• β-lactamases;
  • double-disk synergy test;
  • gram-negative bacteria;
  • metallo-β-lactamase


New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 (NDM-1), one of the metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs), has been identified from clinical isolates worldwide. Rapid detection of NDM-1 producers is necessary to prevent their dissemination. Seven types of EDTA complexes were evaluated as MBL inhibitors in double-disk synergy tests (DDSTs), resulting in detection of the first isolate of NDM-1-producing Escherichia coli (NDM-1 Dok01) in Japan. NDM-1 Dok01 was detected when EDTA magnesium disodium salt tetrahydrate (Mg-EDTA), EDTA calcium disodium salt dihydrate, EDTA cobalt disodium salt tetrahydrate and EDTA copper disodium salt tetrahydrate were used as MBL inhibitors. The sensitivity and specificity of DDSTs using Mg-EDTA for 75 MBL producers and 25 non-MBL producers were 96.0% and 100%, respectively. These findings indicate that the DDST method using Mg-EDTA can detect MBL-producing strains, including NDM-1 producers.