Molecular Detection and PCR-RFLP Analysis of Mucoviscosity-Associated Gene A (magA) in Clinical Isolates of Multidrug-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in Bangladesh

The Open Microbiology Journal 05 Sept 2020 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874285802014010196


Background and Objective:

The mucoviscosity associated gene A (magA) in the hypermucoviscous variants of K. pneumoniae is reported to be associated with invasive infections and considered a virulence factor. We sought to analyze the magA genes in K. pneumoniae isolates in the clinical specimen collected from Bangladesh.


We established a multicenter cohort of patients with Klebsiella infection hospitalized at 05 different hospitals between September 2016 and April 2017. We collected 313 K. pneumoniae isolates from patients who consented to participate in the study. The isolates were evaluated for harboring the magA genes using a single-tube multiplexed polymerase chain reaction. The magA genes were analyzed by PCR-RFLP technique using two enzymes, namely PciI and SmaI. Antibiogram assay using 12 commercially available antibiotic discs was performed on all the isolates.


The presence of K. pneumoniae specific gene (ureD) was confirmed in all the isolates. The percentage of isolates harboring the magA gene was 7.34%(23 isolates), the majority of which was collected from the patients admitted in intensive care units (16 isolates, 69.6%), and infectious diseases wards (5 isolates, 21.7%). PCR-RFLP analysis revealed that for 7 out of 23 isolates, where Sma1 could not cleave the magA gene. All the isolates showed resistance to ampicillin, carbenicillin cefradine, chloramphenicol, erythromycin, kanamycin, and sulphamethoxazole, though the extent was varying. However, imipenem showed 100% sensitivity to all the tested isolates.


This study demonstrates the presence of the magA gene in multidrug-resistant clinical isolates of K. pneumoniae collected from Bangladesh.

Keywords: Klebsiella pneumoniae, Polysaccharide capsule, ureD, magA, Multidrug-resistance, PCR-RFLP, Imipenem, Antibiogram.
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