Prevalence and molecular epidemiology of mcr-1-positive Klebsiella pneumoniae in healthy adults from China

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

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Author(s)

  • Jiayue Lu
  • Ning Dong
  • Congcong Liu
  • Yu Zeng
  • Qiaoling Sun
  • Hongwei Zhou
  • Yanyan Hu
  • Zhangqi Shen
  • Rong Zhang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2485-2494
Journal / PublicationThe Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy
Volume75
Issue number9
Online published9 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the nationwide prevalence of mcr-1-positive Klebsiella pneumoniae (MCRPKP) strains among healthy adults in China and identify their phenotypic and genomic characterizations.

Methods: A total of 7401 rectal swab samples were collected from healthy individuals in 30 hospitals located in 30 provinces and municipalities of mainland China in 2016. Colistin-resistant bacteria were enriched in colistin-supplemented lysogeny broth. MCRPKP strains were isolated and characterized with MALDI-TOF MS, PCR analysis and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. The genomic characteristics of MCRPKP strains were determined by WGS and bioinformatics analysis.

Results: Seven MCRPKP strains and one mcr-1-positive Klebsiella variicola strain were selectively isolated from six locales (three from Henan and one from each of Tianjin, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Gansu and Tibet). Antimicrobial susceptibility testing results indicated that all mcr-1-positive strains were susceptible to meropenem, aztreonam and ceftazidime/avibactam. WGS analysis suggested these strains belonged to seven distinct STs: ST15, ST1425, ST1462, ST273, ST307, ST391 and ST37-SLV. mcr-1 genes were carried by diverse plasmids, including IncHI2 (n = 3), IncX4 (n = 2), IncHI2/IncN (n = 1), IncFIB (n = 1) and one other plasmid type. Two ST15 strains harboured both mcr-1 and mcr-8 genes, which has not been reported before.

Conclusions: Our data indicated a low prevalence of mcr-1-positive Klebsiella strains (0.11%, 8/7401) in healthy individuals in mainland China and most of these strains remained susceptible to clinically important antibiotics. The prevalence and coexistence of mcr-1 and mcr-8 in K. pneumoniae may further threaten public health through either the food chain or environmental routes.

Citation Format(s)

Prevalence and molecular epidemiology of mcr-1-positive Klebsiella pneumoniae in healthy adults from China. / Lu, Jiayue; Dong, Ning; Liu, Congcong; Zeng, Yu; Sun, Qiaoling; Zhou, Hongwei; Hu, Yanyan; Chen, Sheng; Shen, Zhangqi; Zhang, Rong.

In: The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy, Vol. 75, No. 9, 09.2020, p. 2485-2494.

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