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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 109, No. 6, 2014, pp. 712-715
Bioline Code: oc14105
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 109, No. 6, 2014, pp. 712-715

 en The first report of the vanC1 gene in Enterococcus faecium check for this species in other resources isolated from a human clinical specimen
Sun, Mingyue; Wang, Yue; Chen, Zhongju; Zhu, Xuhui; Tian, Lei & Sun, Ziyong


The vanC1 gene, which is chromosomally located, confers resistance to vancomycin and serves as a species marker for Enterococcus gallinarum check for this species in other resources . Enterococcus faecium check for this species in other resources TJ4031 was isolated from a blood culture and harbours the vanC1 gene. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays were performed to detect vanXYc and vanTc genes. Only the vanXYc gene was found in the E. faecium TJ4031 isolate. The minimum inhibitory concentrations of vancomycin and teicoplanin were 2 ìg/mL and 1 ìg/mL, respectively. Real-time reverse transcription-PCR results revealed that the vanC1 and vanXYc genes were not expressed. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and southern hybridisation results showed that the vanC1 gene was encoded in the chromosome. E. faecalis isolated from animals has been reported to harbour vanC1 gene. However, this study is the first to report the presence of the vanC1 gene in E. faecium of human origin. Additionally, our research showed the vanC1 gene cannot serve as a species-specific gene of E. gallinarum and that it is able to be transferred between bacteria. Although the resistance marker is not expressed in the strain, our results showed that E. faecium could acquire the vanC1 gene from different species.

Enterococcus gallinarum; Enterococcus faecium; vanC1 gene

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