Identification of a New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-4 (NDM-4)-producing Escherichia coli in Italy

Erika Coppo, Valerio Del Bono, Francesco Ventura, Marco Camera, Giovanni Orengo, Claudio Viscoli, Anna Marchese

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Background: During June-July 2012, six imipenem-resistant Escherichia coli isolates were isolated from two patients hospitalized in a ward of one large tertiary-care hospital in Genoa, Italy. Genetic features associated with bla NDM-4 gene were investigated. Results: The isolates exhibited the same PFGE profile and a multidrug-resistant (MDR) phenotype to aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones, and β-lactams. The strains produced the NDM-4 carbapenemase and the bla NDM-4 gene was part of the variable region of a class 1 integron. MLST analysis revealed that all isolates belonged to sequence type 405 (ST405). Conclusions: This is the first report on the emergence of an MDR strain of E.coli producing the NDM-4 MBL in Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number148
JournalBMC Microbiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 7 2014


  • Carbapenemases
  • Class 1 integron
  • E.coli
  • ST405

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology
  • Medicine(all)


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