Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Apr;17(4):645-52. doi: 10.3201/eid1704.101009.

Complete sequence and molecular epidemiology of IncK epidemic plasmid encoding blaCTX-M-14.

Author information

1
The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Erratum in

  • Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Jul;17(7):1341.

Abstract

Antimicrobial drug resistance is a global challenge for the 21st century with the emergence of resistant bacterial strains worldwide. Transferable resistance to β-lactam antimicrobial drugs, mediated by production of extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), is of particular concern. In 2004, an ESBL-carrying IncK plasmid (pCT) was isolated from cattle in the United Kingdom. The sequence was a 93,629-bp plasmid encoding a single antimicrobial drug resistance gene, blaCTX-M-14. From this information, PCRs identifying novel features of pCT were designed and applied to isolates from several countries, showing that the plasmid has disseminated worldwide in bacteria from humans and animals. Complete DNA sequences can be used as a platform to develop rapid epidemiologic tools to identify and trace the spread of plasmids in clinically relevant pathogens, thus facilitating a better understanding of their distribution and ability to transfer between bacteria of humans and animals.

PMID:
21470454
PMCID:
PMC3377399
DOI:
10.3201/eid1704.101009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for CDC-NCEZID Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center