Characterisation of Aeromonas spp. isolated from frozen fish intended for human consumption in Mexico

Int J Food Microbiol. 2003 Jul 15;84(1):41-9. doi: 10.1016/s0168-1605(02)00393-8.


A total of 82 strains of presumptive Aeromonas spp. were identified biochemically and genetically (16S rDNA-RFLP). The strains were isolated from 250 samples of frozen fish (Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus niloticus) purchased in local markets in Mexico City. In the present study, we detected the presence of several genes encoding for putative virulence factors and phenotypic activities that may play an important role in bacterial infection. In addition, we studied the antimicrobial patterns of those strains. Molecular identification demonstrated that the prevalent species in frozen fish were Aeromonas salmonicida (67.5%) and Aeromonas bestiarum (20.9%), accounting for 88.3% of the isolates, while the other strains belonged to the species Aeromonas veronii (5.2%), Aeromonas encheleia (3.9%) and Aeromonas hydrophila (2.6%). Detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of genes encoding putative virulence factors common in Aeromonas, such as aerolysin/hemolysin, lipases including the glycerophospholipid-cholesterol acyltransferase (GCAT), serine protease and DNases, revealed that they were all common in these strains. Our results showed that first generation quinolones and second and third generation cephalosporins were the drugs with the best antimicrobial effect against Aeromonas spp. In Mexico, there have been few studies on Aeromonas and its putative virulence factors. The present work therefore highlights an important incidence of Aeromonas spp., with virulence potential and antimicrobial resistance, isolated from frozen fish intended for human consumption in Mexico City.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aeromonas / classification*
  • Aeromonas / drug effects
  • Aeromonas / enzymology
  • Aeromonas / genetics
  • Animals
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology*
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • DNA, Ribosomal / analysis
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial
  • Food Microbiology
  • Frozen Foods / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Mexico
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Phenotype
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Seafood / microbiology*
  • Tilapia / microbiology*
  • Virulence / genetics


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S