 70 E. coli clinical isolates, 61 were resistant to at least one antibiotic, 16 (22.8%) were multidrug resistant and 30 (42%) were ESBL producers. Out of 30 ESBL producers E. coli isolates, 8 (26.6%) were positive for qnr genes, and the qnrA1-, qnrB1-and qnrS1-type genes were detected alone or in combination in 5 (16.6%), 7 (23.3%) and 5 (16.6%) isolates, respectively. Seven (23.3%) isolates were positive for aac(6′)-Ib-cr and only two (6.6%) isolates were positive for qepA4. Loss of all plasmids upon curing suggested that qnr, aac(6′)-Ib-cr , qep A4 and ESBL-encoding genes were always plasmid mediated. Out of 8 Qnr positive isolates 5 were associated with both CTX-M-1 and CTX-M-9 while 2 from 6 aac(6′)-Ib-cr positive isolates were associated with both CTX-M-1 and CTX-M-9. Conclusions: This study highlights the prevalence of quinolone resistance determinants qnr, aac(6′)-Ib-cr , qep A4 associated with CTX-M positive E. coli isolates from Egypt. This is the first report of the plasmid mediated fluoroquinolone efflux pump, Qep A from Egypt.


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