Genetic Determinants Affecting Macrolide Resistance Conferred by MEGA in Streptococcus pneumoniae 公开

Tollison, Tammy Schwalm (2011)

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Macrolide antibiotic resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae due to efflux is a major clinical problem and may lead to failure of macrolide treatment of pneumococcal disease. Specifically, macrolide resistance due to efflux is the result of a predicted dual component efflux pump encoded by mefE/mel of the mobile genetic element MEGA. A separate operon, orfs3-6, frequently associates with mefE/mel. orfs3-6 were found to influence macrolide resistance levels of clinical isolate GA17457, but did not have any significant effect on the expression of a PmefE-lacZ reporter fusion as determined by a β-galactosidase assay. GA17457 was compared to another clinical isolate, GA16242, with nearly three-fold higher macrolide resistance (13 µg/mL compared to 43 µg/mL respectively). A two-fold increase in β-galactosidase expression was observed in the GA16242 reporter construct TS8011 when compared to the GA17457 reporter construct XZ7042. A novel element containing a putative transposase and an uncharacterized open reading frame (orfsAB) was identifieddownstream of MEGA in GA 16242. However, deletion of this region did not influence macrolide resistance or mefE/mel in a β-galactosidase expression assay. Results of these studies confirm a role for orfs3-6 in the macrolide resistance conferred by MEGA but not in the transcriptional regulation of mefE/mel. Additionally, the comparison of two strains with different MEGA insertion sites identified significant differences in macrolide resistance and mefE/mel expression, but did not elucidate the cause for these observations.

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1. History...1
2. Pathology...2
3. Treatment and Vaccine...2
4. Antibiotic Resistance...4
5. Efflux Pumps...5
6. Macrolides...6
7. mef & mef Containing Elements...7
8. Distribution of mef and Other Macrolide Resistance Elements...9
9. MefE and Mel Function...11
10. orfs3-6 and the SOS response...12

1. Strains...16
2. Plasmids and Deletion Construction...16
3. RTPCR...18
4. Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing...18
5. Dose Response Curve...19
6. β-galactosidase Expression Assay...19
7. Statistics...20


1. Effect of orfs3-6 on Macrolide Susceptability...21
2. Optimal Erythromycin Concentration for Induction...22
3. Effect of orfs3-6 on P mefE-lacZ...22
4. Differences in Macrolide Resistance By Insertion Site...23
5. P mefE-lacZ Expression in a High-Level Resistance Isolate...24


Figures and Tables...32


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