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See detailNew Amphiphilic Neamine Derivatives Active against Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Their Interactions with Lipopolysaccharides
Sautrey, Guillaume; Zimmerman, Louis; Deleu, Magali ULg et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2014), 58(8), 4420-4430

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See detailGenetic and kinetic characterization of the novel AmpC beta-lactamases DHA-6 and DHA-7.
Perez-Llarena, Francisco Jose; Zamorano, Laura; Kerff, Frédéric ULg et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2014)

During a Spanish surveillance study, two natural variants of DHA beta-lactamases, DHA-6 and DHA-7 were found, with the replacements Ala226Thr and Phe322Ser respect to DHA-1, respectively. The enzymes were ... [more ▼]

During a Spanish surveillance study, two natural variants of DHA beta-lactamases, DHA-6 and DHA-7 were found, with the replacements Ala226Thr and Phe322Ser respect to DHA-1, respectively. The enzymes were isolated from Escherichia coli and Enterobacter cloacae clinical isolates, respectively. The aim of the study was the genetic, microbiological and biochemical characterization of the DHA-6 and DHA-7 beta-lactamases. The blaDHA-6 andblaDHA-7 genes were located in I1 and HI2 incompatibility group plasmids of 87.3 and 310.4 kb, respectively. The gene context of both blaDHA-6 andblaDHA-7 was similar to that already described for blaDHA-1 gene and included the qnrB4 and aadA genes. The MICs for cephalothin, aztreonam, cefotaxime and ceftazidime were 8 to 30 fold lower for the DHA-6 than for DHA-1 and DHA-7 expressed in the same isogenic E.coli TG1 strain. Interestingly the MIC for cefoxitin was higher in DHA-6 expressing transformant compared to DHA-1 and DHA-7. Biochemical studies with pure beta-lactamases revealed a slightly lower catalytic efficiency of DHA-6 against cephalothin, ceftazidime and cefotaxime compared to DHA-1 and DHA-7. To understand this behavior, stability experiments were carried out and showed that the DHA-6 protein displayed a significantly higher stability than DHA-1 and DHA-7 enzymes. The proximity of Thr226 to the N-terminal in the tertiary protein structure in DHA-6 may promote this stabilization and consequently could induce a slight reduction of the dynamic of this enzyme primarily affecting the hydrolysis of some of the bulkiest antibiotics. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal Structure of the Extended-Spectrum β -Lactamase PER-2 and Insights into the Role of Specific Residues in the Interaction with β -Lactams and β -Lactamase Inhibitors
Ruggiero, Melina; Kerff, Frédéric ULg; Herman, Raphaël ULg et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2014), 58(10), 5994-6002

PER-2 belongs to a small (7 members to date) group of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases. It has 88% amino acid identity with PER-1 and both display high catalytic efficiencies toward most beta-lactams. In ... [more ▼]

PER-2 belongs to a small (7 members to date) group of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases. It has 88% amino acid identity with PER-1 and both display high catalytic efficiencies toward most beta-lactams. In this study, we determined the X-ray structure of PER-2 at 2.20 A and evaluated the possible role of several residues in the structure and activity toward beta-lactams and mechanism-based inhibitors. PER-2 is defined by the presence of a singular trans bond between residues 166 to 167, which generates an inverted Omega loop, an expanded fold of this domain that results in a wide active site cavity that allows for efficient hydrolysis of antibiotics like the oxyimino-cephalosporins, and a series of exclusive interactions between residues not frequently involved in the stabilization of the active site in other class A beta-lactamases. PER beta-lactamases might be included within a cluster of evolutionarily related enzymes harboring the conserved residues Asp136 and Asn179. Other signature residues that define these enzymes seem to be Gln69, Arg220, Thr237, and probably Arg/Lys240A ("A" indicates an insertion according to Ambler's scheme for residue numbering in PER beta-lactamases), with structurally important roles in the stabilization of the active site and proper orientation of catalytic water molecules, among others. We propose, supported by simulated models of PER-2 in combination with different beta-lactams, the presence of a hydrogen-bond network connecting Ser70-Gln69-water-Thr237-Arg220 that might be important for the proper activity and inhibition of the enzyme. Therefore, we expect that mutations occurring in these positions will have impacts on the overall hydrolytic behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vitro Synergy of Polymyxins and Carbapenems: Systematic Review and Meta Analysis.
Zusman, Oren; Avni, Tomer; Leibovici, Leonard et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2013), 57(10), 5104-51011

ObjectivesTo examine the evidence on in-vitro synergy of polymyxin-carbapenem combination therapy against Gram-negative bacteria (GNB)MethodsSystematic review and meta-analysis. All studies examining in ... [more ▼]

ObjectivesTo examine the evidence on in-vitro synergy of polymyxin-carbapenem combination therapy against Gram-negative bacteria (GNB)MethodsSystematic review and meta-analysis. All studies examining in-vitro interactions of antibiotic combinations consisting of any carbapenem with colistin or polymyxin B against any GNB. A broad search was conducted with no language, date or publication status restrictions. Synergy rates, defined as fractional inhibitory concentration index </=0.5 or >2log colony forming unit reduction, were pooled separately for time-kill, checkerboard, and E-test in a mixed-effects meta-analysis of rates. We examined whether synergy rate depended on testing method, type of antibiotic, bacteria and resistance to carbapenems. Pooled rates with 95% confidence intervals are shown.Results39 published studies and 15 conference proceeding were included, reporting on 246 different tests on 1054 bacterial isolates. In time-kill studies, combination therapy showed synergy rates of 77% (95% CI 64-87) for Acinetobacter baumannii, 44% (95% CI 30-59%) for Klebsiella pneumoniae and 50% (95% CI 30-69%) for Pseudomonas aeruginosa with low antagonism rates for all. Doripenem showed high synergy rates for all three bacteria. For A. baumannii, meropenem was more synergistic than imipenem, whereas for P. aeruginosa the opposite was true. Checkerboard and Etest studies generally reported lower synergy rates than time-kill. Use of combination therapy led to less resistance development in-vitro.ConclusionsThe combination of a carbapenem with a polymyxin against GNB, especially A. baumannii, is supported in-vitro by high synergy rates, with low antagonism and less resistance development. These findings should be examined in clinical studies. [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition of Streptococcus pneumoniae pencillin-binding protein 2x and Actinomadura R39 DD-peptidase activities by ceftaroline.
Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Zapun, Andre; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2013), 57(1), 661-663

Although the rate of acylation of a penicillin-resistant form of Streptococcus pneumoniae PBP2x by ceftaroline is 80-fold lower than that of its penicillin-sensitive counterpart, it remains sufficiently ... [more ▼]

Although the rate of acylation of a penicillin-resistant form of Streptococcus pneumoniae PBP2x by ceftaroline is 80-fold lower than that of its penicillin-sensitive counterpart, it remains sufficiently high (k(2)/K = 12600 M(-1)s(-1)) to explain the sensitivity of the penicillin-resistant strain to this new cephalosporin. Surprisingly, the Actinomadura R39 DD-peptidase is not very sensitive to ceftaroline. [less ▲]

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See detailGES-18, a new carbapenem-hydrolyzing GES-Type β-lactamase from pseudomonas aeruginosa that contains Ile80 and Ser170 residues.
Bebrone, Carine ULg; Bogaerts, Pierre; Delbrück, Heinrich et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2013), 57(1)

A clinical isolate of Pseudomonas aeruginosa recovered from the lower respiratory tract of an 81-year-old patient hospitalized in Belgium was sent to the national reference center to determine its ... [more ▼]

A clinical isolate of Pseudomonas aeruginosa recovered from the lower respiratory tract of an 81-year-old patient hospitalized in Belgium was sent to the national reference center to determine its resistance mechanism. PCR sequencing identified a new GES variant, GES-18, which differs from the carbapenem-hydrolyzing enzyme GES-5 by a single amino acid substitution (Val80Ile, in the numbering according to Ambler) and from GES-1 by two substitutions (Val80Ile and Gly170Ser). Detailed kinetic characterization showed that GES-18 and GES-5 hydrolyze imipenem and cefoxitin with similar kinetic parameters and that GES-18 was less susceptible than GES-1 to classical β-lactamase inhibitors such as clavulanate and tazobactam. The overall structure of GES-18 is similar to the solved structures of GES-1 and GES-2, the Val80Ile and Gly170Ser substitutions causing only subtle local rearrangements. Notably, the hydrolytic water molecule and the Glu166 residue were slightly displaced compared to their counterparts in GES-1. Our kinetic and crystallographic data for GES-18 highlight the pivotal role of the Gly170Ser substitution which distinguishes GES-5 and GES-18 from GES-1. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the new AmpC beta-lactamase FOX-8 reveals a single mutation, Phe313Leu, located in the R2 loop that affects ceftazidime hydrolysis.
Perez-Llarena, Francisco Jose; Kerff, Frédéric ULg; Zamorano, Laura et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2013), 57(10), 5158-61

A novel class C beta-lactamase (FOX-8) was isolated from a clinical strain of Escherichia coli. The FOX-8 enzyme possessed a unique substitution (Phe313Leu) compared to FOX-3. Isogenic E. coli strains ... [more ▼]

A novel class C beta-lactamase (FOX-8) was isolated from a clinical strain of Escherichia coli. The FOX-8 enzyme possessed a unique substitution (Phe313Leu) compared to FOX-3. Isogenic E. coli strains carrying FOX-8 showed an 8-fold reduction in resistance to ceftazidime relative to FOX-3. In a kinetic analysis, FOX-8 displayed a 33-fold reduction in kcat/Km for ceftazidime compared to FOX-3. In the FOX family of beta-lactamases, the Phe313 residue located in the R2 loop affects ceftazidime hydrolysis and alters the phenotype of E. coli strains carrying this variant. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic and crystallographic studies of extended-spectrum GES-11, GES-12, and GES-14 β-lactamases.
Delbrück, Heinrich; Bogaerts, Pierre; Kupper, Michaël et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2012), 56(11)

GES-1 is a class A extended-spectrum β-lactamase conferring resistance to penicillins, narrow- and expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, and ceftazidime. However, GES-1 poorly hydrolyzes aztreonam and ... [more ▼]

GES-1 is a class A extended-spectrum β-lactamase conferring resistance to penicillins, narrow- and expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, and ceftazidime. However, GES-1 poorly hydrolyzes aztreonam and cephamycins and exhibits very low k(cat) values for carbapenems. Twenty-two GES variants have been discovered thus far, differing from each other by 1 to 3 amino acid substitutions that affect substrate specificity. GES-11 possesses a Gly243Ala substitution which seems to confer to this variant an increased activity against aztreonam and ceftazidime. GES-12 differs from GES-11 by a single Thr237Ala substitution, while GES-14 differs from GES-11 by the Gly170Ser mutation, which is known to confer increased carbapenemase activity. GES-11 and GES-12 were kinetically characterized and compared to GES-1 and GES-14. Purified GES-11 and GES-12 showed strong activities against most tested β-lactams, with the exception of temocillin, cefoxitin, and carbapenems. Both variants showed a significantly increased rate of hydrolysis of cefotaxime, ceftazidime, and aztreonam. On the other hand, GES-11 and GES-12 (and GES-14) variants all containing Ala243 exhibited increased susceptibility to classical inhibitors. The crystallographic structures of the GES-11 and GES-14 β-lactamases were solved. The overall structures of GES-11 and GES-14 are similar to that of GES-1. The Gly243Ala substitution caused only subtle local rearrangements, notably in the typical carbapenemase disulfide bond. The active sites of GES-14 and GES-11 are very similar, with the Gly170Ser substitution leading only to the formation of additional hydrogen bonds of the Ser residue with hydrolytic water and the Glu166 residue. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of a novel IMP-28 metallo-β-lactamase from a Spanish Klebsiella oxytoca clinical isolate
Pérez-Llarena, FJ; Fernández, A; Zamorano, L et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2012), 56(8), 4540-3

An isolate of Klebsiella oxytoca carrying a novel IMP metallo-β-lactamase was discovered in Madrid, Spain. The bla(IMP-28) gene is part of a chromosomally located class I integron. The IMP-28 k(cat)/K(m ... [more ▼]

An isolate of Klebsiella oxytoca carrying a novel IMP metallo-β-lactamase was discovered in Madrid, Spain. The bla(IMP-28) gene is part of a chromosomally located class I integron. The IMP-28 k(cat)/K(m) values for ampicillin, ceftazidime, and cefepime and, to a lesser extent, imipenem and meropenem, are clearly lower than those of IMP-1. The His306Gln mutation may induce important modifications of the L3 loop and thus of substrate accessibility and hydrolysis and be the main reason for this behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection and characterization of VIM-31, a new variant of VIM-2 with Tyr224His and His252Arg mutations, in a clinical isolate of Enterobacter cloacae.
Bogaerts, Pierre; Bebrone, Carine ULg; Huang, Te-Ding et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2012), 56(6)

We report the first description of the metallo-β-lactamase VIM-31, a new variant of VIM-2 with Tyr224His and His252Arg mutations, in Enterobacter cloacae 11236, which was isolated from blood specimens of ... [more ▼]

We report the first description of the metallo-β-lactamase VIM-31, a new variant of VIM-2 with Tyr224His and His252Arg mutations, in Enterobacter cloacae 11236, which was isolated from blood specimens of a patient with colonic adenocarcinoma in Belgium. bla(VIM-31) was found on a class 1 integron located on a self-transferable but not typeable 42-kb plasmid. Compared to values published elsewhere for VIM-2, the purified VIM-31 enzyme showed weaker catalytic efficiency against all the tested beta-lactam agents (except for ertapenem), resulting from lower k(cat) (except for ertapenem) and higher K(m) values for VIM-31. [less ▲]

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See detailSynergistic interaction of the triple combination of amphotericin B, ciprofloxacin, and polymorphonuclear neutrophils against Aspergillus fumigatus.
STERGIOPOULOU, Theodouli ULg; Meletiadis, Joseph; Sein, Tin et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2011), 55(12), 5923-9

Aspergillus is damaged by polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) by means of nonoxidative and oxidative mechanisms, which may be affected by antifungal and antibacterial agents that patients with invasive ... [more ▼]

Aspergillus is damaged by polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) by means of nonoxidative and oxidative mechanisms, which may be affected by antifungal and antibacterial agents that patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis often receive. The pharmacodynamic interactions among deoxycholate amphotericin B (AMB), ciprofloxacin (CIP), and human PMNs against Aspergillus fumigatus growth are unknown. We therefore studied the interactions between 0.032 to 2.0 mug/ml of AMB, 0.1 to 50 mug/ml of CIP at a fixed AMB/CIP ratio of 1:3.125, and PMNs from six donors at an effector-to-target (E:T) ratio of 400:1 against a clinical A. fumigatus isolate using an XTT metabolic assay and the Bliss independence pharmacodynamic-interaction model. CIP exhibited no antifungal activity alone or in combination with PMNs. Synergy was found between AMB and PMNs, with interaction indices (II) of 0.06 to 0.21; the highest interaction of 21% +/- 3.6% was observed at 0.22 +/- 0.09 mug/ml of AMB. The AMB and CIP (AMB+CIP) combination was synergistic (II = 0.39) at low AMB concentrations and antagonistic (II = 1.39) at high AMB concentrations, with a maximal synergistic interaction of 16% +/- 3.7% observed at 0.16 +/- 0.08 mug/ml of AMB. The triple combination AMB+CIP+PMNs was synergistic, with interaction indices of 0.05 to 0.20, and a maximal synergistic interaction of 24% +/- 4% was observed at 0.20 +/- 0.07 mug/ml of AMB. The increased percentage of Bliss synergy of the triple combination AMB+CIP+PMNs (24% +/- 4%) was the product of those of the constituent double combinations AMB+PMNs (21% +/- 3.6%) and AMB+CIP (16% +/- 3.7%). Thus, the antifungal activity of AMB, at clinically relevant concentrations, was enhanced in combination with PMNs and CIP against A. fumigatus growth in a concentration-dependent manner. [less ▲]

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See detailOXA-198, an acquired carbapenem-hydrolyzing class D beta-lactamase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
El Garch, Farid; Bogaerts, Pierre; Bebrone, Carine ULg et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2011), 55(10)

A carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain (PA41437) susceptible to expanded-spectrum cephalosporins was recovered from several consecutive lower-respiratory-tract specimens of a patient who ... [more ▼]

A carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain (PA41437) susceptible to expanded-spectrum cephalosporins was recovered from several consecutive lower-respiratory-tract specimens of a patient who developed a ventilator-associated pneumonia while hospitalized in an intensive care unit. Cloning experiments identified OXA-198, a new class D β-lactamase which was weakly related (less than 45% amino acid identity) to other class D β-lactamases. Expression in Escherichia coli TOP10 and in P. aeruginosa PAO1 led to transformants that were resistant to ticarcillin and showed reduced susceptibility to carbapenems and cefepime. The bla(OXA-198) gene was harbored by a class 1 integron carried by a ca. 46-kb nontypeable plasmid. This study describes a novel class D β-lactamase involved in carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa. [less ▲]

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See detailDistant and new mutations in CTX-M-1 beta-lactamase affect cefotaxime hydrolysis.
Perez-Llarena, Francisco J; Kerff, Frédéric ULg; Abian, Olga et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2011), 55(9), 4361-8

The CTX-M beta-lactamases are an increasingly prevalent group of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL). Point mutations in CTX-M beta-lactamases are considered critical for enhanced hydrolysis of ... [more ▼]

The CTX-M beta-lactamases are an increasingly prevalent group of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL). Point mutations in CTX-M beta-lactamases are considered critical for enhanced hydrolysis of cefotaxime. In order to clarify the structural determinants of the activity against cefotaxime in CTX-M beta-lactamases, screening for random mutations was carried out to search for decreased activity against cefotaxime, with the CTX-M-1 gene as a model. Thirteen single mutants with a considerable reduction in cefotaxime MICs were selected for biochemical and stability studies. The 13 mutated genes of the CTX-M-1 beta-lactamase were expressed, and the proteins were purified for kinetic studies against cephalothin and cefotaxime (as the main antibiotics). Some of the positions, such as Val103Asp, Asn104Asp, Asn106Lys, and Pro107Ser, are located in the (103)VNYN(106) loop, which had been described as important in cefotaxime hydrolysis, although this has not been experimentally confirmed. There are four mutations located close to catalytic residues-Thr71Ile, Met135Ile, Arg164His, and Asn244Asp-that may affect the positioning of these residues. We show here that some distant mutations, such as Ala219Val, are critical for cefotaxime hydrolysis and highlight the role of this loop at the top of the active site. Other distant substitutions, such as Val80Ala, Arg191, Ala247Ser, and Val260Leu, are in hydrophobic cores and may affect the dynamics and flexibility of the enzyme. We describe here, in conclusion, new residues involved in cefotaxime hydrolysis in CTX-M beta-lactamases, five of which are in positions distant from the catalytic center. [less ▲]

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See detailMutational analysis of VIM-2 reveals an essential determinant for metallo-beta-lactamase stability and folding.
Borgianni, Luisa; Vandenameele, Julie ULg; Matagne, André ULg et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2010), 54(8), 3197-204

Metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL)-producing bacteria are emerging worldwide and represent a formidable threat to the efficacy of relevant beta-lactams, including carbapenems, expanded-spectrum cephalosporins ... [more ▼]

Metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL)-producing bacteria are emerging worldwide and represent a formidable threat to the efficacy of relevant beta-lactams, including carbapenems, expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, and beta-lactamase inactivator/beta-lactam combinations. VIM-2 is currently the most widespread MBL and represents a primary target for MBL inhibitor research, the clinical need for which is expected to further increase in the future. Using a saturation mutagenesis approach, we probed the importance of four residues (Phe-61, Ala-64, Tyr-67, and Trp-87) located close to the VIM-2 active site and putatively relevant to the enzyme activity based on structural knowledge of the enzyme and on structure-activity relationships of the subclass B1 MBLs. The ampicillin MIC values shown by the various mutants were affected very differently depending on the randomized amino acid position. Position 64 appeared to be rather tolerant to substitution, and kinetic studies showed that the A64W mutation did not significantly affect substrate hydrolysis or binding, representing an important difference from IMP-type enzymes. Phe-61 and Tyr-67 could be replaced with several amino acids without the ampicillin MIC being significantly affected, but in contrast, Trp-87 was found to be critical for ampicillin resistance. Further kinetic and biochemical analyses of W87A and W87F variants showed that this residue is apparently important for the structure and proper folding of the enzyme but, surprisingly, not for its catalytic activity. These data support the critical role of residue 87 in the stability and folding of VIM-2 and might have strong implications for MBL inhibitor design, as this residue would represent an ideal target for interaction with small molecules. [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction of ceftobiprole with the low-affinity PBP 5 of Enterococcus faecium
Henry, X.; Amoroso, Ana Maria ULg; Coyette, Jacques ULg et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2010), 54

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See detailIND-6, a Highly Divergent IND-type Metallo-{beta}-lactamase from Chryseobacterium indologenes strain 597 isolated in Burkina Faso.
Zeba, Boularé; De Luca, Filomena; Dubus, Alain et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2009)

Chryseobacterium and other genera belonging to the family Flavobacteriaceae include organisms that can behave as human pathogens and are known to cause different kinds of infections. Several ... [more ▼]

Chryseobacterium and other genera belonging to the family Flavobacteriaceae include organisms that can behave as human pathogens and are known to cause different kinds of infections. Several Flavobacteriaceae, including Chryseobacterium indologenes, are naturally resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics (including carbapenems), due to the production of a resident metallo-beta-lactamase. Although C. indologenes presently constitutes a limited clinical threat, the incidence of infections caused by this organism is increasing in some settings, where isolates that exhibit multidrug resistance phenotypes (that include aminoglycosides and quinolones) have been described. Here we report the identification and characterization of a new IND-type variant from a C. indologenes isolate from Burkina Faso resistant to beta-lactams and aminoglycosides. Its sequence identity with other IND-type metallo-beta-lactamases ranges from 72 to 90% (with IND-4 and IND-5, respectively). The purified enzyme exhibited N-terminal heterogeneity and a post-translational modification, consisting in the presence of a pyroglutamate residue at the N-terminus. IND-6 shows a broad substrate profile, with overall higher turnover rates than IND-5 and higher activities than IND-2 and IND-5 against ceftazidime and cefepime. [less ▲]

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See detailThe structure of the di-zinc subclass B2 metallo-beta-lactamase CphA reveals that the second inhibitory zinc ion binds in the "histidine" site.
Bebrone, Carine ULg; Delbrück, Heinrich; Kupper, Michaël et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2009)

Bacteria can defend themselves against beta-lactam antibiotics through the expression of class B beta-lactamases, which cleave the beta-lactam amide bond and render the molecule harmless. There are three ... [more ▼]

Bacteria can defend themselves against beta-lactam antibiotics through the expression of class B beta-lactamases, which cleave the beta-lactam amide bond and render the molecule harmless. There are three subclasses of class B beta-lactamases (B1, B2 and B3), all of which require Zn(2+) for activity and can bind either one or two zinc ions. Whereas the B1 and B3 metallo-beta-lactamases are most active as di-zinc enzymes, subclass B2 enzymes such as Aeromonas hydrophila CphA are inhibited by the binding of a second zinc ion. We crystallized A. hydrophila CphA in order to determine the binding site of the inhibitory zinc ion. X-ray data from zinc-saturated crystals allowed us to solve the crystal structures of the di-zinc forms of the wild-type enzyme and N220G mutant. The first zinc ion binds in the "cysteine" site, as previously determined for the mono-zinc form of the enzyme. The second zinc ion occupies a slightly modified "histidine" site, where the conserved His118 and His196 residues act as metal ligands. This atypical coordination sphere probably explains the rather high dissociation constant for the second zinc ion compared to those observed in enzymes of subclasses B1 and B3. Inhibition by the second zinc ion results from immobilization of the catalytically-important His118 and His196 residues, as well as the folding of the Gly232-Asn233 loop into a position that covers the active site. [less ▲]

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See detailActivities of ceftobiprole and other cephalosporins against extracellular and intracellular (THP-1 macrophages and keratinocytes) forms of methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Lemaire, Sandrine; Glupczynski, Youri; Duval, Valerie et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2009), 53(6), 2289-97

Staphylococcus aureus is an opportunistic intracellular organism. Although they poorly accumulate in eukaryotic cells, beta-lactams show activity against intracellular methicillin (methicillin ... [more ▼]

Staphylococcus aureus is an opportunistic intracellular organism. Although they poorly accumulate in eukaryotic cells, beta-lactams show activity against intracellular methicillin (methicillin)-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) if the exposure times and the drug concentrations are sufficient. Intraphagocytic methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains are susceptible to penicillins and carbapenems because the acidic pH favors the acylation of PBP 2a by these beta-lactams through pH-induced conformational changes. The intracellular activity (THP-1 macrophages and keratinocytes) of ceftobiprole, which shows almost similar in vitro activities against MRSA and MSSA in broth, was examined against a panel of hospital-acquired and community-acquired MRSA strains (MICs, 0.5 to 2.0 mg/liter at pH 7.4 and 0.25 to 1.0 mg/liter at pH 5.5) and was compared with its activity against MSSA isolates. The key pharmacological descriptors {relative maximal efficacy (E(max)), relative potency (the concentration causing a reduction of the inoculum halfway between E(0) and E(max) [EC(50)]), and static concentration (C(s))} were measured. All strains showed sigmoidal dose-responses, with E(max) being about a 1 log(10) CFU decrease from the postphagocytosis inoculum, and EC(50) and C(s) being 0.2 to 0.3x and 0.6 to 0.9x the MIC, respectively. Ceftobiprole effectively competed with Bocillin FL (a fluorescent derivative of penicillin V) for binding to PBP 2a at both pH 5.5 and pH 7.4. In contrast, cephalexin, cefuroxime, cefoxitin, or ceftriaxone (i) were less potent in PBP 2a competitive binding assays, (ii) showed only partial restoration of the activity against MRSA in broth at acidic pH, and (iii) were collectively less effective against MRSA in THP-1 macrophages and were ineffective in keratinocytes. The improved activity of ceftobiprole toward intracellular MRSA compared with the activities of conventional cephalosporins can be explained, at least in part, by its greater ability to bind to PBP 2a not only at neutral but also at acidic pH. [less ▲]

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See detailSubstrate-induced inactivation of the Escherichia coli AmiD N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanine amidase highlights a new strategy to inhibit this class of enzyme.
Pennartz, Anne; Genereux, Catherine ULg; Parquet, Claudine et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2009), 53(7), 2991-7

In the eubacterial cell, the peptidoglycan is perpetually hydrolyzed throughout the cell cycle by different enzymes such as lytic transglycosylases, endopeptidases, and amidases. In Escherichia coli, four ... [more ▼]

In the eubacterial cell, the peptidoglycan is perpetually hydrolyzed throughout the cell cycle by different enzymes such as lytic transglycosylases, endopeptidases, and amidases. In Escherichia coli, four N-acetylmuramoyl-l-alanine amidases, AmiA, -B, -C, and -D, are present in the periplasm. AmiA, -B, and -C are soluble enzymes, whereas AmiD is a lipoprotein anchored in the outer membrane. To determine more precisely the specificity and the kinetic parameters of AmiD, we overproduced and purified the native His-tagged AmiD in the presence of detergent and a soluble truncated form of this enzyme by removing its signal peptide and the cysteine residue responsible for its lipidic anchorage. AmiD is a zinc metalloenzyme and is inactivated by a metal chelator such as EDTA. Native His-tagged and truncated AmiD hydrolyzes peptidoglycan fragments that have at least three amino acids in their peptide chains, and the presence of an anhydro function on the N-acetylmuramic acid is not essential for its activity. The soluble truncated AmiD exhibits a biphasic kinetic time course that can be explained by the inactivation of the enzyme by the substrate. This behavior highlights a new strategy to inhibit this class of enzymes. [less ▲]

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