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    ABSTRACT: Resistance patterns against various antimicrobial agents including beta-lactams, aminoglycosides, tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones, macrolides were examined for 58 strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated at Hiroshima University Hospital from April to November 1992. All the MRSA strains produced type II-coagulase but not beta-lactamase. Regarding aminoglycoside-modifying enzymes, 7 strains (12%) appeared to be producing aminoglycoside 4',4"-adenyltransferase AAD(4',4") encoded by aadD without coproduction of bifunctional aminoglycoside 6'-acetyltransferase/2"-phosphotransferase AAC(6')/APH(2") encoded by aacA-aphD (referred to as tobramycin-resistant type, TOBr). The remaining 51 strains (88%) were phenotypically producers of both enzymes (i.e., mix-resistant type, Mixr). AAD(4',4"), encoded by aadD which was reported to be closely linked with bleomycin (BLM)-resistance determinant, could be seen in 100% MRSA strains and ca. 90% strains expressed AAC(6')/APH(2"). BLM endowed Mixr-type but not TOBr-type MRSA strain with enhanced resistance to arbekacin (ABK) dose-dependently, presumably by modifying the production of AAC(6')/APH(2"). The manifestation of ABK-resistant phenotype by Mixr-type MRSA required the coexistence of BLM. Therefore, ABK must be administered carefully to cure MRSA infection in patients who have been treated with BLM.
    Hiroshima journal of medical sciences 10/1994; 43(3):87-92.