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Hypermutability in clinical isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae is uncommon and is unrelated to ciprofloxacin resistance

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S. Aathithan, G. L. French

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239 - 242
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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We investigated hypermutability in Klebsiella pneumoniae and its association with ciprofloxacin resistance and mutations in the quinolone resistance-determining region (QRDR). Sixty-four strains of K. pneumoniae isolated in London, UK, between 1995 and 2002 with widely differing ciprofloxacin minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) and known gyrA and parC sequences were tested for mutation frequencies by selection with rifampicin. Only three hypermutable (frequency >= 10(-6)) strains were identified, with ciprofloxacin MICs of 0.25 mu g/mL, 8 mu g/mL and 64 mu g/mL. There was no relationship between hypermutation and the ciprofloxacin MIC or QRDR mutations. Screening selected strains with streptomycin did not reveal any hypermutators, and screening with ciprofloxacin identified only two of the three hypermutators identified by rifampicin. Hypermutation in K. pneumoniae is uncommon and does not contribute to accumulation of QRDR mutations or directly to ciprofloxacin resistance. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. and the International Society of Chemotherapy. All rights reserved.

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