Emergence of oxacillinase-mediated resistance to imipenem in Klebsiella pneumoniae

Poirel L., Heritier C., Tolun V., Nordmann P.

ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS AND CHEMOTHERAPY, vol.48, no.1, pp.15-22, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1128/aac.48.1.15-22.2004
  • Page Numbers: pp.15-22


Klebsiella pneumoniae strain 11978 was isolated in Turkey in 2001 and was found to be resistant to all beta-lactams, including carbapenems. Cloning and expression in Escherichia coli identified five beta-lactamases, including two novel oxacillinases. The beta-lactamase OXA-48 hydrolyzed imipenem at a high level and was remotely related (less than 46% amino acid identity) to the other oxacillinases. It hydrolyzed penicillins and imipenem but not expanded-spectrum cephalosporins. The bla(OXA-48) gene was plasmid encoded and not associated with an integron, in contrast to most of the oxacillinase genes. An insertion sequence, IS1999, was found immediately upstream of bla(OXA-48). Another plasmid that encoded a second oxacillinase gene, bla(OXA-47), located inside a class 1 integron was identified in K. pneumoniae 11978. OYA-47 had a narrow spectrum of hydrolysis activity and did not hydrolyze ceftazidime or imipenem, as is found for the beta-lactamase (OXA-1) to which it is related. In addition, beta-lactamases TEM-1 and SHV-2a were expressed from the same K. pneumoniae isolate. Analysis of the outer membrane proteins of this isolate revealed that it lacked a porin of ca. 36 kDa. Thus, the high-level resistance to beta-lactams of this clinical isolate resulted from peculiar beta-lactamases and modification of outer membrane proteins.