Selection of mutants with resistance or diminished susceptibility to ceftazidime/avibactam from ESBL- and AmpC- producing Enterobacteriaceae

Livermore, David M. ORCID:, Mushtaq, Shazad, Doumith, Michel, Jamrozy, Dorota, Nichols, Wright W. and Woodford, Neil (2018) Selection of mutants with resistance or diminished susceptibility to ceftazidime/avibactam from ESBL- and AmpC- producing Enterobacteriaceae. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 73 (12). 3336–3345. ISSN 0305-7453

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Introduction: Difficult Gram-negative infections are increasingly treated with new β-lactamase inhibitor combinations, e.g. ceftazidime/avibactam. Disturbingly, mutations in KPC carbapenemases can confer ceftazidime/avibactam resistance, which is sometimes selected during therapy. We explored whether this risk extended to AmpC and ESBL enzymes. Methods: Mutants were selected by plating AmpC-derepressed strains, ESBL producers and ceftazidime-susceptible controls on agar containing ceftazidime + avibactam (1 or 4 mg/L). MICs were determined by CLSI agar dilution; WGS was by Illumina methodology. Results: Using 2× MIC of ceftazidime + 1 mg/L avibactam, mutants were selected from all strain types at frequencies of 10−7–10−9. Rates diminished to <10−9 with 4 mg/L avibactam or higher MIC multiples, except with AmpC-derepressed Enterobacteriaceae. Characterized mutants (n = 10; MICs 4–64 mg/L) of AmpC-derepressed strains had modifications in ampC, variously giving Arg168Pro/His, Gly176Arg/Asp, Asn366Tyr or small deletions around positions 309–314. Mutants of ESBL producers (n = 19; MICs 0.5–16 mg/L) mostly had changes affecting permeability, efflux or β-lactamase quantity; only one had an altered β-lactamase, with an Asp182Tyr substitution in CTX-M-15, raising the ceftazidime/avibactam MIC, but abrogating other cephalosporin resistance. Mutants of ceftazidime-susceptible strains were not sequenced, but phenotypes suggested altered drug accumulation or, for Enterobacter cloacae only, AmpC derepression. In further experiments, avibactam reduced, but did not abolish, selection of AmpC-derepressed Enterobacteriaceae by ceftazidime. Conclusions: Most mutants of AmpC-derepressed Enterobacteriaceae had structural mutations in ampC; those of ESBL producers mostly had genetic modifications outside β-lactamase genes, commonly affecting uptake, efflux, or β-lactamase quantity. The clinical significance of these observations remains to be determined.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Public Health and Health Services Research (former - to 2023)
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Epidemiology and Public Health
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 14:32
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 04:05
DOI: 10.1093/jac/dky363


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