High-virulence CMY-2- and CTX-M-2-producing avian pathogenic Escherichia coli strains isolated from commercial turkeys

Ketrin Cristina da Silva, Marcos Paulo Vieira Cunha, Louise Cerdeira, Maria Gabriela Xavier de Oliveira, Mirela Caroline Vilela de Oliveira, Cleise Ribeiro Gomes, Nilton Lincopan, Terezinha Knöbl, Andrea Micke Moreno

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This study reports the high-virulence phylogenetic backgrounds of CMY-2- and CTX-M-2-producing avian pathogenic Escherichia coli strains isolated from turkeys sent to slaughter and condemned by airsacculitis in Brazil. Among 300 air sac samples, seven E. coli strains produced plasmid-mediated CMY-2-type AmpC, of which three carried also the blaCTX-M-2 Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase encoding gene. Interestingly, the transfer of the blaCMY-2 gene was positive for three E. coli strains, being associated with the presence of IncI1 plasmids. The complete sequence of the representative pJB10 plasmid revealed that the blaCMY-2 gene was within a transposon-like element in the classical genetic environment consisting of tnpA-blaCMY-2-blc-sugE structure. This plasmid with 94-kb belonged to the sequence type (ST) 12 among IncI1 plasmids, which has been associated with the worldwide spread of blaCMY-2 among Salmonella enterica and E. coli. Furthermore, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first complete sequence of a CMY-2-encoding plasmid derived from an Escherichia coli isolated from food-producing animals in Latin America.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-67
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • CMY-2
  • ESBL
  • IncI1/ST12
  • Plasmid
  • Turkey

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