Emergence of blaCTX-M-15, blaTEM-169 and blaPER-1 extended-spectrum β-lactamase genes among different Salmonella enterica serovars from human faecal samples


Mercedeh Tajbakhsh, Mohammad Yaghoobi Avini, Jahan Alikhajeh, Elahe Tajeddin, Mohammad Rahbar, Parisa Eslami, Masoud Alebouyeh & Mohammad Reza Zali


Background: Broad-spectrum β-lactams are used for empirical therapy of severe infections with non-typhoid Salmonella serotypes; however, activities of these drugs against the strains producing different β-lactamase is not so clear. This study investigated the prevalence of β-lactamase genes among isolates of S. enterica serovars from human faecal samples and determined their diversity in activity against different β-lactams.

Methods: Antimicrobial resistance of faecal isolates of S. enterica to extended-spectrum cephalosporins was analysed and MIC values were determined for the strains presenting extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) phenotypes. The β-lactamase genes were identified by PCR and sequencing. β-lactamase activity of the Salmonella strains exhibiting ESBL phenotype was detected by biological, iodometric, spectrophotometry and nitrocefin assays.

Results: Out of 202 S. enterica isolates, ESBLs phenotype was detected among 3.4% (7/202) of the strains. blaTEM-1 and blaCTX-M-15 were among the frequent β-lactamase genes. Detection of blaTEM-169 in S. enterica serovar Typhimurium and S. enterica serovar Bredeney and blaPER-1 in S. enterica serovar Infantis was a new finding in this experiment. Location of blaCTX-M-15/blaTEM-169/blaPER-1 genes on plasmid was confirmed in a transformation experiment. While crude extracts of the enzymes from each strain showed higher activity against cephalothin and cefotaxime, the lowest activity was detected against ceftazidime. The greatest synergistic activity was seen in a strain of S. enterica that carried blaCTX-M-15 and blaPER-1 genes compared with those presenting blaCTX-M-15/blaTEM-169 or blaCTX-M-15/blaTEM-1 genotypes.

Conclusions: The results show dissemination of ESBLs encoding genes and their combined activity among different serovars of S. enterica that are a threat for future treatment options.


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