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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187397/the-spirochete-brachyspira-pilosicoli-enteric-pathogen-of-animals-and-humans
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David J Hampson
Brachyspira pilosicoli is a slow-growing anaerobic spirochete that colonizes the large intestine. Colonization occurs commonly in pigs and adult chickens, causing colitis/typhlitis, diarrhea, poor growth rates, and reduced production. Colonization of humans also is common in some populations (individuals living in village and peri-urban settings in developing countries, recent immigrants from developing countries, homosexual males, and HIV-positive patients), but the spirochete rarely is investigated as a potential human enteric pathogen...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187396/recombinant-endolysins-as-potential-therapeutics-against-antibiotic-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-current-status-of-research-and-novel-delivery-strategies
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Hamed Haddad Kashani, Mathias Schmelcher, Hamed Sabzalipoor, Elahe Seyed Hosseini, Rezvan Moniri
Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common pathogens of humans and animals, where it frequently colonizes skin and mucosal membranes. It is of major clinical importance as a nosocomial pathogen and causative agent of a wide array of diseases. Multidrug-resistant strains have become increasingly prevalent and represent a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. For this reason, novel strategies to combat multidrug-resistant pathogens are urgently needed. Bacteriophage-derived enzymes, so-called endolysins, and other peptidoglycan hydrolases with the ability to disrupt cell walls represent possible alternatives to conventional antibiotics...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187395/new-approaches-and-therapeutic-options-for-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-a-dormant-state
#3
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Santiago Caño-Muñiz, Richard Anthony, Stefan Niemann, Jan-Willem C Alffenaar
We are far away from the days when tuberculosis (TB) accounted for 1 in 4 deaths during the 19th century. However, Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) strains are still the leading cause of morbidity and mortality by a single infectious disease, with 9.6 million cases and 1.5 million deaths reported. One-third of the world's population is estimated by the WHO to be infected with latent TB. During the last decade, several studies have aimed to define the characteristics of dormant bacteria in these latent infections...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187394/carrion-s-disease-the-sound-of-silence
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Cláudia Gomes, Joaquim Ruiz
Carrion's disease (CD) is a neglected biphasic vector-borne illness related to Bartonella bacilliformis. It is found in the Andean valleys and is transmitted mainly by members of the Lutzomyia genus but also by blood transfusions and from mother to child. The acute phase, Oroya fever, presents severe anemia and fever. The lethality is high in the absence of adequate treatment, despite the organism being susceptible to most antibiotics. Partial immunity is developed after infection by B. bacilliformis, resulting in high numbers of asymptomatic carriers...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142080/human-parechovirus-an-increasingly-recognized-cause-of-sepsis-like-illness-in-young-infants
#5
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Laudi Olijve, Lance Jennings, Tony Walls
Human parechovirus (HPeV) is increasingly being recognized as a potentially severe viral infection in neonates and young infants. HPeV belongs to the family Picornaviridae and is currently divided into 19 genotypes. HPeV-1 is the most prevalent genotype and most commonly causes gastrointestinal and respiratory disease. HPeV-3 is clinically the most important genotype due to its association with severe disease in younger infants, which may partly be explained by its distinct virological properties. In young infants, the typical clinical presentation includes fever, severe irritability, and rash, often leading to descriptions of "hot, red, angry babies...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142079/laboratory-diagnosis-of-parasites-from-the-gastrointestinal-tract
#6
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Lynne S Garcia, Michael Arrowood, Evelyne Kokoskin, Graeme P Paltridge, Dylan R Pillai, Gary W Procop, Norbert Ryan, Robyn Y Shimizu, Govinda Visvesvara
This Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology document on the laboratory diagnosis of parasites from the gastrointestinal tract provides practical information for the recovery and identification of relevant human parasites. The document is based on a comprehensive literature review and expert consensus on relevant diagnostic methods. However, it does not include didactic information on human parasite life cycles, organism morphology, clinical disease, pathogenesis, treatment, or epidemiology and prevention...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142078/candida-auris-a-review-of-the-literature
#7
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Anna Jeffery-Smith, Surabhi K Taori, Silke Schelenz, Katie Jeffery, Elizabeth M Johnson, Andrew Borman, Rohini Manuel, Colin S Brown
The emerging pathogen Candida auris has been associated with nosocomial outbreaks on five continents. Genetic analysis indicates the simultaneous emergence of separate clades of this organism in different geographical locations. Invasive infection and colonization have been detected predominantly in patients in high-dependency settings and have garnered attention due to variable antifungal resistance profiles and transmission within units instituting a range of infection prevention and control measures. Issues with the identification of C...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142077/syndromic-panel-based-testing-in-clinical-microbiology
#8
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Poornima Ramanan, Alexandra L Bryson, Matthew J Binnicker, Bobbi S Pritt, Robin Patel
The recent development of commercial panel-based molecular diagnostics for the rapid detection of pathogens in positive blood culture bottles, respiratory specimens, stool, and cerebrospinal fluid has resulted in a paradigm shift in clinical microbiology and clinical practice. This review focuses on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved/cleared multiplex molecular panels with more than five targets designed to assist in the diagnosis of bloodstream, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal, or central nervous system infections...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092893/correction-for-quainoo-et-al-whole-genome-sequencing-of-bacterial-pathogens-the-future-of-nosocomial-outbreak-analysis
#9
Scott Quainoo, Jordy P M Coolen, Sacha A F T van Hijum, Martijn A Huynen, Willem J G Melchers, Willem van Schaik, Heiman F L Wertheim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903986/correction-for-perry-a-decade-of-development-of-chromogenic-culture-media-for-clinical-microbiology-in-an-era-of-molecular-diagnostics
#10
John D Perry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903985/molecular-tools-for-the-detection-and-deduction-of-azole-antifungal-drug-resistance-phenotypes-in-aspergillus-species
#11
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Anna Dudakova, Birgit Spiess, Marut Tangwattanachuleeporn, Christoph Sasse, Dieter Buchheidt, Michael Weig, Uwe Groß, Oliver Bader
The incidence of azole resistance in Aspergillus species has increased over the past years, most importantly for Aspergillus fumigatus. This is partially attributable to the global spread of only a few resistance alleles through the environment. Secondary resistance is a significant clinical concern, as invasive aspergillosis with drug-susceptible strains is already difficult to treat, and exclusion of azole-based antifungals from prophylaxis or first-line treatment of invasive aspergillosis in high-risk patients would dramatically limit drug choices, thus increasing mortality rates for immunocompromised patients...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855266/whole-genome-sequencing-of-bacterial-pathogens-the-future-of-nosocomial-outbreak-analysis
#12
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Scott Quainoo, Jordy P M Coolen, Sacha A F T van Hijum, Martijn A Huynen, Willem J G Melchers, Willem van Schaik, Heiman F L Wertheim
Outbreaks of multidrug-resistant bacteria present a frequent threat to vulnerable patient populations in hospitals around the world. Intensive care unit (ICU) patients are particularly susceptible to nosocomial infections due to indwelling devices such as intravascular catheters, drains, and intratracheal tubes for mechanical ventilation. The increased vulnerability of infected ICU patients demonstrates the importance of effective outbreak management protocols to be in place. Understanding the transmission of pathogens via genotyping methods is an important tool for outbreak management...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855265/the-role-of-baff-system-molecules-in-host-response-to-pathogens
#13
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Jiro Sakai, Mustafa Akkoyunlu
The two ligands B cell-activating factor of the tumor necrosis factor family (BAFF) and a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) and the three receptors BAFF receptor (BAFF-R), transmembrane activator and calcium-modulating cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI), and B cell maturation antigen (BCMA) are members of the "BAFF system molecules." BAFF system molecules are primarily involved in B cell homeostasis. The relevance of BAFF system molecules in host responses to microbial assaults has been investigated in clinical studies and in mice deficient for each of these molecules...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814408/intrinsic-maturational-neonatal-immune-deficiencies-and-susceptibility-to-group-b-streptococcus-infection
#14
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Michelle L Korir, Shannon D Manning, H Dele Davies
Although a normal member of the gastrointestinal and vaginal microbiota, group B Streptococcus (GBS) can also occasionally be the cause of highly invasive neonatal disease and is an emerging pathogen in both elderly and immunocompromised adults. Neonatal GBS infections are typically transmitted from mother to baby either in utero or during passage through the birth canal and can lead to pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis within the first few months of life. Compared to the adult immune system, the neonatal immune system has a number of deficiencies, making neonates more susceptible to infection...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768707/impact-of-childhood-malnutrition-on-host-defense-and-infection
#15
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Marwa K Ibrahim, Mara Zambruni, Christopher L Melby, Peter C Melby
The global impact of childhood malnutrition is staggering. The synergism between malnutrition and infection contributes substantially to childhood morbidity and mortality. Anthropometric indicators of malnutrition are associated with the increased risk and severity of infections caused by many pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and helminths. Since childhood malnutrition commonly involves the inadequate intake of protein and calories, with superimposed micronutrient deficiencies, the causal factors involved in impaired host defense are usually not defined...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724662/the-role-of-antibiotics-in-modulating-virulence-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#16
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Elisabeth Hodille, Warren Rose, Binh An Diep, Sylvain Goutelle, Gerard Lina, Oana Dumitrescu
Staphylococcus aureus is often involved in severe infections, in which the effects of bacterial virulence factors have great importance. Antistaphylococcal regimens should take into account the different effects of antibacterial agents on the expression of virulence factors and on the host's immune response. A PubMed literature search was performed to select relevant articles on the effects of antibiotics on staphylococcal toxin production and on the host immune response. Information was sorted according to the methods used for data acquisition (bacterial strains, growth models, and antibiotic concentrations) and the assays used for readout generation...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637681/two-tales-of-cytauxzoon-felis-infections-in-domestic-cats
#17
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Jin-Lei Wang, Ting-Ting Li, Guo-Hua Liu, Xing-Quan Zhu, Chaoqun Yao
Cytauxzoonosis is an emerging infectious disease that affects wild felids as well as the domestic cat; it is caused by the apicomplexan protozoan parasites belonging to the genus Cytauxzoon. Cytauxzoonfelis is the species of major concern, whose transmission occurs via the bite of an infected tick. Cytauxzoonosis of the domestic cat has historically been considered uniformly fatal, with a short course of illness, and most domestic cats die within 9 to 15 days postinfection. However, increasing evidence of domestic cats surviving C...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592405/current-and-emerging-topical-antibacterials-and-antiseptics-agents-action-and-resistance-patterns
#18
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Deborah A Williamson, Glen P Carter, Benjamin P Howden
Bacterial skin infections represent some of the most common infectious diseases globally. Prevention and treatment of skin infections can involve application of a topical antimicrobial, which may be an antibiotic (such as mupirocin or fusidic acid) or an antiseptic (such as chlorhexidine or alcohol). However, there is limited evidence to support the widespread prophylactic or therapeutic use of topical agents. Challenges involved in the use of topical antimicrobials include increasing rates of bacterial resistance, local hypersensitivity reactions (particularly to older agents, such as bacitracin), and concerns about the indiscriminate use of antiseptics potentially coselecting for antibiotic resistance...
July 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539504/strategies-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-trichomonas-vaginalis-infections
#19
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Kawthar Bouchemal, Christian Bories, Philippe M Loiseau
The last estimated annual incidence of Trichomonas vaginalis worldwide exceeds that of chlamydia and gonorrhea combined. This critical review updates the state of the art on advances in T. vaginalis diagnostics and strategies for treatment and prevention of trichomoniasis. In particular, new data on treatment outcomes for topical administration of formulations are reviewed and discussed.
July 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539503/mycoplasma-pneumoniae-from-the-respiratory-tract-and-beyond
#20
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Ken B Waites, Li Xiao, Yang Liu, Mitchell F Balish, T Prescott Atkinson
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is an important cause of respiratory tract infections in children as well as adults that can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Over the past several years there has been much new information published concerning infections caused by this organism. New molecular-based tests for M. pneumoniae detection are now commercially available in the United States, and advances in molecular typing systems have enhanced understanding of the epidemiology of infections. More strains have had their entire genome sequences published, providing additional insights into pathogenic mechanisms...
July 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
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