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Molecular Characterization and Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Biofilm-forming Acinetobacter baumannii Clinical Isolates from Daejeon, Korea
Korean J Clin Lab Sci 2018;50:100-109  
Published on June 30, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Korean Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Ji Youn Sung

Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Far East University, Eumseong, Korea
Correspondence to: Ji Youn Sung
Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Far East University, 76-32 Daehak-gil, Gamgok-myeon, Eumseong 27601, Korea Tel: 82-43-879-3668 Fax: 82-43-880-3876 E-mail:
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The emergence and dissemination of multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii isolates have been reported worldwide, with most of these possessing the ability to form biofilms. Biofilm formation is an important virulence factor associated with the resistance to disinfection and desiccation. This study examined the genetic basis of antimicrobial resistance mechanisms of biofilm-forming A. baumannii clinical isolates. Imaging and quantification of biofilms were performed by a crystal violet assay and 46 biofilm-forming A. baumannii isolates were selected. Subsequently, 16 isolates belonging to different clones were identified using REP-PCR, and detection of the antimicrobial determinants in the isolates was carried out. The 16 isolates included 9 non-MDR and 7 MDR isolates. The mean biomass OD560 values of the non-MDR (0.96) and MDR (1.05) isolates differed but this difference was not significant. In this study, most biofilm-forming MDR A. baumannii isolates contained various antimicrobial resistance determinants (blaOXA-23, armA, and mutations of gyrA and parC). On the other hand, most biofilm-forming non-MDR A. baumannii isolates did not contain antimicrobial resistance determinants. These results suggest that there is little correlation between the biofilm-forming ability and antimicrobial susceptibility in A. baumannii isolates. In addition, the emergence of MDR A. baumannii clinical isolates is generally caused by mutations of the genes associated with antimicrobial resistance and/or the acquisition of various antimicrobial resistance determinants.
Keywords : Acinetobacter baumannii, Antimicrobial resistance, Biofilm, Crystal violet assay

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