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New Microbiologica

Rosario Musumeci, Enrico Calaresu, Jolanda Gerosa, Davide Oggioni, Simone Bramati, Patrizia Morelli, Ida Mura, Andrea Piana, Bianca Maria Are, Clementina Elvezia Cocuzza
Linezolid is the main representative of the oxazolidinones, introduced in 2000 in clinical practice to treat severe Gram-positive infections. This compound inhibits protein synthesis by binding to the peptidyl transferase centre of the 50S bacterial ribosomal subunit. The aim of this study was to characterize 12 clinical strains of linezolid-resistant Staphylococcus spp. isolated in Northern Italy. All isolates of Staphylococcus spp. studied showed a multi-antibiotic resistance phenotype. In particular, all isolates showed the presence of the mecA gene associated with SSCmec types IVa, V or I...
September 13, 2016: New Microbiologica
Elisa Gabanti, Francesca Bruno, Lucia Scaramuzzi, Filippo Mangione, Paola Zelini, Giuseppe Gerna, Daniele Lilleri
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is still the most common viral infection in solid-organ transplant recipients (SOTR). Our study aimed to identify the predictive values of the T-cell response able to protect from HCMV disease, according to different assays. Viral DNA was determined by real-time PCR. The T-cell immune response to HCMV infection was investigated in SOTR according to the following assays and stimuli: cytokine flow cytometry (CFC) after peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) stimulation with autologous HCMV-infected dendritic cells (iDC) vs three ELISPOT assays using PBMCs stimulated with: i) HCMV-infected cell lysate (iCL); ii) a pool of 34 epitopic peptides (PP) from different HCMV proteins; iii) a commercial pp65 peptide pool (CPM)...
September 13, 2016: New Microbiologica
Elisa Fronti, Marco Vecchia, Luigia Scudeller, Liliana Praticò, Piero Marone, Alba Muzzi, Lorenzo Minoli, Elena Seminari
This study investigated the epidemiology of tuberculosis in the last 16 years in the province of Pavia, Lombardy, Northern Italy. The objective was to evaluate the clinical pattern of tuberculosis in immigrant groups compared with Italians in an observational retrospective study conducted from 1998 to 2013. In all, 615 tuberculosis cases were admitted, 354 males (57.3%), median age 47 years, 425 (69.1%) Italian-born patients, 190 (30.9%) immigrants. The ratio between the immigrant group and the Italian-born group of patients increased from 1...
September 13, 2016: New Microbiologica
Giuseppina Musumeci, Giacomo Magnani, Isabella Bon, Serena Longo, Alessia Bertoldi, Anna Maria Degli Antoni, Maria Rita Rossi, Alessandro Ruggeri, Vittorio Sambri, Simona Semprini, Laura Sighinolfi, Maria Alessandra Ursitti, Alessandro Zerbini, Vincenzo Colangeli, Leonardo Calza, Alba Carola Finarelli, Erika Massimiliani, Maria Carla Re
It is crucial to establish the timing of infection and distinguish between early and long-lasting HIV-1 infections not only for partner notification and epidemiological surveillance, but also to offer early drug treatment and contain the spread of infection. This study analyzed serum and/or plasma samples with a first positive HIV antibody/antigen result coming from different Medical Centers in the Emilia Romagna Region, North East Italy, using the avidity assay, Western Blotting, RNA viral load, CD4 cell counts and genotyping assay...
September 13, 2016: New Microbiologica
Francieli Chassot, Tarcieli Pozzebon Venturini, Fernanda Baldissera Piasentin, Janio Morais Santurio, Terezinha Inez Estivalet Svidzinski, Sydney Hartz Alves
We evaluated the in vitro antifungal activity of diphenyl diselenide and ebselen against echinocandin-susceptible and -resistant strains of Candida parapsilosis using the broth microdilution method. Diphenyl diselenide (MIC range=1-8μg/mL) and ebselen (MIC range=0.25-4μg/mL) showed in vitro activity against echinocandin-susceptible isolates. However, ebselen also showed the highest antifungal activity against echinocandin-resistant strains (MIC range=0.06-4μg/mL). This study demonstrated that the antifungal potential of diphenyl diselenide and ebselen deserves further investigation using in vivo experimental protocols...
September 13, 2016: New Microbiologica
Giovanni Di Guardo
The present Letter to the Editor deals with a number of relevant and hitherto unsolved issues regarding Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. In this respect, special emphasis is placed on the significance of anti-ZIKV antibodies in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with microcephaly or Guillain-Barré syndrome.
August 23, 2016: New Microbiologica
Ilaria Sauzullo, Donatella Maria Rodio, Samantha Facchinetti, Gianluca Puggioni, Massimiliano De Angelis, Paola Goldoni, Vincenzo Vullo, Fabio Mengoni, Maria Trancassini, Valeria Pietropaolo
Early diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) is one the primary challenges in curtailing spread TB. This study aimed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of Xpert MTB/RIF for the identification of M. tuberculosis in clinical specimens, and compare this to a microscopist's diagnostic performance. Xpert MTB/RIF was positive in all specimens with culture-confirmed TB, giving a higher sensitivity than the smear microscopy (100% versus 63%).The use of Xpert MTB/RIF, as part of routine assay, permits rapid diagnosis of TB and enables clinicians to start an effective treatment...
August 23, 2016: New Microbiologica
Giovanni Cenderello, Antonio Di Biagio, Niccolò Riccardi, Lucia Taramasso, Andrea De Maria, Giovanni Cassola, Claudio Viscoli
This work focused on Schistosoma spp. as a potential agent of gross haematuria in non endemic areas. This change in epidemiology is mainly due to recent migratory flows. Moreover it emphasized the needfor cultural action (aimed at Urologists, Dermatologists, General Practitioners and Emergency Medicine doctors) to provide the elements for a correct and timely diagnosis. But the most important issue raised by this paper is the call for a fast track supply of drugs (usually not available in Italy) to field operators for treating tropical diseases...
August 23, 2016: New Microbiologica
Nicola Gianotti, Laura Galli, Renato Maserati, Laura Sighinolfi, Diego Ripamonti, Loredana Palvarini, Sergio Lo Caputo, Emanuele Focà, Benedetto Maurizio Celesia, Franco Baldelli, Gaetana Sterrantino, Adriano Lazzarin
In a multicentre, open-label, clinical trial, 43 patients virologically suppressed while receiving a standard triple antiretroviral therapy were randomized (1:1:1) to switch to monotherapy with darunavir/ritonavir (DRV/r-MT arm), monotherapy with lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r-MT arm) or to continue on the ongoing regimen (cART arm). The proportion (95% CI) of patients with virological success (Snapshot analysis) at week 48 was 73% (48%-90%) in the DRV/r-MT arm, 69% (42%-88%) in the LPV/r-MT arm and 87% (61%-98%) in the cART arm...
August 23, 2016: New Microbiologica
Asuman Şamlı, Arzu İlki
Mycobacteria are an important cause of morbidity in humans. Rapid and accurate mycobacterial identification is important for improving patient outcomes. However, identification of Mycobacterium species is not easy, due to the slow and fastidious growth of mycobacteria. Recently, biochemical, sequencing, and probing methods have come to be used for identification. This study compared the performance of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for the identification of M...
August 23, 2016: New Microbiologica
Maria Cristina Medici, Fabio Tummolo, A Arcangeletti, Flora De Conto, Carlo Chezzi, Icilio Dodi, Adriana Calderaro
During October 2014, enterovirus (EV) RNA was detected in the stools of four children attending the same class in a nursery school, and hospitalized with mild febrile and vomiting disease in Parma, Italy. Upon sequencing, the viruses were characterized as EV71 subgenogroup C2. Phylogenetic analysis of the four EV71 C2 viruses allowed the distinction of a diverging lineage within subgenogroup C2, containing the Italian EV71 C2 strains and viruses detected in France in 2013. The identification of an outbreak of EV71 C2 in Italy extended information on the geographic diffusion and clinical relevance of these viruses in Europe...
July 25, 2016: New Microbiologica
Silvia Arancia, Silvia Sandini, Antonietta Vella, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Sandro Norelli, Flavia De Bernardis
Aspergillus species are the cause of invasive mold infections in immunocompromised patients: Aspergillus fumigatus, A. flavus and A. terreus account for most cases of invasive aspergillosis (IA). As certain species are associated with higher mortality and vary in their resistance to antifungal therapy, diagnosis requires increasingly rapid molecular methods that enable sensitive detection and species discrimination. We have developed PCR and Multiplex PCR assays for the detection of six medically important Aspergillus spp...
July 25, 2016: New Microbiologica
Elisa D'Agati, Mariabernarda Pitzianti, Emanuela Balestrieri, Claudia Matteucci, Paola Sinibaldi Vallebona, Augusto Pasini
Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) have been associated with many complex diseases including neuropsychiatric diseases, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In ADHD an over-expression of HERV-H family in peripheral blood mononuclear cells has been documented. It has been hypothesized that HERVs may represent the link between genetic and environmental risk factors, contributing to the clinical onset and/or to the progression of the neurodevelopmental disease. The effect of pharmacological treatment on HERV transcriptional activity in psychiatric disorders has been attracting attention...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
Stefano Grandesso, Fabio Arena, Franklin Esoka Eseme, Sandro Panese, Lucia Henrici De Angelis, Patrizia Spigaglia, Fabrizio Barbanti, Gian Maria Rossolini
This report describes a case of Clostridium difficile ribotype 033 colitis in a patient treated with multiple antibiotics for KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae pancreatitis. Diagnostic, clinical and therapeutic features are discussed. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of C. difficile ribotype 033 clinical infection reported from Italy.
September 2016: New Microbiologica
Aldo Naselli, Alberto Garaventa, Piero Buffa, Claudio Granata, Roberto Bandettini, Giuliana Cangemi, Andrea Moscatelli, Elio Castagnola
We report a case of primary intestinal infection due to filamentous fungi in an adolescent with Ewing sarcoma. The clinical picture was that of peritonitis secondary to intestinal perforation and the diagnosis was established only on histopathological bases. This condition is very rare, and only one case of primary intestinal mold infection in children with solid tumors has been reported in the literature, although more records can be found describing similar conditions in other cancer patient populations (i...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
Emanuela Balestrieri, Chiara Cipriani, Claudia Matteucci, Natale Capodicasa, Anita Pilika, Ina Korca, Roberta Sorrentino, Ayele Argaw-Denboba, Ilaria Bucci, Martino Tony Miele, Antonella Coniglio, Riccardo Alessandrelli, Paola Sinibaldi Vallebona
Recent studies suggest that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) result from interactions between genetic and environmental factors, whose possible links could be represented by epigenetic mechanisms. Here, we investigated the transcriptional activity of three human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) families, in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from Albanian ASD children, by quantitative real-time PCR. We aimed to confirm the different expression profile already found in Italian ASD children, and to highlight any social and family health condition emerging from information gathered through a questionnaire, to be included among environmental risk factors...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
Laura Mazzuti, Maria Antonietta Lozzi, Elisabetta Riva, Paola Maida, Francesca Falasca, Guido Antonelli, Ombretta Turriziani
We assess the concordance between low level HCV values obtained using the VERSANT HCV RNA 1.0 Assay (kPCR) and COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HCV Quantitative Test v2.0. The correlation between the values obtained by the two RT-PCR assays for samples with quantifiable HCV RNA levels revealed that viral load measured by kPCR significantly correlated with that of the CAP/CTM (R=0.644, P<0.0001). The results show a good concordance (n=126/144, 87%); discordant results were mainly observed in the assessment of values below the lower limit of detection of the assays...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
Elisabetta Buommino, Francesca Paola Nocera, Annamaria Parisi, Antonietta Rizzo, Giovanna Donnarumma, Karina Mallardo, Filomena Fiorito, Adone Baroni, Luisa De Martino
Malassezia pachydermatis is a yeast belonging to the microbiota of the skin and mucous membranes of dog and cat, but it can also act as pathogen, causing dermatitis. The aim of this work was to evaluate the genetic variability of M. pachydermatis strains isolated from symptomatic dogs and cats and determine a correlation between genotype and phenotype. For this purpose eleven strains of M. pachydermatis were molecularly classified by nested-polymerase chain reaction (nested-PCR) based on ITS-1 and ITS-2 regions, specific for fungal rRNA genes...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
Izabela Korona-Glowniak, Kinga Skrzypek, Radosław Siwiec, Andrzej Wrobel, Anna Malm
Fluorochinolones are a class of broad-spectrum antimicrobials in the treatment of several infections, including those caused by Escherichia coli. Due to the increasing resistance of bacteria to antimicrobials, an understanding of fluoroquinolone resistance is important for infection control. The aim of this study was to determine susceptibility of clinical E. coli strains to fluoroquinolones and characterize their mechanisms of quinolone resistance. Totally, 79 non-duplicate clinical E. coli isolates included in this study were mainly from skin lesion -36 (45...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
Melania Ruggeri, Sara Cannas, Marina Cubeddu, Paola Molicotti, Gennarina Laura Piras, Salvatore Dessole, Stefania Zanetti
Infertility is a problem affecting almost 15% of couples. There are many causes for this condition, among which urogenital bacterial infections seem to play an important role. Many studies have explained the mechanisms by which bacteria cause infertility both in men and women. Therefore we undertook this study to evaluate the presence of genito-urinary infections in infertile couples who sought counselling to investigate their condition. Microbiological analysis was performed on semen and vaginal/cervical samples of both partners of each couple...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
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