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Microb Drug Resist. 2004 Winter;10(4):334-40.

Prevalence of beta-lactamases among ampicillin-resistant Escherichia coli and Salmonella isolated from food animals in Denmark.

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Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, DK-1790 Copenhagen V, Denmark.


The genetic background for beta-lactamase-mediated resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics was examined by PCR and sequencing in 160 ampicillin-resistant isolates (109 Escherichia coli and 51 Salmonella) obtained from healthy and diseased food animals in Denmark. Sequencing revealed three different variants of bla (TEM-1), of which bla (TEM-1b) was the most frequently detected (80 E. coli and 47 Salmonella), followed by bla (TEM-1a) (eight E. coli, one Salmonella) and bla (TEM-1c) (seven E. coli). A few isolates were found to express OXA, TEM-30, or PSE beta-lactamases. Mutations in the ampC promoter leading to increased production of the AmpC beta-lactamase were demonstrated in 11 cefoxitin-resistant or intermediate E. coli isolates. Nine of these isolates did not contain any bla (TEM) genes, whereas the remaining two did. No genes encoding SHV or extended-spectrum beta-lactamases were detected. Two new variants of bla (TEM) were detected, which have been designated bla (TEM-127) and bla (TEM-128). In TEM-127, amino acid 158 is substituted from His to Asn, whereas a substitution from Asp to Glu is seen at amino acid 157 in TEM-128. According to MIC determinations, these novel enzymes do not possess activity against extended-spectrum beta-lactams.

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