Massive reduction in methicillin resistance by transposon inactivation of the normal PBP2 in a methicillin-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus

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Abstract

Screening of a large transposon library constructed in the background of a highly and homogeneously methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strain (methicillin MIC 1,600 μg/ml) for Tn551 mutants with reduced resistance, identified mutant RUSA130 with a methicillin MIC of 12 μg/ml. Cloning in E. coli followed by sequencing located the Tn551 insert Ω703 near the C-terminal of the PBP2 gene. Penicillin-binding assays with mutant RUSA130 showed the presence of normal amounts of penicillin-binding protein 2A (PBP2A) but the absence of PBP2. These observations suggest that the mecA gene product PBP2A is not the sole catalyst of peptidoglycan synthesis in MRSA growing in the presence of β-lactam antibiotics, since an intact PBP2 is also essential for the optimal expression of methicillin resistance in MRSA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-413
Number of pages5
JournalMicrobial Drug Resistance
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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