Draft genome sequence of a KPC-2-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST340 carrying blaCTX-M-15 and blaCTX-M-59 genes: a rich genome of mobile genetic elements and genes encoding antibiotic resistance

Tiago Casella, Andressa Batista Zequini de Morais, Diego Diniz de Paula Barcelos, Fernanda Modesto Tolentino, Louise Teixeira Cerdeira, Maria Fernanda Campagnari Bueno, Gabriela Rodrigues Francisco, Leonardo Neves de Andrade, Ana Lucia da Costa Darini, Doroti de Oliveira Garcia, Nilton Lincopan, Mara Corrêa Lelles Nogueira

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Objectives: Klebsiella pneumoniae is considered an opportunistic pathogen and an important agent of nosocomial and community infections. It presents the ability to capture and harbour several antimicrobial resistance genes and, in this context, the extensive use of carbapenems to treat serious infections has been responsible for the selection of several resistance genes. This study reports the draft genome sequence of a KPC-2-producing K. pneumoniae strain (Kp10) simultaneously harbouring blaCTX-M-15 and blaCTX-M-59 genes isolated from urine culture of a patient with Parkinson's disease. Methods: Classical microbiological methods were applied to isolate and identify the strain, and PCR and sequencing were used to identify and characterise the genes and the genetic environment. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) was performed using a Nextera XT DNA library and a NextSeq platform. Results: WGS analysis revealed the presence of 5915 coding genes, 46 RNA-encoding genes and 255 pseudogenes. Kp10 belonged to sequence type 340 (ST340) of clonal complex 258 (CC258) and carried 20 transferable genes associated with antimicrobial resistance, comprising seven drug classes. Although the simultaneous presence of different blaCTX-M genes in the same strain is rarely reported, the blaKPC-2, blaCTX-M-15 and blaCTX-M-59 genes were not associated with the same genetic mobile structure in Kp10. Conclusions: These results confirm the capacity of K. pneumoniae to harbour several antimicrobial resistance genes. Thus, this draft genome could help in future epidemiological studies regarding the dissemination of clinically relevant resistance genes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-36
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • CTX-M-15
  • CTX-M-59
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • KPC-2
  • Urinary tract infection

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