Isolation ofEnterobacter aerogenes susceptible to beta-lactam antibiotics despite high level beta-lactamase production
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This report describes a patient with nosocomial meningitis from whom four distinct isolates ofEnterobacter aerogenes were recovered over a complicated course of chemotherapy. The initial isolate was susceptible to expanded spectrum β-lactams despite constitutive production of high levels of β-lactamase. Resistant isolates recovered during antibiotic therapy had lost a 42,000 outer membrane protein. These data suggest that b-lactam susceptibility in the original isolate was due to “hyperpermeability” mediated by the 42,000 Dalton protein.
KeywordsInternal Medicine Membrane Protein Meningitis Antibiotic Therapy Outer Membrane
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