Mikrobiol. Z. 2018; 80(1):3-14. Ukrainian.
doi: https://doi.org/10.15407/microbiolj80.01.003

Resistance to Antibiotics, Decarboxylase and Haemolytic Activities
of Enterococci Isolated from Traditional Dairy Products

Garmasheva I.L., Kovalenko N.K., Oleschenko L.T.

Zabolotny Institute of Microbiology and Virology, NAS of Ukraine
154 Akad. Zabolotny Str., Kyiv, 03143, Ukraine

Aims. Determination of the species composiotion, resisnatce to antibiotics, decarboxylase and haemolytic activities of enterococci, isolated from traditional dairy products. Methods. For species-level identifcation the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used, disk difusion method was used to determine antibiotic resistance, decarboxylase activity was determined on media with amino acids, haemolytic activity was determined during growth of enterococci strains on blood agar. Results. Among investigated enterococci strains of species Enterococcus faecalis consists 67.8 %, E. durans – 18.8 %, E. faecium – 6.4 %, E. hirae – 0.2 %, Enterococcus spp. – 6.7 %. More than 60 % of enterococci were resistant to erythromycin, norfoxacin, ciprofoxacin and rifampicin. Among investigated in the work strains, 56.76 % were resistant to 5 - 11 antibiotics from 17 used in the study. Resistance to vancomycin and gentamycin was found only in E. faecalis strains. Tyramine production was detected in 95.4 % strains, β-haemolytic activity was found in 20 % strains. The less count of antibiotic resistant strains and tyramine producers was found among strains of E. durans, and β-haemolytic − among strains of E. faecalis. Conclusion. Artisanal dairy products may act as a reservoir of virulent, potentially dangerous for human´s health multiresistant strains of enterococci.

Keywords: enterococci, resistance to antibiotics, biogenic amines, dairy products.

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