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J Antimicrob Chemother. 2003 Nov;52(5):864-8. Epub 2003 Oct 16.

Antibacterial susceptibility of a vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain isolated at the Hershey Medical Center.

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Departments of Pathology and Medicine, Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033, USA.


Staphylococcus aureus strain HMC3 isolated at the Hershey Medical Center, was resistant to vancomycin (VRSA) through the presence of the vanA resistance gene; it also contained mecA, erm(A), erm(B), tet(K) and aac(6')-aph(2"), conferring resistance to licensed beta-lactams, macrolides, tetracycline and aminoglycosides. HMC3 also had alterations in GyrA and GrlB and was resistant to available quinolones. Experimental drugs with low MICs (<2 mg/L) for VRSA HMC3 included cephalosporins BAL9141 and RWJ-54428; glycopeptides oritavancin and dalbavancin; the lipopeptide daptomycin; the glycolipodepsipeptide ramoplanin; new fluoroquinolones WCK 771 A, WCK 1153, DK-507k and sitafloxacin; and the DNA nanobinder GS02-02. These agents were all bactericidal as were trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and teicoplanin (MIC 4 mg/L). Oxazolidinones linezolid and ranbezolid; the injectable streptogramin quinupristin/dalfopristin; DNA nanobinders GS2-10547 and GS02-104; peptide deformylase inhibitors NVP-PDF713 and GS02-12; tetracycline derivative tigecycline; the antifolate iclaprim; mupirocin and fusidic acid were all active in vitro but bacteriostatic.

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