Characterization of the Genetic Environment of the bla<inf>VEB-4</inf> Gene, Associated with a Transposable Region in a Proteus mirabilis Clinical Isolate

Paula Espinal, Elisenda Miró, Laia Ramoneda, Manel Flores, Alba Rivera, Pere Coll, Ferran Navarro

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Abstract

© Copyright 2017, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2017. Proteus mirabilis is the second most common cause of urinary tract infections and is also an important cause of nosocomial infections. TEM-type and CTX-M-type extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) are the most widely distributed in this bacterial species, but minor ESBLs such as the VEB-type have also been identified. The aim of this study was to analyze the genetic environment of the blaVEB-4 gene found in a P. mirabilis clinical isolate recovered in Spain. P. mirabilis N2231 showed resistance to penicillins, cephalosporins, and aminoglycosides, remaining susceptible to imipenem, cefoxitin, β-lactamases inhibitors, and quinolones. Southern blot analysis revealed that blaVEB-4 was located in the chromosome. Analysis of the blaVEB-4 genetic context revealed a 15 kb segment 98% identical to the multidrug resistance (MDR) region of a Salmonella genomic island 1 (SGI1), which included a class 1 integron belonging to the In104 family, previously described in blaVEB-6-producing P. mirabilis VB1248. blaVEB-4 was surrounded by repeat elements, transposon Tn1721, and located on a class 1 integron containing aacA4-aadB-dfrA1-orfC genes. The blaVEB-4 gene was inserted in a complex structure of a class 1 integron, which is part of an MDR region of an SGI1, possibly involved in the mobilization of the gene and homologous recombination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-837
JournalMicrobial Drug Resistance
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • VEB enzymes
  • class A β-lactamases
  • transposon Tn1721

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