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Title: Genetic and virulence characterization of colistin-resistant and colistin-sensitive A. baumannii clinical isolates
Authors: LEITE, Gleice CristinaSTABLER, Richard A.NEVES, PatriciaPERDIGAO NETO, Lauro V.MARTINS, Roberta C. RuedasRIZEK, CamilaROSSI, FlaviaLEVIN, Anna S.COSTA, Silvia Figueiredo
Abstract: Treatment of infections caused by A. baumannii is becoming a challenge due to the ability to develop multidrug-resistance, virulence, and high mortality. We described the colistin resistance and virulence genes present in sixA. baumannii clinical isolates using WGS, expression by qPCR, and virulence in the Galleria mellonella model. The colistin-resistant isolates were assigned as ST233 and the colistin-susceptible isolates as ST236 and ST407. The colistin-resistant isolates contained mutations within PmrA/PmrB, and the pmrA showed up-regulation in all of them. Only one colistin-resistant isolate indicating virulence in G. mellonella. This particular isolate belonged to a different clone, and it was the only isolate that presented non-synonymous mutations in pmrB. Colistinresistance in A. baumannii isolates seems to be caused by up-regulation of pmrA gene. Only one isolate appeared to be virulent in the G. mellonella model. This finding indicating low virulence in isolates belonging to emerging clones circulating in our hospital.
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