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      High diversity of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing bacteria in an urban river sediment habitat.

      Applied and Environmental Microbiology

      Anti-Bacterial Agents, pharmacology, Bacteria, classification, enzymology, genetics, isolation & purification, Bacterial Proteins, China, Clavulanic Acid, Cluster Analysis, DNA, Bacterial, chemistry, DNA, Ribosomal, Ecosystem, Genetic Variation, Geologic Sediments, microbiology, Microbial Sensitivity Tests, methods, Molecular Sequence Data, Phylogeny, RNA, Ribosomal, 16S, Rivers, Sequence Analysis, DNA, beta-Lactamases, beta-Lactams

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          Antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) have been surveyed widely in water bodies, but few studies have determined the diversity of ARB in sediment, which is the most taxon-abundant habitat in aquatic environments. We isolated 56 extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing bacteria from a single sediment sample taken from an urban river in China. All strains were confirmed for ESBL-producing capability by both the clavulanic acid combination disc method and MIC determination. Of the isolated strains, 39 were classified as Enterobacteriaceae (consisting of the genera Escherichia, Klebsiella, Serratia, and Aeromonas) by 16S rRNA gene sequencing and biochemical analysis. The present study identifies, for the first time, ESBL-producing strains from the families Brucellaceae and Moraxellaceae. The bla(CTX-M) gene was the most dominant of the ESBL genes (45 strains), while the bla(TEM) gene was the second-most dominant (22 strains). A total of five types of bla(CTX-M) fragments were identified, with both known and novel sequences. A library of bla(CTX-M) cloned from the sediment DNA showed an even higher diversity of bla(CTX-M) sequences. The discovery of highly diverse ESBL-producing bacteria and ESBL genes, particularly bla(CTX), in urban river sediment raises alarms for potential dissemination of ARB in communities through river environments.

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