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1.  Detection of a Variant Metallo-β-Lactamase, IMP-10, from Two Unrelated Strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and an Alcaligenes xylosoxidans Strain 
The gene blaIMP-10 of a variant metallo-β-lactamase, IMP-10, had a single base replacement of G by T at nucleotide 145, which led to an amino acid alteration of Val49 to Phe compared to the IMP-1 enzyme, indicating that IMP-10 was a point mutation derivative of IMP-1. Highly purified enzymes revealed that IMP-10 was different from IMP-1 in its extremely low hydrolyzing activities for penicillins, such as benzylpenicillin, ampicillin, and piperacillin.
PMCID: PMC127220  PMID: 12019129
3.  Functional Analysis of the Active Site of a Metallo-β-Lactamase Proliferating in Japan 
An R-plasmid-mediated metallo-β-lactamase was found in Klebsiella pneumoniae DK4 isolated in Japan in 1991. The nucleotide sequence of its structural gene revealed that the β-lactamase termed DK4 was identical to the IMP-1 metallo-β-lactamase which was mediated by a chromosomal gene of Serratia marcescens TN9106 isolated in Japan in 1991 (E. Osano et al., Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 38:71–78, 1994). The dose effect of DK4 β-lactamase production on the resistance levels indicated a significant contribution of the enzyme to bacterial resistance to all the β-lactams except monobactams. The enzymatic characteristics of the DK4 β-lactamase and its kinetic parameters for nine β-lactams were examined. The DK4 β-lactamase was confirmed to contain 2 mol of zinc per mol of enzyme protein. The apoenzyme that lacked the two zincs was structurally unstable, and the activities of only 30% of the apoenzyme molecules could be restored by the addition of 1 mM zinc sulfate. The substitution of five conserved histidines (His28, His86, His88, His149, His210) and a cysteine (Cys168) for an alanine indicated that His86, His88, and His149 served as ligands to one of the zincs and that Cys168 played a role as a ligand to the second zinc. Both zinc molecules contribute to the enzymatic process. Mutant enzymes that lack only one of these retained some activity. Additionally, a conserved aspartic acid at position 90 was replaced by asparagine. This mutant enzyme showed an approximately 1,000 times lower kcat value for cephalothin than that of the wild-type enzyme but retained the two zincs even after dialysis against zinc-free buffer. The observed effect of pH on the activity suggested that Asp90 functions as a general base in the enzymatic process.
PMCID: PMC90062  PMID: 10952572
4.  Amino Acid Substitutions in a Variant of IMP-1 Metallo-β-Lactamase 
In the course of surveying for the carbapenem-hydrolyzing metallo-β-lactamase gene blaIMP in pathogenic bacteria by the PCR method, we detected a gene encoding a variant metallo-β-lactamase, designated IMP-3, which differed from IMP-1 by having low hydrolyzing activity for penicillins and carbapenems. PCR product direct sequencing of a 2.2-kb segment revealed that the gene blaIMP-3 was located on a cassette inserted within a class I integron in the pMS390 plasmid. The 741-bp nucleotide sequence of blaIMP-3 was identical to that of blaIMP-1, except for seven base substitutions. Among these were two, at nucleotide positions 314 and 640, which caused amino acid alterations. Hybrid bla genes were constructed from blaIMP-3 and blaIMP-1 by recombinant DNA techniques, and β-lactamases encoded by these genes were compared with those of the parents IMP-3 and IMP-1 under the same experimental conditions. The kinetic parameters indicated that the inefficient hydrolysis of benzylpenicillin, ampicillin, imipenem, and ceftazidime by IMP-3 was due to the substitution of glycine for serine at amino acid residue 196 in the mature enzyme. This alteration corresponded to the presence of guanine instead of an adenine at nucleotide position 640 of the blaIMP-3 gene. This indicated that extension of the substrate profile in the metallo-β-lactamase IMP-1 compared to IMP-3 is the result of a one-step single-base mutation, suggesting that the gene blaIMP-3 is an ancestor of blaIMP-1.
PMCID: PMC90008  PMID: 10898670
6.  Identification of Functional Amino Acids in the Macrolide 2′-Phosphotransferase II 
Macrolide 2′-phosphotransferase [MPH(2′)] transfers the γ phosphate of ATP to the 2′-OH group of macrolide antibiotics. The role of aspartic acids in the putative ATP-binding site of MPH(2′)II was investigated through the substitution of alanine for aspartate by site-directed mutagenesis. D200A, D209A, D219A, and D231A mutant strains were unable to inactivate the substrate oleandomycin, while a D227A mutant retained 7% of the activity of the original enzyme.
PMCID: PMC89416  PMID: 10428938
7.  Novel Antibiotic Susceptibility Tests by the ATP-Bioluminescence Method Using Filamentous Cell Treatment 
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing by the ATP-bioluminescence method has been noted for its speed; it provides susceptibility results within 2 to 5 h. However, several disagreements between the ATP method and standard methodology have been reported. The present paper describes a novel ATP method in a 3.5-h test which overcomes these deficiencies through the elimination of false-resistance discrepancies in tests on gram-negative bacteria with β-lactam agents. In our test model using Pseudomonas aeruginosa and piperacillin, it was shown that ATP in filamentous cells accounted for the false resistance. We found that 0.5% 2-amino-2-methyl-1,3-propanediol (AMPD) extracted ATP from the filamentous cells without affecting normal cells and that 0.3 U of adenosine phosphate deaminase (APDase)/ml simultaneously digested the extracted ATP. We used the mixture of these reagents for the pretreatment of cells in a procedure we named filamentous cell treatment, prior to ATP measurements. This novel ATP method with the filamentous cell treatment eliminated false-resistance discrepancies in tests on P. aeruginosa with β-lactam agents, including piperacillin, cefoperazone, aztreonam, imipenem-cilastatin, ceftazidime, and cefsulodin. Furthermore, this novel methodology produced results which agreed with those of the standard microdilution method in other tests on gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, including P. aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Enterococcus faecalis, for non-β-lactam agents, such as fosfomycin, ofloxacin, minocycline, and aminoglycosides. MICs obtained by the novel ATP method were also in agreement with those obtained by the agar dilution method of susceptibility testing. From these results, it was shown that the novel ATP method could be used successfully to test the activities of antimicrobial agents with the elimination of the previously reported discrepancies.
PMCID: PMC105613  PMID: 9624485
8.  Antibiotic Susceptibility of Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 Isolated from an Outbreak in Japan in 1996 
The antibiotic susceptibilities of 43 strains of Escherichia coli O157:H7 identified in the summer of 1996 in Japan were investigated. Growth of 90% of O157 strains was inhibited at a concentration of ≤0.5 μg/ml by several agents including fosfomycin with glucose-6-phosphate.
PMCID: PMC105428  PMID: 9527800
10.  Microbial Degradation of Cephalothin by Cephalothin-Susceptible Escherichia coli 
Cephalothin (CET)-susceptible Escherichia coli, which can degrade CET after prolonged incubation in broth containing a concentration of the drug greater than the minimum inhibitory concentration, was found in a clinical specimen. The substrate specificity of the partially purified enzyme to cephalosporin analogs strongly indicated the occurrence of CET-specific degradation. Nuclear magnetic resonance analysis of the degradation reaction demonstrated the appearance of two new signals attributed to deacetyl CET. This suggests the possibility of the presence of acylesterase.
PMCID: PMC352384  PMID: 354516

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