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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148361/characterization-of-biofilm-formation-by-enterococcus-faecalis-isolates-derived-from-urinary-tract-infections-in-china
#1
Jin-Xin Zheng, Bing Bai, Zhi-Wei Lin, Zhang-Ya Pu, Wei-Ming Yao, Zhong Chen, Duo-Yun Li, Xiang-Bin Deng, Qi-Wen Deng, Zhi-Jian Yu
PURPOSE: This study explored the prevalence and characteristics of Enterococcus faecalis biofilm formation by urinary tract infection (UTI) isolates in order to identify virulence factors associated with biofilm formation. METHODOLOGY: A total of 113 E. faecalis isolates were collected from UTI patients in Shenzhen, China. The isolates were subjected to multilocus sequence typing based on housekeeping genes. Biofilms were detected by crystal violet staining and the expression levels of the E...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143727/characterization-of-clinically-isolated-thymidine-dependent-small-colony-variants-of-escherichia-coli-producing-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase
#2
Tatsuya Negishi, Takehisa Matsumoto, Kazuki Horiuchi, Eriko Kasuga, Tatsuya Natori, Mina Matsuoka, Naoko Ogiwara, Mitsutoshi Sugano, Takeshi Uehara, Noriyuki Nagano, Takayuki Honda
PURPOSE: Thymidine-dependent small-colony variants (TD-SCVs) are difficult to detect or test for antimicrobial susceptibility. We investigated the characteristics of clonal TD-SCVs of Escherichia coli, both with and without blaCTX-M-3, isolated from a patient. METHODOLOGY: Mutation in the thyA gene was analysed by sequencing, and morphological abnormalities in the colonies and cells of the isolates were examined. Additionally, conjugational transfer experiments were performed to prove the horizontal transferability of plasmids harbouring resistance genes...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134942/intramammary-infusion-of-a-live-culture-of-lactococcus-lactis-in-ewes-to-treat-staphylococcal-mastitis
#3
Sebastian Alessandro Mignacca, Simone Dore, Liliana Spuria, Pietro Zanghì, Benedetta Amato, Ilaria Duprè, Federica Armas, Elena Biasibetti, Cristina Camperio, Stefano A Lollai, Maria Teresa Capucchio, Eugenia Agnese Cannas, Vincenzo Di Marco Lo Presti, Cinzia Marianelli
PURPOSE: Alternatives to antibiotic therapy for mastitis in ruminants are needed. We present an evaluation, in two trials, of the efficacy of an intramammary infusion of a live culture of Lactococcus lactis for the treatment of subclinical and clinical mastitis in ewes. METHODOLOGY: In total, 67 animals were enrolled: 19 lactating ewes (study 1), including healthy (N=6) and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS)-infected ewes (N=13); and 48 lactating ewes (study 2) with either CNS mastitis (N=32), or Staphylococcus aureus mastitis (N=16), for a total of 123 mammary glands...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134939/the-nursing-home-elder-microbiome-stability-and-associations-with-age-frailty-nutrition-and-physical-location
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John P Haran, Vanni Bucci, Protiva Dutta, Doyle Ward, Beth McCormick
PURPOSE: The microbiome from nursing home (NH) residents is marked by a loss in diversity that is associated with increased frailty. Our objective was to explore the associations of NH environment, frailty, nutritional status and residents' age to microbiome composition and potential metabolic function. METHODOLOGY: We conducted a prospective longitudinal cohort study of 23 residents, 65 years or older, from one NH that had four floors: two separate medical intensive floors and two floors with active elders...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134938/short-term-incubation-of-positive-blood-cultures-in-brain-heart-infusion-broth-accelerates-identification-of-bacteria-by-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Ignacio Torres, Estela Gimenez, Tania Pascual, Felipe Bueno, Dixie Huntley, Mireia Martínez, David Navarro
PURPOSE: Fast identification of bacteria directly from positive blood cultures (BCs) by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass-spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) can be achieved either using the MALDI Sepsityper kit (protein extraction method) or after a short-term pre-cultivation step on solid medium. We developed a new method that involves short-term enrichment of positive BCs in brain-heart infusion broth (BHI) prior to MALDI-TOF MS analysis. METHODOLOGY: Eighty-four BCs flagged as positive were included in this study; these were processed in parallel either directly using the MALDI Sepsityper kit or following a short-term culture either in BHI or on Columbia blood agar with 5 % sheep blood (CBA)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134935/susceptibility-of-vancomycin-resistant-and-sensitive-enterococcus-faecium-obtained-from-danish-hospitals-to-benzalkonium-chloride-chlorhexidine-and-hydrogen-peroxide-biocides
#6
Sulaiman M I Alotaibi, Alafate Ayibiekea, Annemette Frøling Pedersen, Lotte Jakobsen, Mette Pinholt, Heidi Gumpert, Anette M Hammerum, Henrik Westh, Hanne Ingmer
PURPOSE: In Danish hospitals, the number of infections caused by vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE faecium) has dramatically increased in recent years. Hospital disinfectants are essential in eliminating pathogenic microorganisms, and reduced susceptibility may contribute to hospital-associated infections. We have addressed whether clinical VRE faecium display decreased biocide susceptibility when compared to vancomycin-sensitive Enterococcus faecium (VSE faecium) isolates...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134932/outbreak-of-pichia-kudriavzevii-fungaemia-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#7
T Nagarathnamma, Sneha K Chunchanur, Shivaprakash M Rudramurthy, K R Vineetha, Karthik Ramamurthy, Jillwin Joseph, R Ambica
PURPOSE: Fungaemia is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality in neonates admitted to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). We report an outbreak of fungaemia in a NICU due to rare yeast, Pichia kudriavzevii (a teleomorph of Candida krusei). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of neonatal sepsis due to P. kudriavzevii. METHODOLOGY: Between August and September 2014, blood cultures from nine neonates diagnosed with late-onset sepsis in the NICU yielded yeast-like organisms...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120301/antimicrobial-susceptibility-virulence-potential-and-sequence-types-associated-with-arcobacter-strains-recovered-from-human-faeces
#8
Alba Pérez-Cataluña, Josepa Tapiol, Clara Benavent, Carolina Sarvisé, Frederic Gómez, Bruno Martínez, Margarida Terron-Puig, Gemma Recio, Angels Vilanova, Isabel Pujol, Frederic Ballester, Antonio Rezusta, María Jose Figueras
PURPOSE: The genus Arcobacter includes bacteria that are considered emergent pathogens because they can produce infections in humans and animals. The most common symptoms are bloody and non-bloody persistent diarrhea but cases with abdominal cramps without diarrhea or asymptomatic cases have also been described as well as cases with bacteremia. The objective was to characterize Arcobacter clinical strains isolated from the faeces of patients from three Spanish hospitals. METHODOLOGY: We have characterized 28 clinical strains (27 of A...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120299/bovine-leukaemia-virus-genotypes-5-and-6-are-circulating-in-cattle-from-the-state-of-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
#9
Lilian Gregory, Natália Carrillo Gaeta, Jansen Araújo, Luciano Matsumiya Thomazelli, Ricardo Harakawa, Alice A Ikuno, Liria Hiromi Okuda, Eliana de Stefano, Edviges Maristela Pituco
PURPOSE: Enzootic bovine leucosis (EBL) is a silent disease caused by a retrovirus [bovine leukaemia virus (BLV)]. BLV is classified into almost 10 genotypes that are distributed in several countries. The present research aimed to describe two BLV gp51 env sequences of strains detected in the state of São Paulo, Brazil and perform a phylogenetic analysis to compare them to other BLV gp51 env sequences of strains around the world. METHODOLOGY: Two bovines from different herds were admitted to the Bovine and Small Ruminant Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of São Paulo, Brazil...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116037/patient-age-as-a-factor-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#10
Alexander Garcia, Thierry Delorme, Payman Nasr
PURPOSE: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the leading causes of nosocomial infections. A thorough understanding of the epidemiology and distribution of MRSA allows the development of better preventive measures and helps to control or reduce the rate of infection among the general population. METHODOLOGY: A retrospective survey was performed on 511 cases of MRSA infections from inpatient, outpatient and nursing home populations over a 12-month period...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111969/resistance-mechanisms-of-linezolid-nonsusceptible-enterococci-in-korea-low-rate-of-23s-rrna-mutations-in-enterococcus-faecium
#11
Sae-Mi Lee, Hee Jae Huh, Dong Joon Song, Hyang Jin Shim, Kyung Sun Park, Cheol-In Kang, Chang-Seok Ki, Nam Yong Lee
PURPOSE: To investigate linezolid-resistance mechanisms in linezolid-nonsusceptible enterococci (LNSE) isolated from a tertiary hospital in Korea. METHODOLOGY: Enterococcal isolates exhibiting linezolid MICs ≥4 mg l(-1) that were isolated between December 2011 and May 2016 were investigated by PCR and sequencing for mutations in 23S rRNA or ribosomal proteins (L3, L4 and L22) and for the presence of cfr, cfr(B) and optrA genes.Results/Key findings. Among 135 LNSE (87 Enterococcus faecium and 48 Enterococcus faecalis isolates), 39...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099691/phylogenetic-distribution-and-expression-of-a-penicillin-binding-protein-homologue-ear-and-its-significance-in-virulence-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#12
Vineet K Singh, Robert P Ring, Vijay Aswani, Mary E Stemper, Jennifer Kislow, Zhan Ye, Sanjay K Shukla
PURPOSE: Staphylococcus aureus is an opportunistic human pathogen that can cause serious infections in humans. A plethora of known and putative virulence factors are produced by staphylococci that collectively orchestrate pathogenesis. Ear protein (Escherichia coli ampicillin resistance) in S. aureus is an exoprotein in COL strain, predicted to be a superantigen, and speculated to play roles in antibiotic resistance and virulence. The goal of this study was to determine if expression of ear is modulated by single nucleotide polymorphisms in its promoter and coding sequences and whether this gene plays roles in antibiotic resistance and virulence...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099690/genome-sequence-analysis-of-emm89-streptococcus-pyogenes-strains-causing-infections-in-scotland-2010-2016
#13
Stephen B Beres, Randall J Olsen, Matthew Ojeda Saavedra, Roisin Ure, Arlene Reynolds, Diane S J Lindsay, Andrew J Smith, James M Musser
PURPOSE: Strains of type emm89 Streptococcus pyogenes have recently increased in frequency as a cause of human infections in several countries in Europe and North America. This increase has been molecular epidemiologically linked with the emergence of a new genetically distinct clone, designated clade 3. We sought to extend our understanding of this epidemic behavior by the genetic characterization of type emm89 strains responsible in recent years for an increased frequency of infections in Scotland...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095142/high-mortality-of-bloodstream-infection-outbreak-caused-by-carbapenem-resistant-p-aeruginosa-producing-spm-1-in-a-bone-marrow-transplant-unit
#14
Lucas Chaves, Lísia Moura Tomich, Matias Salomão, Gleice Cristina Leite, Jessica Ramos, Roberta Ruedas Martins, Camila Rizek, Patricia Neves, Marjorie Vieira Batista, Ulysses Amigo, Thais Guimaraes, Anna Sara Levin, Silvia Figueiredo Costa
PURPOSE: Carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa is increasing worldwide. In Brazil, SPM-1 is the main P. aeruginosa carbapenemase identified. Little is known about the virulence factor in SPM-1 clones.Methodolgy. We describe a carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa bloodstream infection (CRPa-BSI) outbreak in a bone marrow transplant Unit (BMT). Twenty-nine CRPa-BSI cases were compared to 58 controls. Microbiological characteristics of isolates, such as sensitivity, carbapenemase gene PCR for P...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095139/parvovirus-b19-in-hiv-adult-patients-with-different-cd4-lymphocyte-counts
#15
Mauro Sebastian Pedranti, Gonzalo Rodriguez-Lombardi, Romina Bracciaforte, Natalia Romano, Pablo Lujan, Brenda Ricchi, Jorge Mautino, Maria Pilar Adamo
PURPOSE: Human parvovirus B19 (B19V) can cause anemia in immunocompromised patients. We aimed to investigate the presence of B19V in HIV+ adults with different CD4+ T cell counts, to recognise the frequency of B19V in these different conditions and its possible association with anemia. METHODOLOGY: We studied B19V specific IgM, IgG and DNA in 98 HIV+ patients and in 52 healthy individuals. HIV load, CD4+ counts and haemoglobin level were also determined in the patients...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29087280/regarding-flagellar-expression-in-clinical-isolates-of-non-typeable-haemophilus-influenzae
#16
Janine T Bossé, Paul R Langford
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October 31, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29087273/clostridium-difficile-infections-in-a-university-hospital-in-greece-are-mainly-associated-with-pcr-ribotypes-017-and-126
#17
Melina Kachrimanidou, Olga Tsachouridou, Ioannis A Ziogas, Eirini Christaki, Efthymia Protonotariou, Symeon Metallidis, Lemonia Skoura, Ed Kuijper
PURPOSE: Data regarding the incidence and molecular epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) in Greece are limited. METHODOLOGY: A retrospective study of all laboratory-confirmed CDI cases in a university hospital during a 9-month period. Stool samples from inpatients with diarrhoea were tested with a combined glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) and toxin enzyme immunoassay (EIA) test, as part of a two-step algorithm for CDI testing. All GDH-positive samples were cultured and isolates were further tested for the presence of toxin genes and characterized by PCR ribotyping...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076804/chain-length-specific-anti-candida-activity-of-cationic-lipo-oxazoles-a-new-class-of-quaternary-ammonium-compounds
#18
Tushar Jain, Pratap Reddy Muktapuram, Satyanarayana Pochampalli, Komal Sharma, Garima Pant, Kalyan Mitra, Surendar Reddy Bathula, Dibyendu Banerjee
PURPOSE: Candida species have become resistant to commonly used anti-fungal drugs like fluconazole and echinocandins. In our screen, a series of quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) emerged as an alternative treatment choice for drug-resistant Candida infections. METHODOLOGY: Medium alkyl chain cationic lipo-oxazoles comprising six to thirteen twin carbon chains and a quaternary ammonium unit were synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro anti-Candida and biofilm inhibition activity...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068286/dynamic-hiv-1-genetic-recombination-and-genotypic-drug-resistance-among-treatment-experienced-adults-in-northern-ghana
#19
Nicholas Israel Nii-Trebi, James Ashun Mensah Brandful, Shiro Ibe, Wataru Sugiura, Jacob Samson Barnor, Patrick Owiredu Bampoh, Shoji Yamaoka, Tetsuro Matano, Kazuhisa Yoshimura, Koichi Ishikawa, William Kwabena Ampofo
PURPOSE: There have been hardly any reports on the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) drug-resistance profile from northern Ghana since antiretroviral therapy (ART) was introduced over a decade ago. This study investigated prevailing HIV-1 subtypes and examined the occurrence of drug resistance in ART-experienced patients in Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana. METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional study was carried out on HIV-infected adult patients receiving first-line ART...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068283/genomic-diversity-of-human-adenovirus-type-3-isolated-in-fukui-japan-over-a-24-year-period
#20
Arun K Adhikary
Recently, human adenovirus type 3 (HAdV-3) has become the most isolated HAdV worldwide. Restriction endonuclease analysis of globally isolated strains of HAdV-3 has uncovered 51 genome types to date. Information on the genome type is important to the epidemiological study of HAdV-3. In this study, analysis of 75 isolates of HAdV- 3 collected over a 24-year period in Fukui revealed: (1) the emergence of three novel genome types (HAdV-3a52, HAdV-3a53 and HAdV-3a54) and two known genome types (HAdV-3a and HAdV-3a54); (2) the spectrum of diseases caused by individual genome types and their major involvement in the paediatric age population; and (3) the co-circulation and replacement of genome types as a usual phenomenon...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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