Molecular investigation of bacterial communities on intravascular catheters: no longer just Staphylococcus

Zhang, L., Gowardman, J., Morrison, M., Krause, L., Playford, E. G. and Rickard, C. M. (2014) Molecular investigation of bacterial communities on intravascular catheters: no longer just Staphylococcus. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 33 7: 1189-1198. doi:10.1007/s10096-014-2058-2

Author Zhang, L.
Gowardman, J.
Morrison, M.
Krause, L.
Playford, E. G.
Rickard, C. M.
Title Molecular investigation of bacterial communities on intravascular catheters: no longer just Staphylococcus
Journal name European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0934-9723
Publication date 2014-07
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10096-014-2058-2
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 7
Start page 1189
End page 1198
Total pages 10
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Intravascular catheter-related bloodstream infections (IVC-BSIs) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Culture-independent molecular approaches can reveal and capture the composition of complex microbial communities, and are now being used to reveal “new” pathogens as well as the polymicrobial nature of some infections. Patients with concurrently sited arterial and central venous catheters who had clinically suspected IVC-BSIs, were examined by the high-throughput sequencing of microbial 16S rRNA. An average of 100 operational taxonomic units (OTUs, phylotypes) was observed on each IVC, indicating that IVCs were colonised by complex and diverse bacterial communities. Ralstonia (53 % of 16S rRNA sequences), Escherichia group (16 %), Propionibacterium (5 %), Staphylococcus (5 %), and Streptococcus (2 %) were the most abundant genera. There was no statistically significant difference in the bacterial communities examined from arterial and central venous catheters; from those with and without systemic antibiotic treatment; or from conventionally colonised and uncolonised IVCs. The genome of the predominant bacteria, R. pickettii AU12-08, was found to encode resistance to antimicrobial drugs of different classes. In addition, many encoded gene products are involved in quorum sensing and biofilm formation that would further contribute to increased antimicrobial drug resistance. Our results highlight the complex diversity of microbial ecosystems on vascular devices. High-throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA offers an insight into the pathogenesis of IVC-related infections, and opens up the scope for improving diagnosis and patient management.
Keyword Intravascular catheters
Bloodstream infections
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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