Vancomycin-resistant enterococci among clinical isolates from north-west Iran: Identification of therapeutic surrogates

Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
Journal of Medical Microbiology (Impact Factor: 2.25). 12/2011; 61(Pt 4):600-2. DOI: 10.1099/jmm.0.036780-0
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Global emergence and dissemination of vancomycin resistance among enterococci is a serious concern especially in developing countries, requiring progressive research efforts. Present investigation was carried out on clinical isolates of enterococci obtained from three tertiary hospitals located in northwest of Iran. Multiplex PCR was performed on 220 enterococcal isolates for the presence of vanA, vanB, genus - species specific targets. Subsequently, alternative therapeutic options were evaluated for vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) strains. From isolated enterococci, 152 (69.1%) and 68 (30.9%) were E. faecalis and E. faecium, respectively. Of 48 VRE strains detected genotypically, vanA genotype was the predominant and three strains were found to possess vanB genes. One hundred and thirty three isolates (60.45%) revealed high level resistance to gentamicin. Amongst alternative agents, resistance towards quinipristin/dalfopristin was distinctly revealed by VRE isolates while, all were found sensitive to linezolid and except one strain to daptomycin, rendering latter antibiotics better therapeutic options. Clinicians and microbiologists should thus, be aware of the increasing prevalence of VRE and alternative agents should be evaluated against them.

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