The Emergence of Echinocandin-Resistant <em>Candida glabrata</em> Exhibiting High MICs and Related <em>FKS</em> Mutations in Turkey

J Fungi (Basel). 2021 Aug 26;7(9):691. doi: 10.3390/jof7090691.


The frequency of invasive fungal infections shows a rising trend as well as a high morbidity and mortality. Among the causative agents, a shift toward the non-albicans Candida species including Candida glabrata species complex is being observed in several centers. Echinocandin resistance is increasingly published; however, isolates presenting with an in vitro resistance have not yet been reported from Turkey. We, herein, report the first FKS mutant and phenotypically echinocandin-resistant C. glabrata clinical strains from a single center in Turkey. In a 43-year-old female patient, several enterocutaneous fistulae developed after a long term hospitalization period and several complicated surgeries. She eventually required parenteral nutrition via a tunneled central venous catheter (CVC). Following a number of bacteremic and fungemic episodes as well as intensive antimicrobial interventions (including fluconazole, caspofungin and anidulafungin), a CVC-related candidemia caused by C. glabrata was detected. The isolated strain yielded high minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values for echinocandins and was categorized as resistant. A resistance-related mutation was detected in FKS2 HS1 (D666V). Blood cultures remained negative after the removal of the CVC and treatment with caspofungin and high-dose fluconazole. Following this first case, two additional C. glabrata strains with high echinocandin MICs were isolated from the urine cultures of two unrelated patients from different wards with different mutations in FKS2 HS1 (S663P and delF659). Our findings indicate that routine antifungal susceptibility testing is crucial and underlines the need for attention for the increasing trend of acquired echinocandin resistance in C. glabrata.

PMID:34575729 | PMC:PMC8469111 | DOI:10.3390/jof7090691