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Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2013 Apr;41(4):325-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2012.11.007. Epub 2013 Jan 8.

Genetic and biochemical characterisation of OXA-232, a carbapenem-hydrolysing class D β-lactamase from Enterobacteriaceae.

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Service de Bactériologie-Virologie, INSERM U914 Emerging Resistance to Antibiotics, Hôpital de Bicêtre, Assistance Publique/Hôpitaux de Paris, Faculté de Médecine et Université Paris-Sud, K. Bicêtre, France.


Three enterobacterial isolates (two Klebsiella pneumoniae and one Escherichia coli) were recovered from three patients transferred from India to France in 2011. All three isolates were resistant or of intermediate susceptibility to all β-lactams and of decreased susceptibility to carbapenems. These three isolates expressed a novel carbapenem-hydrolysing β-lactamase, OXA-232, differing from OXA-181 and OXA-48 by one and five amino acid substitutions, respectively. Compared with OXA-181, OXA-232 had a lower ability to hydrolyse carbapenems but conversely possessed higher hydrolytic activities against penicillins. The bla(OXA-232) gene was located on a 6.1-kb ColE-type non-conjugative plasmid.

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