KPC-2-Producing Enterobacter cloacae and Pseudomonas putida Coinfection in a Liver Transplant Recipient

San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas 782341, USA.
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (Impact Factor: 4.48). 11/2008; 53(1):292-4. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.00931-08
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Carbapenemases are among the newest resistance mechanisms to emerge in some gram-negative bacteria. We describe bacteremia
in a critically ill liver transplant recipient infected with KPC-2-producing Enterobacter cloacae and Pseudomonas putida. Although this enzyme has been previously described in Enterobacter spp., this is the first report of KPC carbapenemase in P. putida.

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    • "Additionally, in 2010, one KPC-producing P. aeruginosa strain was isolated in the USA [2]. Despite global emergence of KPC-producing strains of P. aeruginosa, it still uncommon and is thought to be sporadic (yet its rapid detection is necessary) [2], [16], [17], [18]. In our study, two KPC-producing P. aeruginosa strains were identified, which is the first report from Iran to the best of our knowledge. "
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    • "These genes have usually been identified in large plasmids varying in size and structure. There have been sporadic cases of in vivo transfer of a KPC-encoding plasmid between species [3] [4] as well as reports on the detection of the same plasmid in different genera co-existing in the same patient [5] [6]. In addition, at least two outbreaks involving several different genera of Enterobacteriaceae sharing the same promiscuous KPC-2-encoding plasmid have been described, one in China [7] and one in the USA [8]. "
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