Genetic diversity and molecular analysis of metallo beta lactamases among imipenem resistant clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from Peshawar, Pakistan
Objectives: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen with remarkable adaptation ability to thrive in diverse environmental conditions. This study aimed at phenotypic and molecular analysis of metallo beta lactamases (blaIMP, blaVIM, blaNDM-1 and blaSPM-1) and genetic diversity analysis among imipenem resistant clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Methods: This study was conducted from May 2017 to June 2018. The study included 187 Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates collected from different clinical specimens from Peshawar, Pakistan. The isolates were analyzed for resistance to imipenem. Combined disc test (CDT) was then performed for phenotypic detection of metallo beta lactamases among imipenem resistant isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Molecular detection of metallo beta lactamases genes i.e. blaIMP, blaVIM, blaNDM-1 and blaSPM-1 was analyzed through polymerase chain reaction. Genetic diversity was determined through RAPD-PCR.
Results: MBL production was observed in 76% (n=19) isolates. The occurrence of MBL genes blaIMP, blaNDM-1 and blaVIM was 68% (n=17), 48% (n=12), and 4% (n=1) respectively. The blaSPM-1 gene was not detected. High genetic diversity was observed in current study. Out of 182 isolates 171 isolates showed different RAPD profiles (93.95% polymorphism); 160 were unique RAPD strains and based on similarity coefficient ≥ 80%, 22 isolates were clustered into 11 distinct clones.
Conclusion: A high prevalence of blaIMP and blaNDM-1 among imipenem resistant isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is alarming that calls for proper control and prevention strategies. RAPD technique was found to be a good genotyping technique when limited resources are available.
How to cite this:
Ali A, Ahmad K, Rahat S, Ahmad I. Genetic diversity and molecular analysis of metallo beta lactamases among imipenem resistant clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from Peshawar, Pakistan. Pak J Med Sci. 2021;37(7):---------. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.7.4303
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