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Clinical implications of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) with VanD phenotype and vanA genotype.

Song, JH; Ko, KS; Suh, JY; Oh, WS; Kang, CI; Chung, DR; Peck, KR; Lee, NY; Lee, WG
The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy, 61(4):838-844, 2008
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The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the clinical implications of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) with VanD phenotype and vanA genotype (VanD-vanA VRE). METHODS: We tested in vitro and in vivo efficacies of teicoplanin against VanD-vanA VRE strains. Change in teicoplanin MICs was monitored during incubation with teicoplanin. In vitro and in vivo time-kill assay and survival analysis using a mouse peritonitis model were performed. RESULTS: Teicoplanin MICs of VanD-vanA VRE strains increased to 128 mg/L within 48 h when they were cultured with 120 mg/L teicoplanin. In vitro and in vivo time-kill assay showed that VanD-vanA VRE strains were not eliminated by 120 mg/L teicoplanin in contrast to vancomycin-susceptible E. faecium and VanD-vanB strains. The survival rate of mice infected with VanD-vanA VRE strains treated with teicoplanin was comparable with that of untreated mice. CONCLUSION: Data suggest that teicoplanin would fail in the treatment of VanD type VRE infections if the strains contained the vanA gene, which cannot be detected in the clinical microbiology laboratory.
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AnimalsAnti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacologyAnti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use*Bacterial Proteins/genetics*Blood/microbiologyCarbon-Oxygen Ligases/genetics*Colony Count, MicrobialEnterococcus faecium/drug effects*Enterococcus faecium/geneticsEnterococcus faecium/isolation & purificationFemaleGram-Positive Bacterial Infections/drug therapyGram-Positive Bacterial Infections/microbiologyMiceMice, Inbred ICRMicrobial Sensitivity TestsMicrobial ViabilityPeritonitis/drug therapyPeritonitis/microbiologySurvival AnalysisTeicoplanin/pharmacology*Teicoplanin/therapeutic use*Vancomycin Resistance/genetics*
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