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Minerva Medica 2020 Apr 27

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4806.20.06459-9

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

In vitro antibacterial effect of tea polyphenols combined with common antibiotics on multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae

Ning ZHANG 1, Wugao LIU 2, Kejian QIAN 1

1 Department of Critical Care Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang, P.R. China; 2 Department of Laboratory Medicine, Lishui People's Hospital, Lishui, P.R. China


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BACKGROUND: To investigate the bactericidal effect of tea polyphenols on multi-drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and its antibacterial efficacy in combination with common antibiotics, and to explore its mechanism.
METHODS: The VITEK 2 Compact automatic microbial identification system was used to identify 20 strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolated from clinical isolates. The KB method was used to detect sensitivity of common drugs such as imipenem, piperacillin, piperacillin/tazobactam and cefepime, cefotaxime and ceftazidime; agar dilution method was used for detection of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of tea polyphenols; the variation of the diameter of the antibacterial ring after different concentrations (0.25 MIC, 0.5 MIC) of tea polyphenols in combination with commonly used antibacterial drugs was detected to judge the feasibility of the inhibition of the multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae by the combination of tea polyphenols and commonly used antibacterial drugs. Congo red and crystal violent staining was used to detect the impact on bacterial biofilm formation and extracellular mucus-like substance (slime).
RESULTS: The K-B values of 20 strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae against common antibiotics were 6-14 mm; the MIC of tea polyphenols against 20 strains of multi-drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae was 1024 ug / ml; 0.5 MIC tea polyphenols can increase the diameter of the bacteriostatic ring of imipenem, piperacillin, piperacillin/tazobactam, cefepime, cefotaxime and ceftazidime by 3-28 mm. Tea polyphenols at sub-inhibitory concentrations significantly inhibited the production of Klebsiella pneumoniae biofilm and extracellular mucus (slime).
CONCLUSIONS: Tea polyphenols could be used in combination with commonly used antibiotics (imipenem, piperacillin, piperacillin/tazobactam, cefepime, cefotaxime and ceftazidime) against multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae. It has a synergistic bactericidal effect and affects the formation of bacterial outer membrane and the production of extracellular slime-like substances (slime).


KEY WORDS: Tea polyphenols; Multi-drug resistance; Klebsiella pneumoniae; Combined drug sensitivity test

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