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Distribution of ciprofloxacin-resistance genes among ST131 and non-ST131 clones of Escherichia coli isolates with ESBL phenotypes isolated from women with urinary tract infection


Background and Objectives: Escherichia coli (E. coli) sequence type 131 (ST131) is associated with extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) production and fluoroquinolone resistance. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of ST131, ESBL, and plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR) genes in the ciprofloxacin-resistant (CIPR) and ESBL producers from women with UTI.
Materials and Methods: The CIP-resistant ESBL producing (CIPR/ESBL+) E. coli isolates were screened for ST131-by specific PCR of mdh and gyrB. The ESBL and PMQR genes were screened by single PCR. The ST131 and non-ST131 isolates were selected to determine the mutations of gyrA and parC using PCR and sequencing, and also their genetic background by the Pasteur-MLST scheme.
Results: Overall, 55% (33/60) CIPR/ESBL+ isolates were identified as ST131 (94% O25b-ST131). Resistance rate to ampicillin-sulbactam (70%), aztreonam (97%) and gentamicin (61%), the prevalence of aac(6′)-Ib-cr (66%), blaCTX-M-15 (82%), the profile of qnrS+aac(6′)-Ib-cr (30%), and the double mutation in the parC was significantly higher in ST131 than non-ST131 isolates. The coexistence of PMQR and ESBL genes was found in more than 50% of ST131 and non-ST131 isolates. ST131 isolates differentiated into PST43 and PST506.
Conclusion: Management of women with UTI caused by the CIPR/ESBL+ isolates (ST131) co-harbored PMQR, ESBL, and chromosomal mutations, is important for their effective therapy.

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Urinary tract infections; Uropathogenic Escherichia coli; Fluoroquinolones; Beta-lactamase CTX-M-15; Multilocus sequence typing

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Rasoulinasab M, Shahcheraghi F, Feizabadi MM, Nikmanesh B, Hajihasani A, Aslani MM. Distribution of ciprofloxacin-resistance genes among ST131 and non-ST131 clones of Escherichia coli isolates with ESBL phenotypes isolated from women with urinary tract infection. Iran J Microbiol. 13(3):294-302.