Klebsiella pneumoniae isolate from South Africa with multiple TEM, SHV and AmpC β-lactamases

Sabiha Y. Essack, Lucinda M.C. Hall, David Livermore*

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    Klebsiella pneumoniae 2207, from Durban, was resistant to cefoxitin and β-lactamase inhibitor combinations as well as oxyimino-aminothiazolyl cephalosporins. β-Lactamases with isoelectric points of 5.4, 5.6, 7.6, 8.2 and 8.4 were found. DNA hybridisation identified two BamHI and three HindIII fragments carrying blaTEM, and two SalI fragments carrying bla SHV. At least two genes encoded TEM-1 enzyme; one blaSHV copy encoded SHV-5 but the other determined SHV-23, a novel SHV-5 variant with conservative amino-acid substitutions far from the catalytic site. The pI 8.4 activity was an AmpC-type enzyme. Determinants of the pI 5.6 and 7.6 activities were not identified.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)398-400
    Number of pages3
    JournalInternational Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    Sabiha Essack is grateful to the Wellcome Trust for a Travelling Fellowship (Ref. No. 048863/Z/96/Z).

    Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


    • AmpC β-lactamase
    • Extended-spectrum β-lactamases
    • K. pneumoniae


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