Antibiotic resistance pattern of Acinetobacter baumannii from burns patients: increase in prevalence of blaOXA-24-like and blaOXA-58-like genes

  • Niloofar Tafreshi Department of Biology, Islamshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Islamshahr, Iran
  • Laleh Babaeekhou Department of Biology, Islamshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Islamshahr, Iran
  • Maryam Ghane Department of Biology, Islamshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Islamshahr, Iran
Acinetobacter baumannii; Antibiotic susceptibility; Carbapenem; OXA beta-lactamases


Background and Objectives: Notwithstanding the increased prevalence of Acinetobacter baumannii drug-resistant isolates, treatment options are progressively limiting. This study aims to provide a recent report on antibiotic susceptibility in burn wound isolates of A. baumannii, and the importance of OXA beta-lactamases in carbapenem resistance.
Materials and Methods: The susceptibility levels to different antimicrobial categories were determined among 84 A. baumannii isolates from burn wound infection between 2016 and 2018. Multiplex PCR was used to detect OXA beta-lactamases genes, including blaOXA-51, blaOXA-23, blaOXA-24 and blaOXA-58. ISAba-1 association with blaOXA-51, blaOXA-23 and blaOXA-58 was detected by PCR mapping.
Results: All the isolates were determined as multidrug-resistant (MDR) and 69% as extensively drug-resistant (XDR). Different carbapenems MIC ranges (MIC50 and MIC90) were observed among the isolates harboring blaOXA-like genes and isolates with the OXA-24-like enzyme showed higher carbapenems MIC ranges. The prevalence of blaOXA-51-like, blaOXA-23-like, blaOXA-24-like and blaOXA-58-like were 100%, 53.57%, 41.66% and 30.95%, respectively. ISAba-1 insertion sequence was found to be upstream to blaOXA-23-like and blaOXA-58-like genes in 23 out of 45 (71.1%) blaOXA-23-like-positive and 4 out of 23 (15.3) blaOXA-58-like-positive isolates, respectively.
Conclusion: Resistance to carbapenems as the last resort for treatment of A. baumannii infections is growing. This study, for the first time in Iran, has observed the increased frequency of blaOXA-24-like and blaOXA-58-like genes and found an association between ISAba-1 and blaOXA-58-like gene, which signifies the possible risk of increased diversity in OXA beta-lactamases and growth in carbapenem resistance.


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Tafreshi N, Babaeekhou L, Ghane M. Antibiotic resistance pattern of Acinetobacter baumannii from burns patients: increase in prevalence of blaOXA-24-like and blaOXA-58-like genes. Iran J Microbiol. 11(6):502-509.
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