Molecular analysis of Klebsiella pneumoniae strains isolated in pediatric wards by ribotyping, pulsed field gel electrophoresis and antimicrobial susceptibilities

Citation
La. Sechi et al., Molecular analysis of Klebsiella pneumoniae strains isolated in pediatric wards by ribotyping, pulsed field gel electrophoresis and antimicrobial susceptibilities, MICROBIOLO, 24(1), 2001, pp. 35-45
Citations number
21
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Microbiology
Journal title
MICROBIOLOGICA
ISSN journal
1121-7138 → ACNP
Volume
24
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
35 - 45
Database
ISI
SICI code
1121-7138(200101)24:1<35:MAOKPS>2.0.ZU;2-R
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate the usefulness of different mo lecular typing techniques in the surveillance and control of the spread of extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-(ESBL) producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in the pediatric department of the "Agostino Gemelli" hospital of the Catholic University in Rome, over a period of nine months. The strains were charact erized by ribotyping using HindIII as restriction enzyme and pulsed field g el electrophoresis (PFGE) using XbaI as endonuclease. Sixty six K. pneumoni ae clinical strains were isolated during this period, the first 32 were iso lated in the summer of 1998. Among these first isolates, ribotyping generat ed 26 different patterns whereas PFGE produced 16 patterns. The remaining 3 4 strains were isolated during January and April 1999 and all of them were ESBL producers. Ribotyping clustered the strains into 6 patterns whereas PF GE generated only 3 patterns. PCR revealed the presence in 10 isolates of b oth bla(TEM) and bla(SHV) genes and 24 strains carried only the bla(SHV) ge ne. In our experience ribotyping revealed a higher power of differentiation with respect to PFGE and was of great help in the surveillance of the infe ction.