Molecular characterization of the multi-drug resistant Myroides odoratimimus isolates: a whole genome sequence-based study to confirm carbapenem resistance

Yartasi E., DURMAZ R., ARI O., Mumcuoglu I., Dinc B.

International Microbiology, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10123-023-00472-9
  • Journal Name: International Microbiology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, Environment Index, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, MEDLINE, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, DIALNET
  • Keywords: Biofilm, Bla MUS, Drug resistance, Myroides odoratimimus, PFGE
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


The bacteria belonging to the Myroides genus are opportunistic pathogens causing community or hospital-acquired infections that result in treatment failure due to antibiotic resistance. This study aimed to investigate molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, clonal relatedness, and the biofilm forming capacity of the 51 multi-drug resistant Myroides odoratimimus. All isolates were screened for bla KPC, bla OXA, bla VIM, bla IMP, bla MUS, bla TUS, bla NDM, and bla B genes by using PCR amplification. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) was applied on three randomly selected isolates for further investigation of antibiotic resistance mechanisms. Clonal relatedness was analyzed by Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and the microtiter plate method was used to demonstrate biofilm formation. All isolates were positive for biofilm formation. PCR analysis resulted in a positive for only the bla MUS-1 gene. WGS identified bla MUS-1, erm(F), ere(D), tet(X), and sul2 genes in all strains tested. Moreover, the genomic analyses of three strains revealed that genomes contained a large number of virulence factors (VFs). PFGE yielded a clustering rate of 96%. High clonal relatedness, biofilm formation, and multi-drug resistance properties may lead to the predominance of these opportunistic pathogens in hospital environments and make them cause nosocomial infections.