Isolation of Enterobacter aerogenes susceptible to beta-lactam antibiotics despite high level beta-lactamase production.
This report describes a patient with nosocomial meningitis from whom four distinct isolates of Enterobacter aerogenes were recovered over a complicated course of chemotherapy. The initial isolate was susceptible to expanded spectrum beta-lactams despite constitutive production of high levels of beta-lactamase. Resistant isolates recovered during antibiotic therapy had lost a 42,000 outer membrane protein. These data suggest that b-lactam susceptibility in the original isolate was due to "hyperpermeability" mediated by the 42,000 Dalton protein.
Mellencamp, MA; Roccaforte, JS; Preheim, LC; Sanders, CC; Anene, CA; Bittner, MJ
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