Tracking changes in the vraSR and graSR two component regulatory systems during the development and loss of vancomycin non-susceptibility in a clinical isolate

V. C. Doddangoudar, M. V. Boost, D. N.C. Tsang, Margaret May O'Donoghue

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We investigated changes in regulatory genes, vraS and graR, during development of vancomycin non-susceptibility in a patient with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus who failed therapy and following in-vitro vancomycin exposure and a subsequent drug-free growth period. Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MICs) were determined and genes sequenced at each stage. After 30days of vancomycin exposure, the strain attained maximum MIC (20mg/L) and was resistant to all antibiotics. Reversion to vancomycin susceptibility occurred 21days after removal. We observed mutations in vraS and graR during non-susceptibly development and novel stop codons in the reverted strain. Mutations in graR appear important for development of intermediate susceptibility to vancomycin. The results suggest that monitoring of vancomycin therapy could allow earlier change to appropriate agents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1268-1272
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Treatment failure
  • Two component regulatory systems
  • Vancomycin
  • Vancomycin intermediately-susceptible

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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