Reporting identification of Acinetobacter spp genomic species: A nationwide proficiency study in Spain.


Unidad Clínica de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica y Medicina, Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena, Sevilla, Spain; Departamento de Microbiología, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain; Spanish Network for the Research in Infectious Diseases (REIPIRD12/0015), Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain; Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla IBIs, Sevilla, Spain. Electronic address: [Email]


Acinetobacter baumannii is the most important genomic species of Acinetobacter from a clinical and epidemiological point of view. Nevertheless, genomic species other than A. baumannii are increasingly recognized as nosocomial pathogens. Molecular methods of identification (genotypic and proteomic assays) are more accurate and reliable and have greater discriminatory power than phenotypic methods. Eleven genomic species of Acinetobacter spp. (8 A. baumannii, 1 A. pittii, 1 A. nosocomialis and 1 A. lwoffii) with different antimicrobial resistance phenotypes and mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial agents were sent to 48 participating Spanish centers to evaluate their ability for correct identification at the genomic species level. Identification of the genomic species was performed at the two Clinical Microbiology reference laboratories (Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena, Seville, Spain; and Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain) by partial DNA sequencing of the rpoB gene and MALDI-TOF. The mean percentage of agreement was 76.1%. Fifty percent of CC-01 (A. pittii) and 50% of CC-02 (A. nosocomialis) identification results were reported as A. baumannii. Discrepancies by type of systems used for identification were: MicroScan WA (51.1%), Vitek 2 (19.5%), MALDI-TOF (18.0%), Phoenix (4.5%), Wider (3.8%) and API 20 NE (3.0%). In conclusion, clinical microbiology laboratories must improve their ability to correctly identify the most prevalent non A. baumannii genomic species.


Acinetobacter spp,Genoespecies,Genomic species,Identificación,Identification,

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