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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 110, No. 2, 2015, pp. 249-254
Bioline Code: oc15031
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 110, No. 2, 2015, pp. 249-254

 en Widespread distribution of CTX-M and plasmid-mediated AmpC β-lactamases in Escherichia coli check for this species in other resources from Brazilian chicken meat
Botelho, Larissa Alvarenga Batista; Kraychete, Gabriela Bergiante; e Silva, Jacqueline Lapa Costa; Regis, Douglas Viller Vieira; Picão, Renata Cristina; Moreira, Beatriz Meurer & Bonelli, Raquel Regina


The dissemination of plasmid-mediated antimicrobial resistance genes may pose a substantial public health risk. In the present work, the occurrences of blaCTX-M and plasmid-mediated ampC and qnr genes were investigated in Escherichia coli check for this species in other resources from 16 chicken carcasses produced by four commercial brands in Brazil. Of the brands tested, three were exporters, including one of organic chicken. Our study assessed 136 E. coli isolates that were grouped into 77 distinct biotypes defined by their origin, resistance profiling, the presence of β-lactamase and plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance genes and enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus-polimerase chain reaction typing. The blaCTX-M-15, blaCTX-M-2 and blaCTX-M-8 genes were detected in one, 17 and eight different biotypes, respectively (45 isolates). Twenty-one biotypes (46 isolates) harboured blaCMY-2. Additionally, blaCMY-2 was identified in isolates that also carried either blaCTX-M-2 or blaCTX-M-8. The qnrB and/or qnrS genes occurred in isolates carrying each of the four types of β-lactamase determinants detected and also in oxyimino-cephalosporin-susceptible strains. Plasmid-mediated extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) and AmpC determinants were identified in carcasses from the four brands tested. Notably, this is the first description of blaCTX-M-15 genes in meat or food-producing animals from South America. The blaCTX-M-8, blaCTX-M-15 and blaCMY-2 genes were transferable in conjugation experiments. The findings of the present study indicate that plasmid-mediated ESBL and AmpC-encoding genes are widely distributed in Brazilian chicken meat.

ESBL; plasmid AmpC; qnr; chicken meat; Escherichia coli

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