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Amandeep Kaur, Satnam Singh, "Prevalence of Extended Spectrum Betalactamase (ESBL) and Metallobetalactamase (MBL) Producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii Isolated from Various Clinical Samples", Journal of Pathogens, vol. 2018, Article ID 6845985, 7 pages, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/6845985
Prevalence of Extended Spectrum Betalactamase (ESBL) and Metallobetalactamase (MBL) Producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii Isolated from Various Clinical Samples
This study was conducted with an objective to find the prevalence of extended spectrum betalactamase (ESBL) and metallobetalactamase (MBL) in P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii isolates obtained from various clinical samples. It was conducted in the Department of Microbiology, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda, over a period of two years from July 2014 to June 2016. Clinical specimens including urine, pus, blood, high vaginal swabs, respiratory samples, and various body fluids were processed and P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii isolates were identified by standard protocols. Antibiotic sensitivity testing for all isolates was done using Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method. Disc potentiation test was performed to check ESBL and MBL production in these bacteria. Maximum ESBL positive isolates of P. aeruginosa were observed among pus samples and maximum MBL positive isolates were detected in tracheal aspirates. A. baumannii showed maximum positivity for ESBL and MBL production in endotracheal secretions. This study gives an alarming sign towards high prevalence of cephalosporin and carbapenem resistance due to production of extended spectrum betalactamases and metallobetalactamases, respectively. Early detection, stringent antibiotic policies, and compliance towards infection control practices are the best defenses against these organisms.
Resistance to antimicrobials is common and has increased over the years among Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) as a number of strains are now resistant nearly to all commonly used antibiotics. Multidrug resistance among these organisms makes the treatment of infections caused by them difficult and expensive. These bacteria are known to produce extended spectrum betalactamases (ESBLs) and metallobetalactamases (MBLs) . The large scale use of the third-generation cephalosporins like cefotaxime, ceftriaxone, and ceftazidime has led to the evolution of newer betalactamases such as the ESBLs. ESBLs are plasmid mediated enzymes that hydrolyze the oxyimino β lactams and the monobactams (aztreonam) but have no effect on the cephamycins (cefoxitin, cefotetan) and the carbapenems (imipenem). Being plasmid mediated, they can be easily transferred from one organism to another . Due to frequent resistance to aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones, ureidopenicillins, and third-generation cephalosporins, carbapenems are important agents for managing such infections. Carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii is attributed to various causes such as reduced expression of outer membrane proteins and carbapenamases . MBL producing P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii have become a growing therapeutic concern worldwide. The rapid detection of MBL positive isolates is necessary to control infection and to prevent their dissemination . The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of ESBL and MBL production among strains of P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii obtained from various clinical samples.
2. Material and Methods
2.1. Study Design and Samples
The laboratory based prospective study was conducted in Department of Microbiology, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (AIMSR), Adesh University, Bathinda, for a period for two years from July 2014 to June 2016 after getting approval from the Thesis Research Degree Committee and Ethical Committee of Adesh University. Written consent in the language known to the patient or their guardians was taken before including the patient in this study. Clinical history of the patient was taken regarding age, sex, date of admission, immune status, antibiotic treatment, date of discharge, etc. and recorded in the patient pro forma. A total of 2261 clinical samples were collected from patients admitted in ICU and various wards of the hospital depending upon the clinical diagnosis of respective patients. These included urine, pus, blood, ear swabs, high vaginal swabs, sputum, endotracheal secretions, tracheal aspirate, and various body fluids. All samples were collected as per standard microbiological guidelines .
2.2. Laboratory Methods
Various samples collected were inoculated onto Blood Agar (BA) and MacConkey Agar (MA) plates under strict aseptic conditions. Plates were incubated at 37°C for 24-48 hours under aerobic conditions. Provisional identification of P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii was done on the basis of Gram staining morphology and colony characteristics on Blood Agar and MacConkey agar media. A battery of biochemical tests were performed for confirmation of the isolates .
2.3. Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
Antimicrobial sensitivity testing of the isolates was determined on Mueller Hinton Agar by Kirby Bauer disc diffusion method . The following antibiotic discs were tested: ceftazidime (30μg), cefepime (30 μg), piperacillin-tazobactam (100μg/10 μg), Imipenem (10 μg), Meropenem (10 μg), Gentamicin (10 μg), Amikacin (30 μg), Ampicillin-sulbactam (10 μg/10 μg), Cotrimoxazole (25 μg), aztreonam (30 μg), Ciprofloxacin (5 μg), Norfloxacin (30 μg) (for urinary isolates), Polymyxin B (300 units), and Colistin (10 μg). Zone sizes obtained were measured and interpretation was made according to CLSI guidelines . Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853 was used as the control organism for antibiotic sensitivity.
2.4. Phenotypic Detection of ESBL Positive Isolates
Isolates resistant to ceftazidime and/or cefepime were tested for ESBL production by disc potentiation test. A disc of ceftazidime (30μg) and ceftazidime + clavulanic acid (30μg/10 μg) was placed 20 mm apart, centre to centre on Mueller Hinton agar plate, and was incubated overnight at 37°C. A zone difference greater than or equal to 5 mm around ceftazidime and ceftazidime + clavulanic acid was interpreted as ESBL positive isolate .
2.5. Phenotypic Detection of MBL Positive Isolates
Isolates resistant to imipenem and/or meropenem were tested for MBL production by disc potentiation test. A disc of imipenem (10μg) and imipenem + EDTA (10μg/750 μg) was placed 20 mm apart, centre to centre on Mueller Hinton agar plate, and was incubated overnight at 37°C. A zone difference greater than or equal to 7 mm around imipenem and imipenem + EDTA disc was interpreted as MBL positive isolate .
2.6. Statistical Analysis
Statistical analysis was done by descriptive statistics using percentages and ratios methods and bar graphs were prepared in Microsoft Excel to represent antimicrobial susceptibility, ESBL, and MBL production.
Out of total samples processed, 192 P. aeruginosa and 116 A. baumannii were isolated.
P. aeruginosa isolates were 100% sensitive to polymyxin B and colistin, and 71.4% sensitivity was reported towards imipenem whereas intermediate sensitivity (64.5%) was recorded towards piperacillin-tazobactam and meropenem. Norfloxacin was tested only against urinary isolates and sensitivity was recorded as 48.4%. Much less sensitivity was reported towards cephalosporins: ceftazidime and cefepime, i.e., 39.1% and 42.2%, respectively. Antibiogram obtained for P. aeruginosa isolates is shown in Figure 3.
A. baumannii isolates showed high level of resistance to most of the antibiotics tested. 96.6% strains of A. baumannii were found resistant towards ceftazidime and 94.8% strains were resistant towards cefepime. Resistance towards imipenem and meropenem was found to be 60.3% and 68.1%, respectively. However, 96.5% sensitivity was recorded for polymyxin B and 97.4% for colistin. Antibiogram obtained for A. baumannii is shown in Figure 4.
Out of 192 isolates of P. aeruginosa, ESBL production was seen in 34 (17.7%) isolates and MBL production was observed in 42 (21.8%) isolates as shown in Table 3. Out of 116 isolates of A. baumannii, ESBL production was seen in 32 (27.5%) isolates and MBL production was observed in 52 (44.8%) isolates as shown in Table 4.
In case of P. aeruginosa, maximum susceptibility to antibiotics was observed in case of pus, urine, high vaginal, and ear swabs whereas much less susceptibility was reported in case secretions/aspirates obtained from endotracheal and tracheostomy tubes.
Similarly, A. baumannii isolates obtained from ET secretions and tracheal aspirates showed very poor susceptibility to cephalosporins, aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones, and even carbapenems. Isolates obtained from other sites were relatively sensitive as compared to respiratory sites.
Most of the patients admitted in ICU were put on mechanical ventilation due to severe head injuries and cerebrovascular accidents leading to prolonged antibiotic therapy. Longer stay of patients in ICUs, prolonged antibiotic treatment, and selective pressure in ICU environment could be the associative factors responsible for this variation as well as production of ESBLs and MBLs by this particular group of isolates.
In the present study, 17.7% isolates of P. aeruginosa were positive for production of ESBL production. The results are similar to study by Senthamarai et al.  who had reported ESBL production in P. aeruginosa as 22.2%. Goel et al.  and Rani et al.  have reported ESBL production in P. aeruginosa as 42.3% and 37.2%, respectively, which is slightly higher as compared to this study. Woodford et al.  and Lim et al.  have reported ESBL production in these bacteria to be very low, i.e., 3.7% and 4.2%, respectively. In this study, 21.8% isolates of P. aeruginosa were positive for production of MBL production. The results are similar to Upadhyay et al.  who had reported MBL production in P. aeruginosa as 20.8%. Sadhna et al. , Madhu et al. , and Behera et al.  have reported MBL production in P. aeruginosa as 41.0%, 61.5%, and 69.5%, respectively, which is higher as compared to this study. Aggarwal et al.  had reported MBL production to be 11.4% which is lesser as compared to this study. In the present study, 27.5% isolates of A. baumannii were positive for production of ESBL production. The results are exactly similar to Sinha et al.  who had also reported ESBL production in A. baumannii as 27.5%. Vahaboglu et al.  and Chaudhry and Payasi have reported ESBL production in A. baumannii as 46.0% and 83.6%, respectively, which is higher as compared to this study. Bali et al.  had reported ESBL production to be 5.2% which is much lesser as compared to this study. In our study, 44.8% isolates of A. baumannii were positive for production of MBL production. The results are similar to Irfan et al.  who had also reported MBL production in A. baumannii as 49.0%. Hodiwala et al.  and Kabbaj et al.  have reported very high MBL production in A. baumannii as 96.6% and 74%, respectively. Gupta et al.  had reported MBL production to be 7.5% which is much lesser as compared to this study. These variations could be due to difference in the antibiotic usage and judicious selection of antibiotics in their hospital settings.
The present study shows that ESBL and MBL production in P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii is on the rise across the globe, thus making these infections difficult to treat. Early detection of ESBL and MBL production would be important for the reduction of mortality rate and spread of multidrug resistant organisms. The disc potentiation test is simple, easy to perform, and economical and can be done along with routine antibiotic sensitivity testing. Moreover, it is important to implement antibiotic restriction policies to avoid excessive and injudicious use of extended spectrum cephalosporins and carbapenems in every hospital.
The data used to support the findings of this study are included within the article.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
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