Complete genetic analysis of plasmids carrying mcr-1 and other resistance genes in an Escherichia coli isolate of animal origin

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-699
Journal / PublicationJournal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Volume72
Issue number3
Online published19 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the genetic features of three plasmids recovered from an MCR-1 and ESBL-producing Escherichia coli strain, HYEC7, and characterize the transmission mechanism of mcr-1Methods: The genetic profiles of three plasmids were determined by PCR, S1-PFGE, Southern hybridization and WGS analysis. The ability of the mcr-1-bearing plasmid to undergo conjugation was also assessed. The mcr-1-bearing transposon Tn6330 was characterized by PCR and DNA sequencing. Results: Complete sequences of three plasmids were obtained. A non-conjugative phage P7-like plasmid, pHYEC7-mcr1, was found to harbour the mcr-1-bearing transposon Tn6330, which could be excised from the plasmid by generating a circular intermediate harbouring mcr-1 and the ISApl1 element. The insertion of the circular intermediate into another plasmid, pHYEC7-IncHI2, could form pHNSHP45-2, the original IncHI2-type mcr-1-carrying plasmid that was reported. The third plasmid, pHYEC7-110, harboured two replicons, IncX1 and IncFIB, and comprised multiple antimicrobial resistance mobile elements, some of which were shared by pHYEC7-IncHI2. Conclusions: The Tn6330 element located in the phage-like plasmid pHYEC7-mcr1 could be excised from the plasmid and formed a circular intermediate that could be integrated into plasmids containing the ISApl1 element. This phenomenon indicated that Tn6330 is a key element responsible for widespread dissemination of mcr-1 among various types of plasmids and bacterial chromosomes. The dissemination rate of such an element may be further enhanced upon translocation into phage-like vectors, which may also be transmitted via transduction events.

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Complete genetic analysis of plasmids carrying mcr-1 and other resistance genes in an Escherichia coli isolate of animal origin. / Li, Ruichao; Xie, Miaomiao; Lv, Jingzhang; Chan, Edward Wai-Chi; Chen, Sheng.

In: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Vol. 72, No. 3, 03.2017, p. 696-699.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review