Multiple antibiotic-resistance mechanisms including a novel combination of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases in a Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical strain isolated in Argentina

J Antimicrob Chemother. 2003 Jul;52(1):36-42. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkg281. Epub 2003 May 29.


Klebsiella pneumoniae M1803, isolated from a paediatric patient with chronic urinary infection, presented nine antimicrobial resistance mechanisms harboured on two conjugative megaplasmids, in addition to the chromosomally mediated SHV-1 beta-lactamase. These nine antimicrobial resistance mechanisms comprised two extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) (PER-2 and CTX-M-2), TEM-1-like, OXA-9-like, AAC(3)-IIa, AAC(6')-Ib, ANT(3")-Ia and resistance determinants to tetracycline and chloramphenicol. During fluoroquinolone treatment, a variant derived from M1803 (named M1826) was selected, with an overall increase of MICs, in particular of cefoxitin and carbapenems. No enzymic activity against these latter drugs was found. Mutations in the region analogous to the quinolone resistance-determining region were not found. Strain M1826 was deficient in OmpK35/36 expression, which produced the decrease in the susceptibility to cefoxitin, carbapenems and fluoroquinolones. The blaCTX-M-2 gene was located in an unusual class 1 integron, which includes Orf513, as occurred in the recently described In35. In addition, Tn3 and Tn1331 were detected in both K. pneumoniae isolates. This is the first report of in vivo selection of an OmpK35/36 deficiency in a K. pneumoniae strain that produced a novel combination of two ESBLs (CTX-M-2 and PER-2) during fluoroquinolone treatment in a paediatric patient with chronic urinary infection.

MeSH terms

  • Argentina
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / metabolism
  • Conjugation, Genetic
  • DNA Primers
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Drug Resistance, Multiple, Bacterial
  • Escherichia coli / genetics
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Isoelectric Focusing
  • Klebsiella Infections / microbiology*
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae / drug effects*
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae / enzymology*
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae / genetics
  • Male
  • Plasmids / genetics
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • beta-Lactamases / genetics*


  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins
  • DNA Primers
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • beta-Lactamases