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Weiwei Wang, Ting Jiang, Weihong Zhang, Chunyu Li, Jun Chen, Dandan Xiang, Kejiang Cao, Lian-Wen Qi, Ping Li, Wei Zhu, Wensen Chen, Yan Chen
The study was undertaken to describe the profile of patients and the characteristics of all multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) and to assess mortality. We examined 138 patients with bloodstream infections (BSIs) caused by MDR-GNB. Clinical characteristics, antibiotic therapy, and in-hospital mortality were analyzed. Survivor and nonsurvivor subgroups were compared to identify predictors of mortality. The in-hospital mortality rate was 25.4%. Univariate analysis revealed that comorbidities and inadequate initial antimicrobial treatment could increase risk of death...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
Rajeev Soman, Neha Gupta, Mitesh Suthar, Jatin Kothari, Alan Almeida, Anjali Shetty, Camilla Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Central-line-associated blood-stream infection (CLABSI) is a highly consequential nosocomial infection. The most effective management includes the removal of the infected catheter. Retention of the catheter and antibiotic lock therapy (ALT) along with systemic antibiotics may be attempted only if there are unusual extenuating circumstances. CLABSIs due to Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) is more common in our setting and the organisms are often highly resistant. Hence, there is a need to explore the use of novel antimicrobials for catheter lock solutions along with antibiofilm agents...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Yo Shinoda, Yui Nakajima, Hirotoshi Iguchi, Satoshi Tatsumi, Motomitsu Kitaoka, Masahiro Nakajima, Tsutomu Takahashi, Yasuyuki Fujiwara, Teiichi Furuichi
Galacto-N-biose (GNB: Galβ1-3GalNAc) is an O-glycan disaccharide core moiety that is a core component of mucin in the gastrointestinal tract; however, the physiological properties of GNB are not well understood. Glutamate excitotoxicity causes neuronal death in acute neurological disorders including stroke, trauma, and neurodegenerative disease. Therefore the discovery of drugs to treat glutamate excitotoxicity is an important goal. Here, we report that GNB is neuroprotective against glutamate-induced excitotoxicity...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Gonzalo N Bidart, Jesús Rodríguez-Díaz, Martina Palomino-Schätzlein, Vicente Monedero, María J Yebra
Lacto-N-biose (LNB) and galacto-N-biose (GNB) are major building blocks of free oligosaccharides and glycan moieties of glyco-complexes present in human milk and gastrointestinal mucosa. We have previously characterized the phospho-β-galactosidase GnbG from Lactobacillus casei BL23 that is involved in the metabolism of LNB and GNB. GnbG has been used here in transglycosylation reactions, and it showed the production of LNB and GNB with N-acetylglucosamine and N-acetylgalactosamine as acceptors, respectively...
October 7, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Jocelyn Qi Min Teo, Yiying Cai, Tze-Peng Lim, Thuan Tong Tan, Andrea Lay-Hoon Kwa
Singapore is an international travel and medical hub and faces a genuine threat for import and dissemination of bacteria with broad-spectrum resistance. In this review, we described the current landscape and management of carbapenem resistance in Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) in Singapore. Notably, the number of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae has exponentially increased in the past two years. Resistance is largely mediated by a variety of mechanisms. Polymyxin resistance has also emerged. Interestingly, two Escherichia coli isolates with plasmid-mediated mcr-1 genes have been detected...
February 16, 2016: Microorganisms
Dong Sup Lee, Hyun-Sop Choe, Hee Youn Kim, Je Mo Yoo, Woong Jin Bae, Yong Hyun Cho, Sun Wook Kim, Chang Hee Han, Sang Rak Bae, Hoon Jang, Su Bum Park, Byung Il Yoon, Seung-Ju Lee
OBJECTIVES: To identify the age- and sex-specific antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) in outpatient febrile urinary tract infections (UTIs) in Korea. METHODS: A total 2262 consecutive samples collected from patients aged 1-101 years with febrile UTIs, during the period January 2012 to December 2014, were analyzed in this multicentre, retrospective cohort study. RESULTS: The sensitivities to cefotaxime and cefoxitin were over 85% for females but under 75% for males...
August 26, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Ji-Yong Lee, Cheol-In Kang, Jae-Hoon Ko, Woo Joo Lee, Hye-Ri Seok, Ga Eun Park, Sun Young Cho, Young Eun Ha, Doo Ryeon Chung, Nam Yong Lee, Kyong Ran Peck, Jae-Hoon Song
BACKGROUND: With the increasing use of carbapenems, carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria have become a major concern in healthcare-associated infections. This study was performed to evaluate the clinical and microbiological features of breakthrough Gram-negative bacteremia (GNB) during carbapenem therapy and to assess risk factors for development of breakthrough GNB. METHODS: A case-control study was performed at a tertiary hospital from 2005 to 2014. Cases were defined as individuals whose blood cultures grew Gram-negative bacteria while receiving carbapenems for at least 48 hours before breakthrough GNB...
August 29, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Fawzia E Al-Otaibi, Elham E Bukhari, Mona Badr, Abdulkarim A Alrabiaa
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the epidemiology, risk factors, and antibiotic resistance of Gram negative bacteria (GNB) in patients with hematologic or solid organ malignancies.   METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 61 episodes of GNB bacteremia occurring in 56 patients with malignancy admitted to the Oncology Units in King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the period from January 2013 to October 2015. Data were retrieved from the computerized database of the microbiology laboratory and the patient's medical records...
September 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Kamil Moldosanov, Andrei Postnikov
BACKGROUND: The need for practical and adaptable terahertz sources is apparent in the areas of application such as early cancer diagnostics, nondestructive inspection of pharmaceutical tablets, visualization of concealed objects. We outline the operation principle and suggest the design of a simple appliance for generating terahertz radiation by a system of nanoobjects - gold nanobars (GNBs) or nanorings (GNRs) - irradiated by microwaves. RESULTS: Our estimations confirm a feasibility of the idea that GNBs and GNRs irradiated by microwaves could become terahertz emitters with photon energies within the full width at half maximum of the longitudinal acoustic phononic DOS of gold (ca...
2016: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Priscila Rosalba Oliveira, Vladimir Cordeiro Carvalho, Cassia da Silva Felix, Adriana Pereira de Paula, Jorge Santos-Silva, Ana Lucia Lei Munhoz Lima
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the incidence and microbiological profile of surgical site infections (SSIs) associated with internal fixation of fractures and to compare differences in the SSIs observed among patients with closed and open fractures. METHODS: Retrospective study. Analyzed data included information from all patients who underwent surgery for fixation of closed or open fractures from January 2005 to December 2012 and remained outpatients for at least one year following surgery...
July 2016: Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Ming-Horng Tsai, I-Ta Lee, Shih-Ming Chu, Reyin Lien, Hsuan-Rong Huang, Ming-Chou Chiang, Ren-Huei Fu, Jen-Fu Hsu, Yhu-Chering Huang
Extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Gram-negative bacteremia (GNB) in the neonatal intensive care unit was characterized by comparison with two control groups: a susceptible control group and a general base population group over 2001 to 2012. The influence of ESBL production on mortality was studied in all study subjects and ESBL-GNB isolates were microbiologically characterized. We identified 77 episodes of ESBL-GNB (14.2% of all neonatal late-onset GNB), which were caused by Klebsiella spp. (62...
2016: PloS One
Padmanathan Karthick Kannan, Chunxiao Hu, Hywel Morgan, Stanislav A Moshkalev, Chandra Sekhar Rout
An electrochemical sensor has been developed for the detection of Bisphenol-A (BPA) using photolithographically patterned platinum electrodes modified with multilayer graphene nanobelts (GNB). Compared to bare electrodes, the GNB modified electrode exhibited enhanced BPA oxidation current, due to the high effective surface area and high adsorption capacity of the GNB. The sensor showed a linear response over the concentration range from 0.5 μM-9 μM with a very low limit of detection = 37.33 nM. In addition, the sensor showed very good stability and reproducibility with good specificity, demonstrating that GNB is potentially a new material for the development of a practical BPA electrochemical sensor with application in both industrial and plastic industries...
September 16, 2016: Nanotechnology
Christopher G Chapman, Uzma D Siddiqui, Maricarmen Manzano, Vani J Konda, Cynthia Murillo, Emily M Landon, Irving Waxman
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The complex design of the elevator mechanism in duodenoscopes has been recognized as a challenge for disinfection and recently implicated as a potential source of persistent bacterial contamination. Curvilinear array (CLA) echoendoscopes also have an elevator mechanism; however, there are no recommendations or data regarding the risk of persistent bacterial contamination of echoendoscopes. Here we hoped to determine the yield of microbial growth with routine bacterial surveillance cultures of reprocessed CLA echoendoscopes...
July 28, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Evelyn Shaw, Ibironke Addy, Margaret Stoddart, Christiane Vank, Sally Grier, Irith Wiegand, Leonard Leibovici, Noa Eliakim-Raz, Laura Vallejo-Torres, Stephen Morris, Alasdair MacGowan, Jordi Carratalà, Miquel Pujol
INTRODUCTION: The emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacteria (GNB), including carbapenemase-producing strains, has become a major therapeutic challenge. These MDR isolates are often involved in complicated urinary tract infection (cUTI), and are associated with poor clinical outcomes. The study has been designed to gain insight into the epidemiology, clinical management, outcome and healthcare cost of patients with cUTI, especially in countries with high prevalence of MDR GNB...
2016: BMJ Open
Ryan Vetor, Clinton K Murray, Katrin Mende, Rachel Melton-Kreft, Kevin S Akers, Joseph Wenke, Tracy Spirk, Charles Guymon, Wendy Zera, Miriam L Beckius, Elizabeth R Schnaubelt, Garth Ehrlich, Todd J Vento
BACKGROUND: The role of microbial colonization in disease is complex. Novel molecular tools to detect colonization offer theoretical improvements over traditional methods. We evaluated PCR/Electrospray Ionization-Time-of-Flight-Mass Spectrometry (PCR/ESI-TOF-MS) as a screening tool to study colonization of healthy military service members. METHODS: We assessed 101 healthy Soldiers using PCR/ESI-TOF-MS on nares, oropharynx, and groin specimens for the presence of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria (GNB), fungi, and antibiotic resistance genes...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Yiying Cai, Nathalie Grace Chua, Tze-Peng Lim, Jocelyn Qi-Min Teo, Winnie Lee, Asok Kurup, Tse-Hsien Koh, Thuan-Tong Tan, Andrea L Kwa
INTRODUCTION: Combination therapy is increasingly utilized against extensively-drug resistant (XDR) Gram negative bacteria (GNB). However, choosing a combination can be problematic as effective combinations are often strain-specific. An in vitro antibiotic combination testing (iACT) service, aimed to guide the selection of individualized and rationally optimized combination regimens within 48 hours, was developed. We described the role and feasibility of the iACT service in guiding individualized antibiotic combination selection in patients with XDR-GNB infections...
2016: PloS One
Marco Falcone, David Paterson
During the last decade infections caused by MDR Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) have become increasingly prevalent. Because of their high morbidity and mortality rates, these infections constitute a serious threat to public health worldwide. Ceftazidime/avibactam is a new approved agent combining ceftazidime and a novel β-lactamase inhibitor with activity against various β-lactamases produced by MDR GNB. Avibactam has a spectrum of inhibition of class A and C β-lactamases, including ESBLs, AmpC and Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) enzymes...
October 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Pierre Bogaerts, Gaelle Cuzon, Stéphanie Evrard, Martin Hoebeke, Thierry Naas, Youri Glupczynski
The dissemination of Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) producing extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), plasmid-encoded cephalosporinases (pAmpCs) and carbapenemases is a matter of great clinical concern. In this study, we evaluated a new low-density DNA array 'Check-MDR CT103 XL' (Check-Points, Wageningen, The Netherlands) that identifies the most clinically relevant β-lactamase genes of ESBLs (blaTEM, blaSHV, blaCTX-M, blaBEL, blaPER, blaGES and blaVEB), pAmpCs (blaCMY-2-like, blaDHA, blaFOX, blaACC-1, blaACT/MIR and blaCMY-1-like/MOX) and carbapenemases (blaKPC, blaOXA-48, blaVIM, blaIMP, blaNDM, blaGIM, blaSPM and blaOXA-23, -24 and -58) in cultured bacteria...
August 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Hyunsoo Kim, Ji Yeon Sung, Dongeun Yong, Seok Hoon Jeong, Wonkeun Song, Kyungwon Lee, Yunsop Chong
BACKGROUND: Rapid detection of carbapenemase-producing gram-negative bacilli (GNB) is required for optimal treatment of infected patients. We developed and assessed a new disk carbapenemase test (DCT). METHODS: Paper disks containing 0.3 mg of imipenem and bromothymol blue indicator were developed, and the performance of the DCT were evaluated by using 742 strains of GNB with or without carbapenemases. RESULTS: The paper disks were simple to prepare, and the dried disks were stable at -20°C and at 4°C...
September 2016: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
Dorina Timofte, Carmen Valentina Panzaru, Iuliana Elena Maciuca, Maria Dan, Anca Delia Mare, Adrian Man, Felicia Toma
We report the findings of an active surveillance scheme for detection of asymptomatic carriers with carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria (CP-GNB) in Romanian hospitals. During a pilot study from December 2014 to May 2015, faecal cultures were screened in three hospitals (two large, one medium-size) for patients newly admitted to selected wards or inpatients transferred from other wards to an intensive-care unit. The study revealed a high prevalence of CP-GNB detected in 22/27 and 28/38 of the carbapenem non-susceptible isolates from Hospitals 1 and 3, respectively...
June 23, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
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