Clonal distribution of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Poland

T. Leski, D. Oliveira, K. Trzcinski, I. Santos Sanches, M. Aires De Sousa, W. Hryniewicz, H. De Lencastre

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We report on a study of 158 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) clinical isolates obtained from 1990 to 1996 in 18 different hospitals in Poland. All isolates were recovered from infection and carriage sites of patients, carriage sites of health care personnel, and hospital environment samples. Fifty-seven MRSA strains described here were studied previously and these were divided into two different clusters according to the degree of heterogeneity of methicillin resistance expression. The aim of this study was to extend the correlation between the two clusters and identify the clonal identities among all isolates by a combination of different methodologies: (i) analysis of mecA polymorphs and Tn554 insertion patterns and (ii) determination of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns of chromosomal SmaI digests. Ninety-seven of 158 strains showed a heterogeneous expression of resistance to methicillin. Among these, 75 (77.3%) were ClaI-mecA type I, ClaI-Tn554 type NH (NH, no horology with transposon Tn554), and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern A (I::NH::A); 10 isolates were III::B::M (10.3%); and the remaining clones included a few or single isolates. The isolates with homogeneous expression of resistance to methicillin (n = 61) were predominantly ClaI-mecA type III (49 of 61 [80.3%]) but had great variability in their ClaI-Tn554 and PFGE patterns. This study confirmed the existence of two main clusters of MRSA in Poland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3532-3539
Number of pages8
JournalJournal Of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998


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