The Aeromonas hydrophila AE036 chromosome contains a cphA gene encoding a metallo-β-lactamase highly active against carbapenem antibiotics. This enzyme was induced in strain AE036 to the same extent by both benzylpenicillin and imipenem. When the cphA gene was inserted into plasmid pACYC184, used to transform Escherichia coli DH5α, the MICs of imipenem, meropenem, and penem HRE664 for recombinant clone DH5α(pAA20R), expressing the Aeromonas metallo-β-lactamase, were significantly increased, but those of penicillins and cephalosporins were not. When the metallo-β-lactamase purified from E. coli DH5α(pAA20R) was assayed with several β-lactam substrates, it hydrolyzed carbapenems but not penicillins or cephalosporins efficiently. These results demonstrate that this metallo-β-lactamase possesses an unusual spectrum of activity compared with all the other class B enzymes identified so far, being active on penems and carbapenems only. This enzyme may thus contribute to the development of resistance to penems and carbapenems but not other β-lactams.
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