Pinto NA, D'Souza R, Nguyen LP, Vu TN, Yong D

Proof of the triple prerequisite conditions which are essential for carbapenem resistance development in Klebsiella pneumoniae by using radiation-mediated mutagenesis.

FEMS microbiology letters. 2021-01-26; 368.1:

Evolution of multi-drug resistant bacteria has led to worldwide research to better understand the various resistance mechanisms in these strains. Every year, novel information on carbapenem resistance and its mechanisms is being discovered. In this study, radiation-mediated mutagenesis was used to transform a carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strain to a carbapenem-susceptible bacterium. Through this process, we proved three conditions of loss of the OmpK35 and the OmpK36 genes and acquisition of blaCMY-10 worked together to produce carbapenem resistance in K. pneumoniae. Loss of only one of the porins did not evoke carbapenem resistance. This is the first report on the essential contribution of these three components of carbapenem resistance in K. pneumoniae.

PMID: 33469646