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Jelmer Sjollema, Heidrun Keul, Henny van der Mei, René Dijkstra, Minie Rustema-Abbing, Joop de Vries, Ton Loontjens, Ton Dirks, Henk Busscher
Various potential anti-infection strategies can be thought of for biomaterial implants and devices. Permanent, tissue-integrated implants such as artificial joint prostheses require a different anti-infection strategy than, for instance, removable urinary catheters. The different requirements set to biomaterials implants and devices in different clinical applications call for tailor-made strategies. Here, a modular coating-concept for biomaterials is reported, which in its full, trifunctional form comprises nonadhesiveness to bacteria and antimicrobial release, combined with enhanced tissue integration characteristics...
October 19, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Jonathan A Otter, Philip Burgess, Frances Davies, Siddharth Mookerjee, Julie Singleton, Mark Gilchrist, Darren Parsons, Eimear T Brannigan, Julie Robotham, Alison H Holmes
OBJECTIVE: To perform an economic evaluation on the cost associated with an outbreak of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE). METHODS: We performed an observational economic evaluation of an outbreak of CPE (NDM-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae) affecting 40 patients in a group of five hospitals across three sites in West London. Costs were split into actual expenditure (including anti-infective costs, enhanced CPE screening, contact precautions, temporary ward-based monitors of hand and environmental practice, and environmental decontamination), and 'opportunity cost' (staff time, bed closures, and elective surgical missed revenue)...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Shota Hamada, Martin C Gulliford
OBJECTIVE: to evaluate primary care drug utilisation during the last year of life, focusing on antidiabetic and cardiovascular drugs, in patients of advanced age with diabetes. DESIGN: population-based cohort study. SETTING: primary care database in the UK. SUBJECTS: patients with type 2 diabetes who died at over 80 years of age between 2011 and 13. METHODS: main outcome measures included proportions of patients prescribed different classes of drugs, comparing the first (Q1) and the fourth quarters (Q4) of the last year of life...
October 15, 2016: Age and Ageing
Clara Cavero-Carbonell, Silvia Gimeno-Martos, Lucía Páramo-Rodríguez, María José Rabanaque-Hernández, Carmen Martos-Jiménez, Óscar Zurriaga
BACKGROUND: Despite the potential risks of drug use during pregnancy, consumption has increased in recent decades. OBJECTIVE: To identify the risk of congenital anomalies (CA) associated with the use of drugs in primary care in pregnant women residents in the Valencia Region. METHODS: A case-control study, considering a case as a less than one year old live birth in 2009-2010, diagnosed with a CA and resident in the Valencia Region, obtained from the CA population-based registry...
October 13, 2016: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
Thomas Mücke, Christian R Krestan, David A Mitchell, Jan S Kirschke, Arno Wutzl
For patients with malignant disease taking bisphosphonates and denosumab, the incidence of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) is up to 15% in contrast to 0.01% in patients with osteoporosis. Clinical presentation of MRONJ extends from asymptomatic exposure of bone in 94% of patients to severe cases of mandibular fractures in a minority of 4.5%. The strongest risk factors for MRONJ are invasive dental procedures and dental infections. Advances in imaging provide more preoperation information compared with panoramic radiograph...
July 2016: Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
Dulcia W N Tan, Soo Ghim Lim, Tina T Wong, Subbu S Venkatraman
Currently, infections following cataract surgery are not as effectively managed with antibiotic eye drops, which suffer from poor bioavailability of drug and low patient compliance. The ideal solution, which can help to overcome the issue of drug wastage and poor bioavailabilty, as well as the need for frequent applications (patient inconvenience), is a drug-eluting intraocular lens (IOL). We describe a novel approach to such a drug-eluting lens by using a peripheral IOL attachment as a drug depot to deliver antibiotics, Levofloxacin (LFX) or Moxifloxacin (MFX)...
2016: PloS One
Sarah A Ross, Jonathan A Lane, Mariarosaria Marotta, Devon Kavanaugh, Joseph Thomas Ryan, Lokesh Joshi, Rita M Hickey
Milk oligosaccharides have many associated bioactivities which can contribute to human health and offer protective properties to the host. Such bioactivities include anti-infective properties whereby oligosaccharides interact with bacterial cells and prevent adhesion to the host and subsequent colonization. Milk oligosaccharides have also been shown to alter the glycosylation of intestinal cells, leading to a reduction in pathogenic colonization. In addition, these sugars promote adhesion of commensal bacterial strains to host cells as well as possessing the ability to alter mucin expression in intestinal cells and improve barrier function...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Jennifer Herrmann, Tadeja Lukežič, Angela Kling, Sascha Baumann, Stephan Hüttel, Hrvoje Petković, Rolf Müller
Natural products continue to be a predominant source for new anti-infective agents. Research at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) is dedicated to the development of new lead structures against infectious diseases and, in particular, new antibiotics against hard-to-treat and multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens. In this chapter, we introduce some of the concepts currently being employed in the field of antibiotic discovery...
October 15, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Juntao Yin, Cuiyu Xiang, Guangxiu Lu
Palmatine (PM) is a potent anti-infective agent used to treat eye diseases. However, PM is less effective for ocular application due to short residence time within the eyes. This study aimed to develop a cationic lipid emulsions (CLEs) for ophthalmic delivery of PM and evaluate its suitability in infection treatment. PM-loaded CLEs (PM-CLEs) were prepared through emulsifying/high pressure homogenization and characterized by particle size, ζ potential and morphology. The resulting PM-CLEs possessed a particle size of 192 nm and ζ potential of 45 mV around...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Microencapsulation
Tien-Sheng Tseng, Shih-Han Wang, Ting-Wei Chang, Hung-Mu Wei, Yu-June Wang, Keng-Chang Tsai, You-Di Liao, Chinpan Chen
The emergence of antibiotic-resistant microbial strains has become a public health issue and there is an urgent need to develop new anti-infective molecules. Although natural antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) can exert bactericidal activities, they have not shown clinical efficacy. The limitations of native peptides may be overcome with rational design and synthesis. Here, we provide evidence that the bactericidal activity of a synthetic peptide, GW-Q6, against Pseudomonas aeruginosa is mediated through outer membrane protein OprI...
2016: PloS One
Karen C Carroll, La'tonzia L Adams
This review will focus on the infectious etiologies and more common noninfectious causes of lower respiratory tract syndromes among major immunosuppressed populations. The changing epidemiology of infections in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the case of HIV-positive patients and the impacts of both newer immune-suppressant therapies and anti-infective prophylaxis for other immunocompromised hosts will be discussed, with emphasis on diagnostic approaches and practice algorithms.
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
O F Ashubu, A D Ademola, A O Asinobi
Adverse drug reactions in children are an important public health problem. Children are at a higher risk of developing adverse drug reactions as they seldom express their own drug therapy experiences. Factors that have been implicated include polypharmacy especially with anti-infective and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; also concomitant use of traditional medicines which is prevalent in some cultures. Cutaneous drug allergy is a common manifestation of adverse drug reactions.
June 2016: Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine
Elsa Goerger, Estelle Honnorat, Hélène Savini, Mathieu Coulange, Eric Bergmann, Fabrice Simon, Piseth Seng, Andreas Stein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: IDCases
Shaileja Chopra, Andrés Palencia, Cornelia Virus, Sarah Schulwitz, Brenda R Temple, Stephen Cusack, John Reader
Antibiotic-producing microbes evolved self-resistance mechanisms to avoid suicide. The biocontrol Agrobacterium radiobacter K84 secretes the Trojan Horse antibiotic agrocin 84 that is selectively transported into the plant pathogen A. tumefaciens and processed into the toxin TM84. We previously showed that TM84 employs a unique tRNA-dependent mechanism to inhibit leucyl-tRNA synthetase (LeuRS), while the TM84-producer prevents self-poisoning by expressing a resistant LeuRS AgnB2. We now identify a mechanism by which the antibiotic-producing microbe resists its own toxin...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Zhaojun Jia, Peng Xiu, Pan Xiong, Wenhao Zhou, Yan Cheng, Shicheng Wei, Yufeng Zheng, Tingfei Xi, Hong Cai, Zhongjun Liu, Cai-Mei Wang, Wei-Ping Zhang, Zhi-Jiang Li
Restoring large-scale bone defects, where osteogenesis is slow while infections lurk, with biomaterials represents a formidable challenge in orthopedic clinics. Here, we propose a scaffold-based multipurpose anti-infection and bone repairing strategy to meet such restorative needs. To do this, personalized multifunctional titanium meshes were produced through an advanced additive manufacturing process and dual "TiO2‒poly(dopamine)/Ag (nano)" post modifications, yielding macroporous constructs with micro/nanoporous walls and nanosilver bullets immobilized/embedded therein...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Wiebke Landwehr, Corinna Wolf, Joachim Wink
Bacteria have been by far the most promising resource for antibiotics in the past decades and will in all undoubtedly remain an important resource of innovative bioactive natural products in the future. Actinobacteria have been screened for many years, whereas the Myxobacteria have been underestimated in the past. Even though Actinobacteria belong to the Gram-positive and Myxobacteria to the Gram-negative bacteria both groups have a number of similar characters, as they both have huge genomes with in some cases more than 10kB and a high GC content and they both can differentiate and have often cell cycles including the formation of spores...
October 5, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Talat Ghane, Yasna Behmanesh, Fardin Khazei
Drug and Poison Information Centers (DPICs) have a critical role in the fulfillment of rational drug use programs and provide services to the scientific community with the aim of improving the health and safety of drug use. This was a retrospective study on recorded calls of DPICs in Iran from March 2012 to March 2013. Data consisted of general information; drug and poisoning information, medical history and also the distribution of a number of calls collected by DPICs in Iran. The centers received a total of 171769 calls...
August 2016: Acta Medica Iranica
M Schiavon, M Francescon, D Drigo, G Salloum, R Baraziol, J Tesei, E Fraccalanza, F Barbone
BACKGROUND: INTEGRA(®) Dermal Regeneration Template is a well-known and widely used acellular dermal matrix. Although it helps to solve many challenging problems in reconstructive surgery, the product cost may make it an expensive alternative compared to other reconstruction procedures. This retrospective study aims at comparing INTEGRA-based treatment to flap surgery in terms of cost and benefit. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We considered only patients treated for scalp defects with bone exposure in order to obtain two groups as homogeneous as possible...
October 3, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Lucie Palosse-Cantaloube, Caroline Hurault-Delarue, Anna-Belle Beau, Jean-Louis Montastruc, Isabelle Lacroix, Christine Damase-Michel
The aim of the study was to evaluate the association between in utero exposure to drugs that potentially exhibit immunosuppressive activity and occurrence of infections during the first year of life. We conducted a cohort study on the prescription data of pregnant women and their children registered in EFEMERIS cohort (France), during a one-year period. We classified in utero child exposure according to the number of reimbursements for immunosuppressive drugs during pregnancy. The number of infectious episodes during the first year of life was estimated through the number of anti-infective drugs dispensed...
September 30, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Hana Čipčić Paljetak, Linda Tomašković, Mario Matijašić, Mirjana Bukvić, Andrea Fajdetić, Donatella Verbanac, Mihaela Perića
5-LOX - 5-lipoxygenase; ACT - artemisinin-based combination therapies; ADME - absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion; BAL - broncho alveolar lavage; CABP - community acquired bacterial pneumonia; cAMP - cyclic adenosine monophosphate; CAP - community-acquired pneumonia; CF - cystic fibrosis, BOS bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome; cGMP - cyclic guanosine monophosphate; COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; COX - cyclooxygenase; DPB - diffuse panbronchiolitis; HDACs - histone deacetylases; IBD - inflammatory bowel disease; IL-1p - interleukin 1p; IL-6 - interleukin 6; MIC - minimal inhibitory concentrations; MLSB - macrolide, lincosamide, streptogramin B; NSAIDs - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; OVA - ovalbumin; PDE4 - phosphodiesterase 4; PMA - phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate; RA - rheumatoid arthritis; RTI - respiratory tract infections; SAHA - suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid; SAR - structure-activity-relationship; Th1 - type 1 helper T-cell; TNBS - trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid; TNF-α - tumour necrosis factor α; UN - United Nations, WHO - World Health Organisation...
September 27, 2016: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
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