Vol 46, No 2 (2008)
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Aminoglycosides resistance in clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus from a University Hospital in Bialystok, Poland.

Tomasz Hauschild, Paweł Sacha, Piotr Wieczorek, Marta Zalewska, Katarzyna Kaczyńska, Elzbieta Tryniszewska
DOI: 10.2478/v10042-008-0034-3
Folia Histochem Cytobiol 2008;46(2):225-228.


Staphylococcus aureus obtained from a University Hospital in Poland were characterized in relation to resistance to aminoglycoside antibiotics and the distribution of the genes encoding the most clinically relevant aminoglycoside modifying enzymes (AMEs). Of a total of 118 S. aureus, 45 (38.1%) isolates were found to be resistant to at least one of the tested antibiotics. All aminoglycoside resistant isolates except one 44 (97.8%) were resistant to kanamycin. The majority of strains 37 (82.2%) and 32 (71.1%) expressed resistance to neomycin and tobramycin, respectively. Eleven strains (24.4%) were resistant to gentamicin or amikacin. All S. aureus strains were sensitive to netilmicin. The most prevalent resistance gene was aac(6')-Ie+aph(2') found in 13 (28.9%) strains and 12 (26.7%) isolates carried ant(4')-Ia gene, whilst aph(3')-IIIa gene was detected in only 7 (15.6%) isolates. Additionally, the ant(6)-Ia and str genes were detected in 14 (31.1%) and 2 (4.4%) strains, respectively. Ten (22.2%) strains resistant to amikacin, tobramycin, kanamycin or neomycin did not harbor any of the above-noted genes.

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