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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329302/sensitization-of-gram-negative-bacilli-to-host-antibacterial-proteins
#1
Joanna Jammal, Fadia Zaknoon, Galoz Kaneti, Ayelet S Hershkovits, Amram Mor
Towards addressing the need for novel alternatives to antibiotics, we attempted to sensitize Gram-negative bacilli (GNB) to innate antibacterial protagonists. We report a lipopeptide-like sequence (C10OOc12O) that inflicted outer-membrane damages at low micromolar range, whereas measurable bacterial growth inhibition in broth medium required >10-fold higher concentrations. In serum however, C10OOc12O induced antibacterial activity in a manner suppressible by anti-complements antibodies or heat treatment, and acted synergistically with exogenous lysozyme in broth and serum media...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314101/a-dielectrophoresis-system-for-testing-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-gram-negative-bacteria-to-beta-lactam-antibiotics
#2
I-Hsiu Su, Wen-Chien Ko, Chung-Hsin Shih, Fang-Hao Yeh, Yung-Nien Sun, Jung-Chih Chen, Po-Lin Chen, Hsien-Chang Chang
Gram-negative bacteria (GNBs) are common pathogens causing severe sepsis. Rapid evaluation of drug susceptibility would guide effective antibiotic treatment, and promote life-saving. A total of 78 clinical isolates of 13 gram-negative species collected between April 2013 and November 2013 from two medical centers in Tainan were tested. Bacterial morphology changes in different concentrations of antibiotics were observed under the electric field of a quadruple electrode array using light microscopy. The minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of four antimicrobial agents, namely cefazolin, ceftazidime, cefepime, and doripenem, were determined by the dielectrophoretic antimicrobial susceptibility testing (dAST) and by the conventional broth dilution testing (BDT)...
March 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304018/graphene-nanobubbles-on-tio2-for-in-operando-electron-spectroscopy-of-liquid-phase-chemistry
#3
S Nappini, A Matruglio, D Naumenko, S Dal Zilio, F Bondino, M Lazzarino, E Magnano
X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) provide unique knowledge on the electronic structure and chemical properties of materials. Unfortunately this information is scarce when investigating solid/liquid interfaces and chemical or photochemical reactions under ambient conditions because of the short electron inelastic mean free path (IMFP) that requires a vacuum environment, which poses serious limitation on the application of XPS and XAS to samples present in the atmosphere or in the presence of a solvent...
March 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285886/one-year-record-of-bioaerosols-and-particles-concentration-in-indo-gangetic-plain-implications-of-biomass-burning-emissions-to-high-level-of-endotoxin-exposure
#4
Prashant Rajput, Manzar Hussain Anjum, Tarun Gupta
Previous studies worldwide have suggested the potential role of bioaerosols as ice-nuclei and cloud-condensation nuclei. Furthermore, their participation in regulating the global carbon cycle urges systematic studies from different environmental conditions throughout the globe. Towards this through one-year study, conducted from June 2015-May 2016, we report on atmospheric abundance and variability of viable bioaerosols, organic carbon (OC) and particles number and deduced mass concentrations from Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP; at Kanpur)...
March 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268024/presence-distribution-and-molecular-epidemiology-of-multi-drug-resistant-gram-negative-bacilli-from-medical-personnel-of-intensive-care-units-in-tianjin-china-2007-2015
#5
H Liu, C N Fei, Y Zhang, G W Liu, J Liu, J Dong
BACKGROUND: Multi-drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (MDRGNB) have become an important cause of nosocomial infection in intensive care units (ICUs). AIMS: To investigate the molecular epidemiology of MDRGNB isolated from medical personnel (MP) and non-medical personnel (NMP) at 69 ICUs in Tianjin, China. METHODS: From April 2007 to October 2015, 2636 nasal and hand swab samples from 1185 MP and 133 NMP were cultured for GNB (including MDRGNB), meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254253/surveillance-culture-for-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria-performance-in-liver-transplant-recipients
#6
Maristela Pinheiro Freire, Isabel Cristina Villela Soares Oshiro, Patrícia Rodrigues Bonazzi, Ligia Câmera Pierrotti, Larissa Marques de Oliveira, Anna Silva Machado, Inneke Marie Van Der Heijdenn, Flavia Rossi, Silvia Figueiredo Costa, Luiz Augusto Carneiro D'Albuquerque, Edson Abdala
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of infection with multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) after solid-organ transplantation is increasing. Surveillance culture (SC) seems to be an important tool for MDR-GNB control. The goal of this study was to analyze the performance of SC for MDR-GNB among liver transplant (LT) recipients. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study involving patients who underwent LT between November 2009 and November 2011. We screened patients for extended spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli, extended spectrum β-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae, and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA), and carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB)...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249572/efficacy-and-safety-of-de-escalation-therapy-to-ertapenem-for-treatment-of-infections-caused-by-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-an-open-label-randomized-controlled-trial
#7
Pinyo Rattanaumpawan, Peerawong Werarak, Anupop Jitmuang, Pattarachai Kiratisin, Visanu Thamlikitkul
BACKGROUND: Carbapenem antibiotics are considered the treatment of choice for serious extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) infections. The study objectives were to evaluate efficacy and safety of de-escalation therapy to ertapenem for treatment of infections caused by extended-spectrum-β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae. METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled trial of adult patients with documented ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae infections who had received any group 2 carbapenem for less than 96 h...
March 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241746/factors-influencing-mortality-in-abdominal-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-with-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-bacteremia
#8
Bingbing Qiao, Jianzhen Wu, Qiquan Wan, Sheng Zhang, Qifa Ye
BACKGROUND: Although multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteremia (GNB) has been recognized as an important cause of morbidity and mortality among abdominal solid organ transplant (ASOT) recipients, there are no data on its prognostic factors after an interim standard definition of MDR was proposed in 2012. The objective of this study was to describe the epidemiology, microbiology, and predictors of infection-related 30-day mortality in ASOT recipients with MDR GNB. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, double-center analysis of ASOT patients with MDR GNB over a 13-year study period...
February 27, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198662/changes-in-bacterial-epidemiology-and-antibiotic-resistance-among-veterans-with-spinal-cord-injury-disorder-over-the-past-9-years
#9
Margaret A Fitzpatrick, Katie J Suda, Nasia Safdar, Stephen P Burns, Makoto M Jones, Linda Poggensee, Swetha Ramanathan, Charlesnika T Evans
OBJECTIVE: Patients with spinal cord injury and disorder (SCI/D) have an increased risk of infection with multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. We described bacterial epidemiology and resistance in patients with SCI/D at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) for the past 9 years. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort Setting: One hundred thirty VAMCs. PARTICIPANTS: Veterans with SCI/D and bacterial cultures with antibiotic susceptibility testing performed between 1/1/2005-12/31/2013...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155015/nitrofurantoin-safety-and-effectiveness-in-treating-acute-uncomplicated-cystitis-auc-in-hospitalized-adults-with-renal-insufficiency-antibiotic-stewardship-implications
#10
B A Cunha, C B Cunha, B Lam, J Giuga, J Chin, V F Zafonte, S Gerson
Nitrofurantoin remains a key oral antibiotic stewardship program (ASP) option in the treatment of acute uncomplicated cystitis (AUC) due to multi-drug resistant (MDR) Gram negative bacilli (GNB). However, there have been concerns regarding decreased nitrofurantoin efficacy with renal insufficiency. In our experience over the past three decades, nitrofurantoin has been safe and effective in treating AUC in hospitalized adults with renal insufficiency. Accordingly, we retrospectively reviewed our recent experience treating AUC in hospitalized adults with decreased renal function (CrCl < 60 ml/min) with nitrofurantoin...
February 2, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149576/duration-of-antibiotic-therapy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#11
REVIEW
Gabor Zilahi, Mary Aisling McMahon, Pedro Povoa, Ignacio Martin-Loeches
There are certain well defined clinical situations where prolonged therapy is beneficial, but prolonged duration of antibiotic therapy is associated with increased resistance, medicalising effects, high costs and adverse drug reactions. The best way to decrease antibiotic duration is both to stop antibiotics when not needed (sterile invasive cultures with clinical improvement), not to start antibiotics when not indicated (treating colonization) and keep the antibiotic course as short as possible. The optimal duration of antimicrobial treatment for ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is unknown, however, there is a growing evidence that reduction in the length of antibiotic courses to 7-8 days can minimize the consequences of antibiotic overuse in critical care, including antibiotic resistance, adverse effects, collateral damage and costs...
December 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149515/bloodstream-infections-and-antimicrobial-sensitivity-patterns-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-india
#12
Nikita Vasudeva, Prem Singh Nirwan, Preeti Shrivastava
BACKGROUND: Invasion of the bloodstream by microorganisms constitutes one of the most serious situations in infectious disease. Microorganisms present in circulating blood whether continuously, intermittently, or transiently are a threat to every organ in the body. Prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility of microorganisms vary depending upon the geography and the use of antibiotics. METHODS: A cross-sectional study to determine the prevalent organisms causing bloodstream infection was conducted...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139768/mulifunctional-dendritic-emitter-aggregation-induced-emission-enhanced-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescent-material-for-solution-processed-multilayered-organic-light-emitting-diodes
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Kenichi Matsuoka, Ken Albrecht, Kimihisa Yamamoto, Katsuhiko Fujita
Thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) materials emerged as promising light sources in third generation organic light-emitting diodes (OLED). Much effort has been invested for the development of small molecular TADF materials and vacuum process-based efficient TADF-OLEDs. In contrast, a limited number of solution processable high-molecular weight TADF materials toward low cost, large area, and scalable manufacturing of solution processed TADF-OLEDs have been reported so far. In this context, we report benzophenone-core carbazole dendrimers (GnB, n = generation) showing TADF and aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE) properties along with alcohol resistance enabling further solution-based lamination of organic materials...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135233/use-of-colistin-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-a-cohort-study-of-65-patients
#14
Eren Çağan, Evrim Kıray Baş, Hüseyin Selim Asker
BACKGROUND The emergence of infections related to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli (MDR-GNB) reintroduced the use of colistin, an antibiotic that was previously abandoned due to adverse effects. However, because of its limited use in neonatal intensive care units, there is very little data about the effectiveness and safety of colistin in children and newborns. In this study, which will be the largest case study in the literature, we aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of colistin in full-term and preterm newborns...
January 30, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128096/validation-of-a-colistin-plasma-concentration-breakpoint-as-a-predictor-of-nephrotoxicity-in-patients-treated-with-colistin-methanesulfonate
#15
MULTICENTER STUDY
Juan P Horcajada, Luisa Sorlí, Sonia Luque, Natividad Benito, Concepción Segura, Nuria Campillo, Milagro Montero, Erika Esteve, Beatriz Mirelis, Virginia Pomar, Jordi Cuquet, Carmina Martí, Pau Garro, Santiago Grau
Nephrotoxicity limits the effective use of colistin for the treatment of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) infections. We previously defined a steady-state colistin plasma concentration (Css) of 2.42 mg/L that predicted nephrotoxicity at end of treatment (EOT). The objective of this study was to validate this breakpoint in a prospective cohort. This was a multicentre, prospective, observational study conducted at three hospitals with a cohort of patients treated for MDR-GNB infection with colistin methanesulfonate from September 2011 until January 2015...
December 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115333/clinical-efficacy-of-%C3%AE-lactam-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor-combinations-for-the-treatment-of-bloodstream-infection-due-to-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-haematological-patients-with-neutropaenia-a-study-protocol-for-a-retrospective-observational
#16
C Gudiol, C Royo-Cebrecos, C Tebe, E Abdala, M Akova, R Álvarez, G Maestro-de la Calle, A Cano, C Cervera, W T Clemente, P Martín-Dávila, A Freifeld, L Gómez, T Gottlieb, M Gurguí, F Herrera, A Manzur, G Maschmeyer, Y Meije, M Montejo, M Peghin, J Rodríguez-Baño, I Ruiz-Camps, T C Sukiennik, J Carratalà
INTRODUCTION: Bloodstream infection (BSI) due to extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Gram-negative bacilli (ESBL-GNB) is increasing at an alarming pace worldwide. Although β-lactam/β-lactamase inhibitor (BLBLI) combinations have been suggested as an alternative to carbapenems for the treatment of BSI due to these resistant organisms in the general population, their usefulness for the treatment of BSI due to ESBL-GNB in haematological patients with neutropaenia is yet to be elucidated...
January 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114979/impact-of-the-duration-of-antibiotics-on-clinical-events-in-patients-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-study
#17
Adrien Bouglé, Arnaud Foucrier, Hervé Dupont, Philippe Montravers, Alexandre Ouattara, Pierre Kalfon, Pierre Squara, Tabassome Simon, Julien Amour
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) accounts for 25% of infections in intensive care units. Compared to a long duration (LD) of antibiotic therapy, a short duration (SD) has a comparable clinical efficacy with less antibiotic use and less multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogen emergence, with the exception of documented VAP of non-fermenting Gram-negative bacilli (NF-GNB), including Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA). These results have led the American Thoracic Society to recommend SD therapy for VAP, except for PA-VAP...
January 23, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099062/rectal-carriage-of-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-and-carbapenemase-producing-gram-negative-bacilli-in-intensive-care-units-in-tunisia
#18
Samia Hammami, Chaima Dahdeh, Kelthoum Mamlouk, Sana Ferjeni, Elaa Maamar, Zeineb Hamzaoui, Mabrouka Saidani, Salma Ghedira, Mohamed Houissa, Amin Slim, Ilhem Boutiba-Ben Boubaker
This study was conducted to evaluate the rate of fecal carriage of Gram-negative bacilli (GNB) resistant to third-generation cephalosporins (third GC) in patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Charles Nicolle Hospital of Tunis and to identify the enzymatic mechanisms involved. From February to April 2014, rectal swabs were collected from all patients (n = 38) at admission and once weekly thereafter to identify acquisition. They were cultured on desoxycholate-lactose-agar plates supplemented with cefotaxime (2 mg/L)...
January 18, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073895/evaluation-of-genotypic-and-phenotypic-methods-to-detect-carbapenemase-production-in-gram-negative-bacilli
#19
Allison R McMullen, Melanie L Yarbrough, Meghan A Wallace, Angela Shupe, Carey-Ann D Burnham
BACKGROUND: Carbapenemase-producing gram-negative bacteria (CP-GNB) are an urgent and expanding public health threat. Rapid and accurate identification of these organisms facilitates infection prevention efforts in healthcare facilities. The objective of our study was to evaluate methods to detect and identify CP-GNB. METHODS: We examined 189 carbapenem-resistant GNB(CR-GNB), including Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Acinetobacter baumannii complex, using 3 different methods: 2 methods to screen isolates of GNB for carbapenemase production [the carbapenem inactivation method (CIM) and 2 chromogenic agars] and a molecular method (Cepheid GeneXpert Carba-R) to identify the mechanism of carbapenem resistance and the associated resistance genes (blaKPC, blaNDM, blaIMP, blaOXA-48-like, and blaVIM)...
March 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007716/optimizing-colistin-dosing-is-a-loading-dose-necessary
#20
Lama H Nazer, Nadine Anabtawi
PURPOSE: Published literature on the pharmacokinetics and effectiveness of colistin loading doses is reviewed. SUMMARY: Colistin is increasingly used to treat infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria (GNB). A literature search identified seven reports on studies of colistin loading doses. All reviewed studies involved small samples of critically ill patients, with considerable variation in the colistin products and loading doses used...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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