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Enterococcus gallinarum carrying the vanA gene cluster: first report in Brazil

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Enterococcus gallinarum carrying the vanA gene cluster: first report in Brazil

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Título Enterococcus gallinarum carrying the vanA gene cluster: first report in Brazil
Autor Camargo, I. L. B. C.
Barth, Afonso Luis
Oliveira, Kátia Ruschel Pilger de
Seligman, Beatriz Graeff Santos
Machado, A. R. L.
Darini, A.L.C.
Abstract In 2000, Enterococcus faecalis resistant to vancomycin was first reported at a tertiary hospital in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. The resistance spread to other hospitals and surveillance programs were established by hospital infection committees to prevent the spread of vancomycin-resistant enterococci. In February 2002, an isolate initially identified at the genus level as Enterococcus was obtained by surveillance culture (rectal swab) from a patient admitted to a hospital for treatment of septic arthritis in the shoulder. The isolate proved to be resistant to vancomycin by the disc diffusion method and confirmed by an E-test resulting in a minimal inhibitory concentration of ≥256 μg/ml. This isolate was sent to a reference laboratory (Laboratório Especial de Bacteriologia e Epidemiologia Molecular, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto, USP) for further study and proved to be an E. gallinarum by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using specific primers for the species. Due to the phenotype of unusually high vancomycin resistance, the isolate presumably had the resistance genes (vanA and vanB) and this was confirmed by PCR, which indicated the presence of the vanA gene. A 10.8-kb Tn1546- related transposon was also identified by long-PCR. Interspecies transfer of the vancomycin-resistance gene from the donor E. gallinarum was performed in a successful conjugation experiment in vitro, using E. faecium GE-1 and E. faecalis JH22 as receptors. This is the first report of the detection of a vanA determinant naturally acquired by E. gallinarum in Brazil, indicating the importance of characterizing VRE by both phenotype and genotype methods.
Contido em Brazilian journal of medical and biological research. Ribeirão Preto, SP. Vol. 37, no. 11 (Nov. 2004), p. 1669-1671
Assunto Enterococcus
Enterococcus gallinarum
Resistência à vancomicina
[en] Enterococcus gallinarum
[en] Resistance
[en] VanA phenotype
[en] Vancomycin
Origem Nacional
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/21181
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