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Infections caused by fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli following transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy of the prostate



Infections caused by fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli following transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy of the prostate



Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance 2(2): 71-76



An increase in the number of infections with fluoroquinolone (FQ)-resistant Escherichia coli following transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy of the prostate (TRUBP) was observed in Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This study investigated whether these infections were caused by a single strain of E. coli possessing distinct resistance and virulence determinants. Of 15 patients with urinary tract infection, 5 were complicated with bacteraemia and 1 with prostate abscess. Thirteen FQ-resistant isolates demonstrated mutations in the quinolone resistance-determining regions (QRDRs) of gyrA and parC but did not contain plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance determinants; blaCTX-M and blaCMY as well as genes coding for extended-spectrum β-lactamases were also absent. Genes encoding aminoglycoside-modifying enzymes were discovered in an isolate that was gentamicin-resistant. The most prevalent sequence type (ST) was ST43 (n = 7), corresponding to ST131 in Achtman's multilocus sequence typing (MLST) scheme. These isolates (i) were distinguished as >95% similar by repetitive sequence-based PCR (rep-PCR), (ii) belonged to the virulent phylogenetic group B2 and (iii) contained plasmid types FIB, FIA and Frep. Several other strain types were present (ST2, ST27, ST30, ST44, ST472, ST494, ST511 and ST627). Non-ST43 isolates infected patients with more co-morbidities but contained similar virulence factors (kpsMTII, iutA, papAH/papC and sfa/focDE). In our hospital, E. coli isolates causing TRUBP-related infection are quite heterogeneous (ST131 and other ST types) and are part of phylogenetic groups containing multiple virulence factors.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jgar.2013.07.003


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