A rare class A carbapenemase FRI-11 in Enterobacter clinical strain
AbstractWe found a carbapenem-resistantEnterobacter clinical strain which was susceptible to cefotaxime and ceftazidime. This unusual susceptibility profile promoted the investigation. This strain hadblaFRI-11, a rare carbapenemase-encoding gene, on a 93,864-bp plasmid containing two replicons of IncFII(pECLA) and IncFIA(HI1). FRI-11, FRI-2, FRI-3, FRI-4, FRI-6, FRI-7, and FRI-9 belong to the same group of FRI β-lactamases based on the amino acid sequence similarity and their encoding genes are carried by plasmids containing an IncFII(pECLA) replicon. Awareness should be raised towards FRI carbapenemases that are plasmid-encoded and confer an unusual carbapenem-resistant but 3rd-generation-cep halosporin-susceptible resistance profile.