Molecular characterization of carbapenem-resistant acinetobacter baumannii blood culture isolates from three hospitals in Turkey

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Gozalan A., Unaldı O., Guldemir D., Aydogan S., Kuzucu C., Cakirlar F. K., ...More

Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol.74, no.3, pp.200-208, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 74 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.7883/yoken.jjid.2020.478
  • Journal Name: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.200-208
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


We aimed to investigate the clonal relationships, common sequence types, and carbapenemase genes in 177 non-repetitive blood culture isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii collected from patients at three university hospitals in Turkey in 2016. Molecular epidemiological characteristics of the isolates were examined using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) (Pasteur scheme-cpn60, fusA, gltA, pyrG, recA, rplB, and rpoB). Multiplex PCR was used to investigate the carbapenemase genes, including blaOXA-23-like, blaOXA-24-like, blaOXA-48-like, blaOXA-58-like, blaIMP, blaVIM, and blaNDM. PFGE genotyping yielded 92 pulsotypes with a clustering ratio of 69.7%. As per a ≥85% similarity coefficient, 159 (90.9%) isolates were found to be clonally related. The blaOXA-23-like and blaOXA-58-like genes were identified in 100% and 28.2% of the isolates, respectively. The blaNDM gene was identified in two isolates. The MLST analysis included 54 isolates with different pulsotypes, and 29 sequence types (STs). Most of the isolates (n = 36) belonged to the clonal complex (CC)2, one isolate belonged to CC1, and one isolate belonged to CC164. Sixteen new STs (ST1235– ST1250) were identified. Identifying both global ST2 and a large number of new STs, revealed high genetic diversity in A. baumannii isolates in the study population.