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What is ESBL?

extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriacae

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What is VRE/GRE?

Vancomycin/glycopeptide-resistant enterococci

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Why do sensitivity testing?

Target therapy.
Explain Rx failures.
Provide alternatives.
Provide oral not IV.

4

How is sensitivity testing carried out?

Culture micro-organism in presence of differing strengths of agent and determine if MIC is above breakpoint level.

5

What is clinical resistance?
1 example.

Resistance genes are only expressed in vivo - so Rx is ineffective.
AmpC beta-lacatamase genes in enterobacteriacae.

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What are the 6 mechanisms of antibiotic resistance?

No target.
Reduced permeability.
Altered target.
Over-expression of target.
Enzymatic degradation.
Efflux pump.

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Why do these combinations not work?

Vancomycin and g-ve bacilli.
Gentamicin and anaerobes.

Impermeable outer membrane.
Gentamicin requires O2 dependant active transport.

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Why is MRSA resistant to flucloxacillin?

Altered penicillin binding protein won't bind B lactams.

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Which antibiotics do beta-lactamases degrade?

Penicillins and cephalosporins.

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What is horizontal transfer?

Circular DNA sequences exchanged via plasmids by conjugation. Using transposons and integrons.

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How do you avoid antibiotic resistance?

Never use unless necessary.
Use most narrow-spectrum available.
Use combination therapy if indicated.
Consult expert sources.

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Why are VRE resistant to vancomycin?

Altered peptide sequence. D-ala D-lac.

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Why are G-ves resistant to trimethoprim?

Dihydrofolate reductase gene (dhr) mutations.

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Which enzyme enables bacterial resistance to gentamicin?

Aminoglycoside modifying enzymes.

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Which enzyme enables bacterial resistance to chloramphenicol?

Chloramphenicol acetyltransferase.

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