Direct repeat unit (dru) typing of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus pseudintermedius from dogs and cats

Kristina Kadlec, Stefan Schwarz, Richard V. Goering, J. Scott Weese

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP) has emerged in a remarkable manner as an important problem in dogs and cats. However, limited molecular epidemiological information is available. The aims of this study were to apply direct repeat unit (dru) typing in a large collection of well-characterized MRSP isolates and to use dru typing to analyze a collection of previously uncharacterized MRSP isolates. Two collections of MRSP isolates from dogs and cats were included in this study. The first collection comprised 115 well-characterized MRSP isolates from North America and Europe. The data for these isolates included multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and staphylococcal protein A gene (spa) typing results as well as SmaI macrorestriction patterns after pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). The second collection was a convenience sample of 360 isolates from North America. The dru region was amplified by PCR, sequenced, and analyzed. For the first collection, the discriminatory indices of the typing methods were calculated. All isolates were successfully dru typed. The discriminatory power for dru typing (D=0.423) was comparable to that of spa typing (D=0.445) and of MLST (D=0.417) in the first collection. Occasionally, dru typing was able to further discriminate between isolates that shared the same spa type. Among all 475 isolates, 26 different dru types were identified, with 2 predominant types (dt9a and dt11a) among 349 (73.4%) isolates. The results of this study underline that dru typing is a useful tool for MRSP typing, being an objective, standardized, sequence-based method that is relatively costefficient and easy to perform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3760-3765
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)


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