Metallo-Beta-Lactamase Producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a Healthcare Setting in Alexandria, Egypt


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Metallo-Beta-Lactamase Producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a Healthcare Setting in Alexandria, Egypt

Amani F. Abaza * / Soraya A. El Shazly / Heba S.A. Selim / Gehan S.A. Aly

Keywords : Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Epsilometer test, metallo-beta-lactamases, MBL encoding genes

Citation Information : Polish Journal of Microbiology. Volume 66, Issue 3, Pages 297-308, DOI:

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Received Date : 07-December-2016 / Accepted: 05-May-2017 / Published Online: 27-September-2017



Pseudomonas aeruginosa has emerged as a major healthcare associated pathogen that creates a serious public health disaster in both develop­ing and developed countries. In this work we aimed at studying the occurrence of metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL) producing P. aeruginosa in a healthcare setting in Alexandria, Egypt. This cross sectional study included 1583 clinical samples that were collected from patients admit­ted to Alexandria University Students’ Hospital. P. aeruginosa isolates were identified using standard microbiological methods and were tested for their antimicrobial susceptibility patterns using single disc diffusion method according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute recommendations. Thirty P. aeruginosa isolates were randomly selected and tested for their MBL production by both phenotypic and genotypic methods. Diagnostic Epsilometer test was done to detect metallo-beta-lactamase enzyme producers and polymerase chain reaction test was done to detect imipenemase (IMP), Verona integron-encoded (VIM) and Sao Paulo metallo-beta-lactamase (IMP) encod­ing genes. Of the 1583 clinical samples, 175 (11.3%) P. aeruginosa isolates were identified. All the 30 (100%) selected P. aeruginosa isolates that were tested for MBL production by Epsilometer test were found to be positive; where 19 (63.3%) revealed blaSPM gene and 11 (36.7%) had blaIMP gene. blaVIM gene was not detected in any of the tested isolates. Isolates of MBL producing P. aeruginosa were highly susceptible to polymyxin B 26 (86.7%) and highly resistant to amikacin 26 (86.7%). MBL producers were detected phenotypically by Epsilometer test in both carbapenem susceptible and resistant P. aeruginosa isolates. blaSPM was the most commonly detected MBL gene in P. aeruginosa isolates.

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