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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1994 Aug 15;121(2):175-80.

Cloning and expression in Enterobacteriaceae of the extended-spectrum beta-lactamase gene from a Pseudomonas aeruginosa plasmid.

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Laboratory of Drug Resistance in Bacteria, Gunma University School of Medicine, Maebashi, Japan.


An extended-spectrum beta-lactamase, the gene for which is located on plasmid pMS350 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains, hydrolyzes carbapenems and other extended-spectrum beta-lactam antibiotics. We cloned the pMS350 beta-lactamase gene in an Escherichia coli K-12 strain using the vector plasmid pHSG398, and subcloned it into pMS360, a plasmid with a wide host-range. This resulted in the formation of the recombinant plasmid, pMS363, containing a 4.1-kb DNA insert that includes the extended-spectrum beta-lactamase gene. Plasmid pMS363 was introduced into the P. aeruginosa PAO strain or into six species of Enterobacteriaceae, and the specific activities of the beta-lactamase and MICs of various beta-lactam antibiotics were estimated. The cloned gene was capable of expression in these strains and caused resistance to carbapenem, penem and other beta-lactam antibiotics, with the exception of aztreonam.

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