Loss of bacterial diversity during antibiotic treatment of intubated patients colonized with Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Flanagan, J. L., Brodie, E. L., Weng, L., Lynch, S. V., Garcia, O., Brown, R., Hugenholtz, P., DeSantis, T. Z., Andersen, G. L., Wiener-Kronish, J. P. and Bristow, J. (2007) Loss of bacterial diversity during antibiotic treatment of intubated patients colonized with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 45 6: 1954-1962. doi:10.1128/JCM.02187-06

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Author Flanagan, J. L.
Brodie, E. L.
Weng, L.
Lynch, S. V.
Garcia, O.
Brown, R.
Hugenholtz, P.
DeSantis, T. Z.
Andersen, G. L.
Wiener-Kronish, J. P.
Bristow, J.
Title Loss of bacterial diversity during antibiotic treatment of intubated patients colonized with Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Journal name Journal of Clinical Microbiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0095-1137
Publication date 2007-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1128/JCM.02187-06
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 45
Issue 6
Start page 1954
End page 1962
Total pages 9
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Society for Microbiology
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Management of airway infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a serious clinical challenge, but little is known about the microbial ecology of airway infections in intubated patients. We analyzed bacterial diversity in endotracheal aspirates obtained from intubated patients colonized by P. aeruginosa by using 16S rRNA clone libraries and microarrays (PhyloChip) to determine changes in bacterial community compositions during antibiotic treatment. Bacterial 16S rRNA genes were absent from aspirates obtained from patients briefly intubated for elective surgery but were detected by PCR in samples from all patients intubated for longer periods. Sequencing of 16S rRNA clone libraries demonstrated the presence of many orally, nasally, and gastrointestinally associated bacteria, including known pathogens, in the lungs of patients colonized with P. aeruginosa. PhyloChip analysis detected the same organisms and many additional bacterial groups present at low abundance that were not detected in clone libraries. For each patient, both culture-independent methods showed that bacterial diversity decreased following the administration of antibiotics, and communities became dominated by a pulmonary pathogen. P. aeruginosa became the dominant species in six of seven patients studied, despite treatment of five of these six with antibiotics to which it was sensitive in vitro. Our data demonstrate that the loss of bacterial diversity under antibiotic selection is highly associated with the development of pneumonia in ventilated patients colonized with P. aeruginosa. Interestingly, PhyloChip analysis demonstrated reciprocal changes in abundance between P. aeruginosa and the class Bacilli, suggesting that these groups may compete for a similar ecological niche and suggesting possible mechanisms through which the loss of microbial diversity may directly contribute to pathogen selection and persistence.
Keyword Mechanical ventilation
Microbial diversity
Molecular analysis
Ventilator-associated pneumonia
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