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Revista argentina de microbiología

versión impresa ISSN 0325-7541versión On-line ISSN 1851-7617


STEFFANOWSKI, Carla et al. Full characterization of plasmids from Achromobacter ruhlandii isolates recovered from a single patient with cystic fibrosis (CF). Rev. argent. microbiol. [online]. 2022, vol.54, n.1, pp.91-100. ISSN 0325-7541.

In the last decade Achromobacter spp. has been associated with chronic colonizationin patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Although Achromobacter xylosoxidans is the most frequentspecies recovered within this genus, other species such as A. ruhlandii have also been reportedin these patients. Descriptions of mobile elements are scarce in Achromobacter and none ofthem have been originated in A. ruhlandii. The aim of this study was to report the full char-acterization of a plasmid which was maintained in four clonally related A. ruhlandii isolates.Between 2013 and 2015, nine A. ruhlandii isolates were recovered from a pediatric patientwith CF at a hospital in Buenos Aires. Four selected clonally related isolates were sequencedby Illumina MiSeq, annotated using RAST and manually curated. The presence of a unique plas-mid of 34096-bp and 50 CDS was observed in the four isolates, displaying only 1 nucleotidesubstitution translated into one amino acid change among them. These plasmids have a class 1integron containing the aac-(6)-Ib gene, a mercury resistance operon region and the relE/stbEtoxin/antitoxin system. Plasmids showed 79% similarity and 99% identity with pmatvim-7 fromPseudomonas aeruginosa. This is the first full description and characterization of a plasmid fromA. ruhlandii which was maintained over time.

Palabras clave : Achromobacter ruhlandii; Cystic fibrosis; Plasmid.

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