Journal Article

Frequency and diversity of Class A extended-spectrum β-lactamases in hospitals of the Auvergne, France: a 2 year prospective study

C. De Champs, C. Chanal, D. Sirot, R. Baraduc, J. P. Romaszko, R. Bonnet, A. Plaidy, M. Boyer, E. Carroy, M. C. Gbadamassi, S. Laluque, O. Oules, M. C. Poupart, M. Villemain and J. Sirot

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 54, issue 3, pages 634-639
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI:
Frequency and diversity of Class A extended-spectrum β-lactamases in hospitals of the Auvergne, France: a 2 year prospective study

Show Summary Details


Objectives: To evaluate the frequency and diversity of extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) produced by Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in one French region.

Methods: During 2001–2002, all the non-duplicate isolates of P. aeruginosa resistant to ceftazidime and of Enterobacteriaceae intermediate or resistant to ceftazidime and/or cefotaxime and/or aminoglycosides with an AAC(6′) I phenotype were collected in nine hospitals of the area. ESBL isoelectric points were determined, bla genes were amplified and sequenced and epidemic isolates were genotyped with ERIC2-PCR.

Results: ESBLs were observed in 297 Enterobacteriaceae (0.8%). The most frequent were TEM-3 like (n=152; 51.2%) and TEM-24 (n=115; 38.7%). Four new enzymes were observed, TEM-112 (pI 5.4), TEM-113 (pI 6.3), TEM-114 (pI 5.9) and TEM-126 (pI 5.4). Other TEMs were TEM-8, TEM-12, TEM-16, TEM-19, TEM-20, TEM-21, TEM-29 and TEM-71. The other ESBLs were SHV-4, SHV-5 and SHV-12, CTX-M-1, CTX-M-3, CTX-M-14 and CTX-M-15. In 37 P. aeruginosa (0.7%) only one ESBL was observed, PER-1. Five epidemic strains were detected, Serratia marcescens TEM-3 and four observed in several hospitals, Enterobacter aerogenes TEM-24, Citrobacter koseri TEM-3, Proteus mirabilis TEM-3 and P. aeruginosa PER-1.

Conclusion: ESBL frequency was lower than in 1998, and CTX-M-type frequency higher (2.1% of ESBLs in 2001, 4.9% in 2002). This long-term survey detected new sporadic enzymes (TEM-112, TEM-113, TEM-114 and TEM-126) and interhospital epidemic strains while avoiding any overestimation of ESBL frequency that may otherwise have occurred because of acute epidemics.

Keywords: ESBLs; Enterobacteriaceae; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; epidemiology

Journal Article.  3366 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.