Detection of mobile colistin-resistance gene variants (<em>mcr-1</em> and <em>mcr-2</em>) in urinary tract pathogens in Bangladesh: the last resort of infectious disease management colistin efficacy is under threat

Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2021 Mar 11. doi: 10.1080/17512433.2021.1901577. Online ahead of print.


Background: Currently, colistin-resistant pathogens emerged has become a global health concern. This study assessed the distribution of mcr-1 to mcr-5 variants with the phenotypic colistin-resistance in bacterial isolates from urinary tract infection (UTI) patients in Bangladesh.Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted between April 2017 to March 2018 to enroll uncomplicated UTI patients, and 142 urine samples were analyzed. Uropathogens were identified using the API-20E biochemical panel and 16s rRNA gene sequencing by a cross-sectional study. Polymerase chain reactions detected the mcr gene variants in the UTI isolates. The phenotypic colistin-susceptibility was determined by the Kirby-Bauer disc-diffusion method and the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) measurement.Results: The combined carriage of mcr-1 and mcr-2 genes in 11.4% (14/123) of urinary tract pathogens. The mcr-positive pathogens include five Escherichia coli, three Klebsiella pneumoniae, three Pseudomonas putida, two Enterobacter cloacae, and one Enterobacter hormaechei. The mcr-positive variant showed significantly higher phenotypic colistin resistance with MIC between >16µg/mL and >128µg/mL (p<0.001). Over 85% of colistin-resistant isolates showed MDR phenomena.Conclusions: The emergence of the clinical MDR pathogens with resistance to a highly selective drug may lead to a lack of treatment options for the infectious diseases and spread of infection to the unaffected cohorts.

PMID:33691556 | DOI:10.1080/17512433.2021.1901577